The Palace opens at a new home.
The Palace opens at a new home.
Photo by Dale Stine

December 2017 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

The last month of 2017 saw the opening of some good establishments and the closing of a favorite.

Panther Coffee doubled down by opening two new locations, and chef Eileen Andrade opened Amelia's 1931, a retro Cuban diner.

The Palace Bar reopened on Ocean Drive, and chef/partners Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth opened a satellite of their New York City restaurant, Root & Bone.

Finally, Mignonette Uptown closed, though the original location continues to thrive.

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Root & Bone


  • Amelia’s 1931. 13601 SW 26th St., Miami; 305-554-4949; amelias1931.com.
  • Casa Florida. 437 SW Second St., Miami; 786-703-6983; casafloridamiami.com.
  • Gelatte. 322 NW 24 St., Miami; 786-450-4778; gelattecoffee.com.
  • Genuine Pizza at Aventura Mall. 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 786-472-9170; genuinepizza.com.
  • Key West by Nikki Beach. 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; keywestbynikkibeach.com.
  • Mktplace at Goombay Plaza. 3685 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; 305-608-9020; mktplacemiami.com.
  • Palace Bar. 1052 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-7234; palacesouthbeach.com.
  • Panther Coffee MiMo. 6407 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; panthercoffee.com.
  • Panther Coffee at the Betsy. 1433 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-6100; panthercoffee.com.
  • Pho Mi. Delivery only Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through UberEats.
  • Racket. 150 NW 24th St., Miami; racketwynwood.com.
  • Root & Bone. Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
  • Sciori Bakery & Cafe. 541 Jefferson Ave., Miami Beach.

Mignonette Uptown
Mignonette Uptown
Photo by Laine Doss


  • MIgnonette Uptown
El Vez
Courtesy of El Vez

Coming attractions

  • Abi Maria - Cocktail lounge opening at Downtown Dadeland
  • Amara - Michael Schwartz to open at Paraiso
  • American Harvest - Expanding to South Miami
  • Angelo Elia Pizza Bar - Opening at Aventura ParkSquare
  • Atlas Meat-Free Deli - Opening in Little River
  • Azabu - NYC Michelin-starred sushi to open in SoFi
  • Azucar - Opening near FIU
  • Bikini Barista - Coming to midtown Miami
  • Boulud Sud - Opening in db Bistro's place
  • The Broken Shaker - Opening in New York
  • Cake Thai - Opening at the Citadel in Little River
  • Chuy's - Mexican chain opening in Doral
  • The Citadel - Little River Food Hall
  • Descarga Brewing Company - Opening in North Miami
  • Donutty - Opening in Kendall
  • Dr Smood - Expanding to Sunset Harbour and Brickell
  • Dunkanoo Kitchen - Opening in Wynwood
  • El Camino - Opening in Fort Lauderdale and Miami
  • El Vez - Stephen Starr's Mexican concept coming to W Fort Lauderdale
  • Elia Gourmet Market - Opening in Wynwood
  • Ember - Brad Kilgore to open at Paradise Plaza in the Design District
  • Etaru - Opening second location
  • Exquisito - Opening cafe and chocolate factory in Little Havana
  • Firehouse Mrkt - Food hall opening soon
  • Freddo Helado - Opening in Doral
  • Gramps by the Sea - Opening soon
  • Gravity Brewlab - Opening in Wynwood
  • Graziano's - Opening at Aventura Park Square
  • Groovin' Bean - Coffeehouse and lounge opening in Overtown
  • Genuine Pizzeria - Michael Schwartz expanding with several locations
  • iLov305 - Pitbull is opening a restaurant on Ocean Drive
  • IceBox Cafe - Opening at Aventura ParkSquare, the Falls, and Hallandale
  • Itabe - Kevin Aoki and Roman Jones collaboration
  • Kaido — Brad Kilgore opening at Paradise Plaza in the Design District
  • La Centrale - Food court opening in Brickell
  • Latin Grill - Opening at Dadeland Mall
  • Latin House Grill - Opening near FIU
  • Le Chick Rotisserie - opening in Wynwood
  • Le Macaron - Opening at Dadeland Mall and other locations
  • Leslie - Opening in Little Havana
  • Lime - Returning to South Beach
  • Local 'Q - Barbecue concept by the owners of Local
  • Lost City Brewing Company - Coming to North Miami
  • MadLove - Soraya Kilgore to open ice cream shop
  • Malibu Farm - Opening at the Eden Roc
  • Mediterranean Kitchen - Opening in Aventura
  • Monger - The Voltaggios are opening a restaurant in downtown Miami
  • Ms. Cheezious - Planning expansion
  • Myumi at the Citadel in Little River
  • Norman's - Reopening after hurricane damage in early January.
  • Novikov
  • Obra Kitchen Table - Opening in Miami
  • OLA - Opening in Bakehouse Brasserie space
  • Oris Sushi - Opening at Dadeland Mall
  • Pasion del Cielo - Opening in Brickell and Doral
  • Persona Pizzeria - California chain coming to Miami
  • Pincho Factory - Opening several locations
  • Pink Rock Sea Pacific Eatery - Opening on Espanola Way
  • Poke 305 - Expanding to Miami Beach and Coconut Grove
  • Rasta Village - Coming to Little Haiti
  • Raw Juce - Opening in Brickell
  • Real Madrid Cafe - Opening in Downtown Miami
  • Red O - Rick Bayless bringing his Mexican/California concept to Miami
  • Revolution in Bloom - Vegan and vegetarian cuisine
  • South Beach Brewing Company - First SoBe brewery coming with beer cocktails
  • Spanish Marie Brewery - Just broke ground
  • Tap 42 - Opening at Aventura Mall
  • The Taco Stand - Southern California favorite opening in Miami
  • Time Out Market - Food Hall opening in South Beach
  • Toasted Bagels - Coming to Coral Gables
  • Tobacco Road - New and improved Road opening soon
  • Trader Joe's - Coming to South Beach
  • Treats Food Hall at Aventura Mall
  • Tropical Barbecue - Kris Wessel returns with Little Haiti barbecue place
  • Tutto Il Giorno - Authentic Italian fare coming soon
  • Unbranded Brewing Company - Hialeah's first brewery
  • Wawa - Opening several locations in Miami-Dade
  • Which Wich - Opening several locations in Miami
  • Whole Foods Market - Proposed megastore in Sunset Harbour
Thomas Keller
Thomas Keller
Photo by Arnold Gatilao / Wikimedia Commons

In the Works

  • Chef Alex Stupak is shopping for a Miami location for a taco restaurant
  • Joël Robuchon is opening eateries in the Design District
  • Arjun Waney, a partner in Zuma and Coya, plans to open a French restaurant in Brickell
  • Jose Garces is rumored to be opening a Miami restaurant
  • Alfredo Patino plans to open a French concept on NE 79th Street
  • Embarek Alibay will open a café adjacent to his La Parisienne Bakery (1909 NE 154th St., North Miami Beach)
  • MasterChef judge Henrique Fogaça is looking for space in Miami
  • Thomas Keller is opening a restaurant at the Four Seasons in Miami Beach

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