As Miami's restaurant scene flourishes, diners have watched many locally grown concepts mature into sought-after dining destinations. Thanks to heightened demand, five of the Magic City's most prominent eateries have announced openings beyond Miami.
From Fort Myers and West Palm Beach to Brooklyn, D.C., and the Dominican Republic, here are five homegrown restaurants representing Miami outside the 305.
1. Izzy's Fish & Oyster
Izzy's Fish & Oyster, known for its homey, traditional Northeastern food in Miami Beach's SoFi neighborhood, will expand to Fort Myers. Through a partnership with the National Restaurant Group, Izzy’s is set to open at the end of April on First Street in downtown Fort Myers. Created by chef/owner Jamie DeRosa, the menu will offer many of the staples at the Miami Beach flagship, including the Maine lobster roll, fish 'n' chips, and steamed or grilled lobster, along with a few new additions.
2. Coyo Taco
Wynwood's popular taco joint, Coyo, which opened an outpost in Brickell, will debut a location in the Dominican Republic sometime this year. According to chef/owner Scott Linquist, he and partner Sven Vogtland have close friends in Santo Domingo and received multiple requests to open a restaurant in the area. The setup will be similar to that at the Miami original, but the menu will be adapted to include locally sourced fish and meat.
3. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Since 2010, midtown's Sugarcane has dominated Miami's dining scene. To many, it's a go-to restaurant guaranteed to provide quality fare and a pleasant atmosphere. Helmed by chef/partner Timon Balloo, Sugarcane marked its second location, on Restaurant Row at the Venetian Las Vegas, in November 2016. Now an outpost will open in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Set between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, the waterfront eatery is slated to debut this summer and serve the globally inspired small-plates menu that rose to popularity at the Miami flagship.
4. The Butcher Shop
The Butcher Shop, which came onto the scene about four years ago on NW 23rd Street in Wynwood, is set to open in West Palm Beach at the end of March. The market/eatery/pub will be similar to its Miami sibling, offering an assortment of quality meats, warm German pretzels, and apple strudel with caramel glaze and ice cream, but it will also tailor the menu to its new neighborhood.
After a mere three months in Miami Beach, Arjun Waney's Lat-Asian concept Dôa officially announced plans to expand to D.C. and Boston within the next year. Dôa (pronounced dow-ah), located at 2000 Collins Ave., opened in December, bridging the gap between Peruvian fare and traditional Japanese, Chinese, and pan-Asian plates. Waney told New Times in September 2016: "We are highly ambitious and want to open many of these restaurants domestically and internationally. We plan to open Dôa next in Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Chicago; and Boston."
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