It's safe to say Miami had a rough summer. Between an insane heat index and the threat of Zika looming over Wynwood and South Beach, not many restaurants opened during our historical slow months.
In September, however, Miami began a comeback from its doldrums. Wynwood is alive and well, South Beach is bustling, and many restaurateurs announced plans to open establishments in Miami.
From a beloved wine bar expanding its scope and menu to a meat-free gastropub launching and Miami's first doughnut making a triumphant homecoming — here are the five most anticipated restaurants to announce their opening in September.
5. Bar Meli to Take Over Former Michy's Space
The beloved wine bar by Liza Meli is moving from its small 79th Street location inside a dark strip mall to the space formerly occupied by Michy's (6925 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Renamed BarMeli 69 Restaurant & Wine Bar, the eatery also boasts an expanded menu, which includes more entrées in addition to the classic tapas items.
4. Soul Tavern, a Meat-Free Gastropub, to Open in Sunset Harbour
Like a traditional gastropub, Soul Tavern will be all about indulgent comfort food, excellent liquid refreshments, and a chill, comfortable atmosphere. But at this spiritually inspired spot, there's no meat on the menu. The eatery, set to open at 1801 West Ave. in South Beach's Sunset Harbour neighborhood this fall, will offer plant-based comfort food, craft beers, Chinese herbal elixirs, and cold-pressed juices.