December proved to be an active final month of the year. There was the re-opening of the splashy, remodeled Rusty Pelican; the re-opening of Pearl Restaurant & Champagne Lounge; the re-opening Philippe by Philippe Chow in a new SoFi location; the second Sakaya Kitchen venue downtown, and the second 100 Montaditos shop in SoBe. Throw in a MexZican joint, another boutique burger joint, a salumeria, an Irish pub, and a couple of local places like Lokal and we're on a roll going into 2012.
Only notable closing is that of Miami's pride and joy -- Naoe -- but this is just a temporary hiatus while Kevin Cory moves his gem to Brickell Key. Now that's something to look forward to in the new year.
Sakaya Kitchen Downtown, 125 SE 3rd Ave., Miami
Rusty Pelican (re-opening), 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne
Philippe by Philippe Chow, 36-40 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach
The MexZican Gourmet, 5904 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami
Lokal, 3190 Commodore Plaza, Miami
100 Montaditos, 1504 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
SmashBurger, 14730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Villa Mayfair 2901 Florida Ave., Miami
The Lucky Clover, 1111 SW 1st Ave., Miami
Mare Nostrum Restaurant, 1111 SW 1st Ave., Miami
The Corner, 1035 N Miami Ave., Miami
Sho Room Karaoke and Sushi, 500 S. Pointe Dr., Miami Beach
Salumeria 104, 3451 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
Pearl Restaurant & Champagne Lounge, 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach