Chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio have announced details about their first Miami collaborative restaurant.
Monger will be located in Central Fare, the food hall that is part of downtown's MiamiCentral. The complex will feature retail, office, residential space and will serve be the Miami hub for the Brightline train that connects the Magic City to Orlando.
The brothers and Top Chef alumni will offer a unique dining experience where guests can curate their own meals by "shopping" for proteins and produce to be used in their dishes.
Michael Voltaggio says the concept ties in with the eatery's location as a transportation site. “Brightline is connecting people to and from their destination. We’re doing the same thing with the menu,” he explains. “We’re providing the ingredients. We’re cooking them for you. You decide what that destination is.”
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The 100,000-square-foot restaurant, designed by hospitality design and concept firm AvroKO, is divided into three spaces. Guests enter a bar and casual dining area inspired by midcentury supermarkets, where bartenders will offer cocktails at a chrome bar inspired by grocery checkout lanes. Shelves of seasonal produce and refrigerated cases showcasing meat, seafood, and pastries will serve as both decoration and enticement of things to come.
Diners will then be guided through kitchen doors by a host to the main dining room, which is divided into smaller, intimate spaces. Monger will also feature a chefs' table within the kitchen. “We are envisioning that each visit will be unique, as we are designing a restaurant where guests can shape their experience, putting together the dishes of their meal and choosing what space to dine in to suit their mood and occasion,” Bryan Voltaggio says.
Monger is part of the 50,000-square-foot food hall Central Fare, which is scheduled to open in 2017. Other eateries slated to open at the bilevel food hall are Azucar Ice Cream Company, Blackbrick Chinese, Doggi’s, Miami Smokers, Romanicos Chocolate, Rosetta the Italian Bakery, and Toasted Bagelry & Deli.