January 2015 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

The first month of 2015 brought a host of openings to the Miami dining scene.

The most hotly anticipated openings included the Vagabond Restaurant -- where executive chef Alex Chang cooks an international menu that ranges from roasted nuts and chapulines to well-seasoned Iberico skirt steak -- and the locavore-friendly Whole Foods Market in downtown Miami, where shoppers can purchase anything from Jugofresh cold-pressed juices and Zak the Baker bread to healthful versions of Versailles Restaurant classics.

Miami's craft beer scene also got a shot in the arm with the opening of MIA Brewing Company and J. Wakefield Brewing Company.

There were a few closings in January, a sign that establishments aren't all faring well this season. Coconut Grove's Gardner's Market closed, as did La Gazzetta in Brickell. Wynwood's Shikany abruptly shuttered too, although a recording states the restaurant will reopen in February.

See also: Zak the Baker's Bread For Sale at Whole Foods Downtown


Continue reading on the next page for closings and coming attractions.


  • Casa Larios
  • Gardner's Market
  • La Gazzetta
  • Shikany has closed, but the restaurant's voicemail message states it will reopen in February.


  • Barley & Wich has changed its name to Barley American Brasserie. With the name change comes a revised menu.
  • Filling Station & Garage Bar has closed in Miami and is moving to 3200 NE 12th Ave. in Oakland Park.

Coming Attractions

  • AC Hotel - Coming to Miami Beach.
  • Bachour Bakery and Bistro
  • Bake House - Opening in Miami Beach.
  • Beachcraft - Tom Colicchio's new restaurant coming soon, along with Sandbox.
  • Bikini Barista - coming to midtown.
  • Biscayne Diner - Reopening.
  • Bonefish Grill - Opening in Aventura.
  • Boxelder - Craft beer shop coming to Wynwood.
  • Byblos - Opening at the James Royal Palm.
  • China Grill - Moving to Brickell.
  • Continental - Stephen Starr's retro Philadelphia restaurant coming to Miami.
  • Crust - Pizza on Brickell by Klime Kovaceski.
  • The Daily Creative Food Co. - opening in Miami Beach.
  • David's Cafe - Reopening on Alton Road
  • Estefan Kitchen - Gloria and Emilio are at it again.
  • Fooq's - Opening in Nemesis space.
  • GastroPod - Opening in Aventura Mall.
  • Gravity Brewlab - Opening in Wynwood.
  • Harry's Pizzeria - Chef Michael Schwartz to open location in Coconut Grove.
  • Izzy's Fish & Oyster - Chef Jamie DeRosa plans a New England fish shack.
  • Jimmy'z Kitchen - Opening in Brickell.
  • Klima Restaurant & Bar - Opening soon.
  • La Moderna - Opening in SoBe.
  • Laffa Mediterranean Kitchen - From the My Ceviche team.
  • The Lunchbox - Opening in Wynwood.
  • Mellow Mushroom - Stoner themed pizza chain opening in Miami.
  • Milk Burger - New York burger joint teasing us with hints of a Miami location.
  • Ms. Cheezious - The food truck is opening a shop.
  • My Ceviche - Coming to Midtown, MIA, and Coral Gables.
  • NaiYaRa - Chef Bee to open Thai Asian street food bistro in SoBe.
  • Naked Lunch - Chef Ralph Pagano opens a lunch spot.
  • Nobu - Famed chef opens restaurant on Miami Beach.
  • Paraiso Bay will host a Michael Schwartz restaurant.
  • PB Station - The Pubbelly Boys open in Miami.
  • Persona Pizzeria - California chain coming to Miami.
  • Pi Pizzeria - opening Pi'ami.
  • Piripi - El Bulli veteran opening Coral Gables eatery.
  • Pincho Factory - Opening another location in Hialeah.
  • Quality Meats - New York butcher/restaurant coming to Miami Beach.
  • Red Ginger - Asian flair coming to South Beach.
  • Revolution in Bloom - Vegan and vegetarian cuisine.
  • Señor Frog's - the party comes to Miami.
  • STK - Reopening in South Beach
  • Schnebly - opening a restaurant, pop-up dinner series, and market.
  • Sugar Yummy Mama - Opening a window in Wynwood.
  • Sweet Liberty Drink & Supply Company - Mixologist John Lermayer and partners to open a cocktail lounge.
  • Tap 42 -Fort Lauderdale gastropub opening in Coral Gables.
  • Tutto Il Giorno - Authentic Italian fare coming soon.
  • Wood Tavern - Opening a pizzeria next door, and an upstairs lounge.
  • Which Wich - Opening several locations in Miami.
  • Whole Foods Market - proposed mega store in Sunset Harbour
  • Wynwood Diner - Classic diner and cocktails opening in Wynwood.
  • Zest - Cindy Hutson opening a restaurant and fast-casual concept.

Projects in the Works

  • Steve Martorano is closer to opening a Miami Beach location.
  • 50 Eggs may open a taco concept.
  • Jugofresh's Matthew Sherman and Darren Laszlo plan to open new concept in Sunset Harbour.

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