Phuc Yea is back.
Phuc Yea is back.
Photo by Laine Doss

September 2016 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

September is traditionally a slow month for restaurants in Miami. Despite a Zika scare, however, restaurants held their own — possibly because of Miami Spice and Wynwood's Love for Locals campaign as promotional boosts. 

Thankfully, the month's openings were robust and closings were nil. Notable openings include two long-awaited eateries on Biscayne Boulevard: Paulie Gee's Brooklyn Pizza and Phuc Yea.

Chef Bradley Kilgore opened Brava at the Arsht Center, and Matthew Sherman of Jugofresh opened his Paradigm Kitchen in Sunset Harbour.


  • 320 Gastrolounge at Village of Merrick Park
  • Barley at Downtown Dadeland
  • Brava by Brad Kilgore at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
  • Clove Mediterranean (195 SE Third Ave., Miami)
  • Elle Taco at Dadeland Mall
  • Paradigm Kitchen (1834 Bay Rd., Miami Beach)
  • Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery (13416 NW 38th Ct., Opa-locka)
  • Paulie Gee's Brooklyn Pizza (8001 Biscayne Blvd., Miami)
  • Phuc Yea (7100 Biscayne Blvd.. Miami)
  • Raw Republic Juicery (14871 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami)
  • Tanuki (1080 Alton Rd., Miami Beach)

No major closings this month.

PokeBao's poke
PokeBao's poke
Courtesy of PokeBao

Coming Attractions

  • Agave Taco Bar - Opening in Doral
  • Angelo Elia Pizza Bar - Opening at Aventura ParkSquare
  • Atlas Meat-Free Deli - Opening in Little River
  • The Avenue - British pub fare and American beer to open in Arts & Entertainment District
  • Azucar - Opening near FIU
  • Bake House - Opening in Miami Beach
  • Bar Meli - Relocating to the former Michy's space
  • Baru Latin Bar - Opening in Doral
  • Bazaar Mar - José Andrés opening at SLS Brickell
  • Bikini Barista - Coming to Midtown
  • Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill - Opening in Miami
  • Bousa Brewing Co. - Brewery opening in Little River District
  • The Brick - Farm to table coming to Dadeland area
  • The Broken Shaker - Opening in Los Angeles
  • Cake Thai Kitchen - Opening in Wynwood
  • Casa Florida - Opening at Roam Miami
  • Dirt - Opening second location at Mary Brickell Village
  • Doa - Zuma & Coya's partners opening Doa
  • Employees Only - Famed New York City bar opening in Miami Beach
  • Estefan Kitchen - Gloria and Emilio are at it again
  • Federal Donuts - Michael Solomonov coming to Wynwood
  • Freddo Helado - Opening in Doral
  • Fi'lia - Michael Schwartz opening at SLS Brickell
  • Gravity Brewlab - Opening in Wynwood
  • Graziano's - Opening at Aventura ParkSquare project
  • Groovin' Bean - Coffeehouse and lounge opening in Overtown
  • Hank & Harry's - Buzzy Sklar to open New York-style deli in South Beach
  • Harry's Pizzeria - Chef Michael Schwartz expanding several locations
  • IceBox Cafe - Opening at Aventura ParkSquare project
  • In the Kitchen With Norman van Aken - Opening at Wynwood Arcade
  • Itabe - Kevin Aoki and Roman Jones collaborate on a restaurant.
  • Junior's - Iconic cheesecake and restaurant opening
  • Kiki on the RIver - Opening with gondolas
  • La Muse Cafe - Jamie DeRosa opening a Brickell café
  • Latin Grill - Opening at Dadeland Mall
  • Latin House Grill - Opening near FIU
  • Le Chick Rotisserie - Zuma investors opening in Wynwood.
  • Le Macaron - Opening at Dadeland Mall and other locations
  • Local Boy Poke - Opening in Wynwood
  • Local 'Q - Barbecue concept by The Local
  • McAliser's Deli - Chain deli opening in Miami
  • Mediterranean Kitchen - Opening in Aventura
  • Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken - Coming to Westchester
  • Ms. Cheezious - Planning expansion
  • My Ceviche - Coming to Midtown and MIA 
  • NightLife Brewing Company - Brewery planned for Marlins Park
  • Oris Sushi - Opening at Dadeland Mall
  • Palmeiras Beach Club - Opening in Coconut Grove
  • Panther Coffee - Opening in MiMo, and Little Haiti
  • Paraiso Bay Restaurant & Beach Club - Michael Schwartz opening a restaurant at this Edgewater complex
  • Pasion del Cielo - Opening in Brickell and Doral
  • Persona Pizzeria - California chain coming to Miami
  • Pincho Factory - Opening several locations in Doral, West Kendall
  • PlugIn - Karaoke palace opening at Gulfstream
  • PokeBao - Poke and bao buns coming to Coral Gables.
  • Pubbelly Sushi - Opening at Brickell City Centre
  • Rasta Village - Coming to Little Haiti
  • Red O - Rick Bayless bringing his Mexican/California concpt to Miami
  • Revolution in Bloom - Vegan and vegetarian cuisine
  • Ricky's - An old fashioned diner opening in South Beach
  • Rubio's Coastal Grill - California chain to open in former Lime locations.
  • Salty Donut - Doughnut shop coming to Wynwood
  • Soul Tavern - Meat-free gastropub coming to Sunset Harbour
  • Starbucks & Einsten Bros. BAgels - Udonis Haslem to open both at Jackson Memorial campus
  • Tap 42 - Opening in Midtown Miami
  • The Smile - NYC establishment to open in Miami
  • Tino's - Wood Fired pizz coming to Brickell
  • Spanglish Ales - Another brewery to open in Wynwood
  • Spring Chicken - Several other locations opening
  • Stiltsville Fish Bar - Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth opening seafood restaurant in Sunset Harbour
  • Sullivan St. Bakery - Opening in Little Haiti
  • Tacology Taqueria - Opening in Brickell
  • Toasted Bagels - Coming to Coral Gables
  • Tobacco Road - New and improved Road opening this winter
  • Tropical Barbecue - Kris Wessel returns with Little Haiti barbecue place
  • Tutto Il Giorno - Authentic Italian fare coming soon
  • Unbranded Brewing Company - Hialeah's first brewery
  • Union Beer - Beer to go and bar opening in Little Havana
  • Upland - Stephen Starr and Justin Smilllie bring the NYC restaurant to Miami Beach.
  • Velvet Creme - Iconic doughnuts returning to Miami
  • Which Wich - Opening several locations in Miami
  • Whole Foods Market - Proposed megastore in Sunset Harbour
  • Zak the Baker - Planning an expansion of his café and bakery
Geoffrey Zakarian
Geoffrey Zakarian
Photo by Dylan Rives/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival

Projects in the Works

  • Chef Alex Stupak is shopping for a location in Miami for a taco restaurant. 
  • Joël Robuchon is opening eateries in the Design District. 
  • Arjun Wanjey, a partner at Zuma and Coya, will open a French restaurant in Brickell this year.  
  • Jose Garces is rumored to be opening a Miami restaurant. 
  • Alfredo Patino plans to open a French concept on 79th Street. 
  • EmbarekAlibay will open a café adjacent to his La Parisienne Bakery (1909 NE 154th St., North Miami Beach). 
  • Geoffrey Zakarian is opening a restaurant at the Diplomat in Hallandale Beach.
  • A 38,000-square-foot Italian food market will open at Brickell City Centre.
  • MasterChef Brazil judge Henrique Fogaça is looking for space in Miami. 


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