Openings

Beaker & Gray to Open in September, Bringing Craft Cocktails to Wynwood

Finely crafted cocktail are finally coming to Wynwood with the arrival of Beaker & Gray.

The restaurant and bar will open in September at 2637 N. Miami Ave. The 120-seat establishment is the brainchild of Brian Nasajon and Ben Potts, who will oversee their respective passions.

Nasajon, who has worked at New York City's Lure Fishbar and Wish Miami Beach and most recently served as executive chef at SushiSamba, will helm the kitchen, which will turn out a menu of global cuisine that plays with various ethnic influences. Examples include shrimp and chorizo churros with ginger and charcoal aioli; grilled oxtail with ponzu, peach, and serrano pepper; and blackened shrimp and clam risotto with hon shimeji mushrooms and uni butter.

The cocktail program is the domain of Potts, known from Blackbird Ordinary and the Broken Shaker. His bar program is divided into three sections: "Shaken," "Stirred," and "Strange." The cocktails, designed to work alone or paired with Beaker & Gray's food menu, will use simple, fresh ingredients. Shaken drinks will include lighter options such as the Greenhouse, made with gin, herbal liqueur, basil, and celery soda. Stirred options are more complex, with some featuring barrel-aged spirits. The Another 50/50 is a good example. The cocktail features barrel-aged genever, chamomile-infused blanc vermouth, and lemon bitters.

Most intriguing are the "strange" cocktails, designed for drinkers with adventurous palates. Offerings include the Inside Outside, a blend of rum aged with allspice, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a hollowed-out pineapple, garnished with a dehydrated pineapple ring, and dusted with a house-made spice blend.

The 3,600-square-foot former ice factory is decorated with aged stucco brick walls, industrial concrete floors, and exposed-beam ceilings, accented by antique mirrors. The restaurant will feature indoor and outdoor seating, including seating for up to 75 people in the main dining room. A 13-seat marble bar will likely see much of the after-hours action at Beaker & Gray. The space, designed by Saladino Design Studios, also offers balcony seating and a counter where diners can watch the action in the kitchen.

Last, but not least, Beaker & Gray offers its very own parking lot, with space for 20 cars — possibly the best reason to await its opening with bated breath. 

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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