Openings

Bond Trisransi's "Bonding" To Brickell

Bond Trisransi, the man behind Calle Ocho's Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro is at it again, opening his first Brickell restaurant.

Last month he signed a lease on a space on South Miami Avenue with plans to turn it into Bonding. A pink sign bears the restaurant's name and that same color spills over into elements of the décor.

The space is sandwiched in between Miami's most historic watering hole Tobacco Road and River Seafood & Oyster Bar. Despite the fact that the building's days could be numbered -- it sits amidst the rising Brickell CityCentre project and was bought by a Colombian investor earlier this year -- Trisransi said he landed a favorable lease for three years with the option to extend for one more. He said he didn't know what the new owner has in store for the property beyond then.

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The kitchen will be run by Chef Bas, who's coming from 2B, and will be turning out the whimsical Asian fusion cuisine on which Trisransi built his reputation.

"This is for a younger crowd and will be cheap and hip," he said. "I'm going to try to make it fit with Brickell's personality."

When we stopped by Trisransi was on site making final preparations for opening and said the restaurant will begin serving this month. Expect to see plenty of him and his sky-high Mohawk. He sold Mr. Yum three years ago to his ex-partner and is no longer involved in the business. He's still involved in 2B Asian Bistro, but said he leaves the day-to-day operation to his brother James.

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Zachary Fagenson became the New Times Broward-Palm Beach restaurant critic in 2012 before taking up the post for Miami in 2014. He also works as a correspondent for Reuters.
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