The Design District restaurant Egg & Dart has closed.
Outside the restaurant recently, there was no activity during what would be an early dinner service. A blue handwritten sign proclaimed the restaurant "closed," and a rose bush, still chained to the building with a bicycle lock, was wilted and unwatered.
A local chef in the neighborhood confirmed the restaurant had, indeed, closed several weeks ago, very much under the radar. That's a shock in itself considering the city's increasing interest in the dining scene.
NamedBest Greek Restaurant in 2012 by Miami New Times, the restaurant was a sleek addition to the Design District when it opened in 2011 in the former Q barbecue space.
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In a restaurant review, critic Lee Klein called it "a clean, contemporary space with a subtly upscale feel -- a way to dine on Greek food without having to worry about plates being smashed or ouzo-crazed tourists dancing on tables."
The restaurant, named for traditional Greek architectural design, specialized in "rustic Greek" fare such as shrimp saganaki, fried smelts, and lamb in a what partners Costa Grillas and Niko Theodorou called a "hip and modern" setting, leading Short Order's Lesley Elliott to call Egg & Dart "a confusing mashup of Old World flavors beneath a shiny mask of contemporary cool."