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Kouzina: Tapas Bar Turned Greek Bistro

A new sign has gone up in the tucked-away corner between the Shops at Midtown and Biscayne where Tapas & Tintos once set up its second outpost. It's odd that the place -- conveniently located just south of NE 36th Street -- couldn't keep it together and shut down just months before reaching its two-year mark. Oh, those terrible twos.

We hope Greek bistro Kouzina will have better luck. Of course, it'll be competing with Egg & Dart just a few blocks away in the Design District.

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All the entrances have been closed off and the construction area blocked by potted plants. Short Order jumped over because the big red Spanish bull is no longer keeping watch.

It seems construction workers with a thirst for Starbucks are working on the property, inside and out. White benches have been set up outside for a Greek island feel, and what looks like a bar is being worked on in the back end of the space. The feel is Greek, with white brick tiles and little blue teapots. The place seems to be secure also. It's locked and has an ADT sticker on the floor. This was the only source of information we could find, so naturally we called the rep.

The ADT representative seemed enthusiastic about the food, telling us it's "really, really good." He couldn't, however, tell us when Kouzina will open. But he did give us the owner's name and number. Talk about security. What if we were serial killers? The call to owner Maikas went unanswered. Might be because he's busy with his downtown joint, Freshko Gourmet Espresso Bar, which the ADT rep told us he also owns. 

Short Order is working on getting more info.

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive and today is involved with a tech startup. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.