Umami Burger: Another Business Closes Due to Alton Road Construction
Construction has forced Umami Burger to close.
Photo by Zachary Fagenson
The South Beach outpost of L.A.'s Umami Burger closed over the weekend. A restaurant spokeswoman cited that dusty Alton Road construction made it impossible to continue operating.
"We are thankful for our Umami fans in Miami, and we look forward to announcing a new location soon," Umami's Veronica Rathbourn wrote in an email.
The closure marks the second high-end burger joint -- the first being 8oz Burger -- to shut down at the once-prime Alton Road location.
Months of road construction -- which has squeezed what was once one of the Beach's main thoroughfares into a bumpy, one-way street -- has caused concern among business owners and is slated to continue for at least another year and a half.
The City of Miami Beach has launched a free Alton Road shuttle and erected blue signs alerting drivers to the businesses standing beyond the chopped-up concrete barrier. Yet Bernie's L.A. Café on 15th Street and Alton shuttered last summer, while a handful of others try to slog through the dust and ripped-up sidewalks.
On Tuesday, the sidewalk outside what was Umami Burger was nothing more than a patch of sand and gravel. Twelfth Street, where motorists often turn to begin the always-desperate search for parking, was closed to traffic.
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