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Brooklyn Bagels, Mid-Beach Morton's, and The Big Cheese in Homestead

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Lox, Stock, and Bagel
Yo: Brooklyn Bagels is slated to open this December in the "$2.3 billion urban lifestyle neighborhood of Midtown Miami." Actually, the press release announcing this was written awhile ago -- by now it's probably just a $1.7 billion urban lifestyle neighborhood. Owner Ashraf Sahaltout promises "a quality that is rare to find outside of New York, especially because we are bringing the natural waters of the City to enrich the flavor"; and "a true bagel deli from the heart of New York's Brooklyn Borough".  

It just so happens that I am also from the heart of New York's Brooklyn Borough, and a former bagelmeister to boot. Will Sahaltout succeed in making "traditional and non-generic bagels" at the Midtown 2 locale? Will going from Brooklyn Bagels to the Brooklyn-style pizzeria Primo Pizza (likewise set to open in Midtown 2) cure nostalgic longings for my home town? Which one will be first to serve a real egg cream? Tune in a coupla months from now for the answers.  
Brooklyn Bagels will be located at 3451 NE First Avenue, Miami.

Char Wars
Morton's The Steakhouse is having a pre-opening party next week at their newest locale at 4041 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. That location is pretty close to Fontainebleau's Gotham Steak at 4441 Collins Avenue, as well as to The Forge, which looks to be getting set for an October revival.

Big Cheese Two
The Big Cheese Restaurant, a 25-year institution in South Miami, opened their second restaurant in Homestead last week. It is called The Big Cheese of Homestead. Original partners Bill Archer and Garry Duell, Jr. have partnered with two 20-tear employees, Tim O'Brien and Richard Sorlanzano, "who began in delivery and as a dishwasher, respectively," Archer said.

The Big Cheese of Homestead seats 185 and offers the same homestyle, reasonably priced Italian cuisine that defines the original Big Cheese -- along with those famous and fabulous garlic rolls.

Big Cheese of Homestead is at 350 North Homestead Blvd, on U.S. 1 off of the Campbell Drive Exit. It is open Monday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 10:00 p.m. Phone: 305-247-0657.

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