July was a surprisingly strong month for openings, with well over a dozen new spots for Miamians to try smack dab in the middle of what used to be "off season." Notable restaurants include Finka Table & Tap, a gastropub by the owners of CubanCube food truck; Centolire, the New York Italian trattoria; Bistro BE, a Belgian restaurant that shows Miami there's more than just mussels and beer (like there's anything wrong with that), and N by NAOE, Kevin Cory's intimate lunch/dinner space.
Fireman Derek also opened his first brick and mortar pie shop (good for the soul, bad for the diet), and Shuckers Waterfront Grill reopened after a tragic accident closed the popular restaurant/bar last year.
The restaurants that closed this month hit especially hard. Choices Cafe in Brickell went out with a party, Jerry's Deli closed after over 12 years of catering to our 3 a.m. pastrami cravings, and Jumbo's closed after decades of making history in Liberty City.
But, even as we say goodbye to old favorites, we look forward to the new. We're especially looking froward to Ms. Cheezious finally opening up their restaurant on 74th Street and Biscayne Blvd. in the fall, along with Siena Tavern, Fabio Viviani's Chicago restaurant, which is set to open in a few months. And Little Havana will get new life when Ball & Chain brings classic cocktails to Calle Ocho.