January 2019 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

Julio Cabrera (center, in eyeglasses) and his staff at Cafe la Trova.
Julio Cabrera (center, in eyeglasses) and his staff at Cafe la Trova. World Red Eye

Miami's restaurant scene is starting the year off strong. Several key eateries opened their doors to begin 2019 with flavor.

Michelle Bernstein and Julio Cabrera opened Cafe la Trova, their collaborative love story to Cuba in Little Havana; and Jose Mendin and TV personality Julian Gil celebrate Puerto Rico with La Placita. Jamie DeRosa and Hedy Goldsmith return to South Florida's dining scene with the opening of Ad Lib, and Yellow Green Farmers Market's favorite sweets shop, Pink Pie, opened a location in Wynwood.

Sadly, the year began with the closure of the venerable Fado Irish Pub.

Eateries to look out for include the Citadel, Laid Fresh by the people behind Kyu, and Brad Kilgore's Ember.
click to enlarge La Placita - PHOTO BY NATASCHA OTERO SANTIAGO
La Placita
Photo by Natascha Otero Santiago
Courtesy of Fado Irish Pub
  • Fado Irish Pub
click to enlarge Michael Lewis' egg sandwich at the forthcoming Laid Fresh. - PHOTO BY RASHIDA SOL
Michael Lewis' egg sandwich at the forthcoming Laid Fresh.
Photo by Rashida Sol
Coming Attractions
  • Afishionado - Jeremy Ford to open seafood eatery
  • Angelo Elia Pizza Bar - opening at Aventura ParkSquare
  • Biscayne Bay Brewing - opening a second location in downtown Miami
  • Bonci - Roman-style pizza to open at Cube Wynwood
  • The Citadel - Little River food hall
  • Descarga Brewing Company - opening in North Miami
  • Dos Croquetas - popular croqueta delivery company is opening a brick-and-mortar
  • Dunkanoo Kitchen - opening in Wynwood
  • Ember - Brad Kilgore concept to open in Paradise Plaza in the Design District
  • Erba - Niven Patel opening an Italian concept
  • Gramps by the Sea - opening soon
  • Icebox Cafe - opening at Aventura ParkSquare, the Falls, and Hallandale
  • International Smoke - Michael Mina and Syesha Curry team up at Aventura Mall
  • Laid Fresh - The Kyu people are opening an all-day breakfast spot
  • Lost City Brewing Company - coming to North Miami
  • Marabu at Brickell City Centre - opening in early 2019
  • Monger - the Voltaggios opening a restaurant in downtown Miami
  • Osaka - Nikkei restaurant coming to Miami
  • Punch Bowl Social - opening in Wynwood
  • Salty Donut - opening a location in South Miami
  • Seawell Fish & Oyster - opening at Kimpton Angler's Hotel
  • Shuckers - popular spot is opening a second location, in South Beach
  • Sistrunk Market & Brewery - opening in Fort Lauderdale
  • Spanglish - opening in Wynwood
  • Starbucks - opening in Midtown Miami
  • Time Out Market - food hall opening on Lincoln Road in South Beach
  • Trader Joe's - coming to South Beach
  • Unbranded Brewing Company - Hialeah's first brewery
  • Unseen Creatures - brewery opening soon
  • Whole Foods Market - proposed megastore in Sunset Harbour and new Fort Lauderdale locations.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss