The Marlin Hotel in South Beach has just been sold to Miami based MRK Investments who plan to renovate and expand the 14-room boutique, according to an article in the Miami Herald. Plans include adding 14 more rooms and opening a restaurant with the team behind Macchialina Taverna Rustica on Alton Road.
Macchialina owners, Michael Pirolo (chef) and Jen Chaefsky (General Manager) recently announced they'll be unveiling a second outpost in Asheville, North Carolina this spring, so clearly expansion is on the horizon for this duo. Representatives for Macchialina confirmed the partnership with the Marlin but declined to provide additional details at this time. Calls to the Marlin were not returned.
It's unclear when this restaurant will open, however, it's known the hotel will stay open while the renovations are carried out in phases. The new owners of the boutique want to re-brand the property as a luxury destination. Consequently, they've already closed its in-house music studio which has seen the likes of Jay Z, U2, Bob Marley, Aerosmith and Pharell Williams. The space, which has been around since the 1980s will be turned into additional guest rooms.
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Located at 1200 Collins Ave. the Marlin was built in 1939 and designed by L. Murray Dixon, the architect behind the iconic Raleigh Hotel. MRK Investments paid $9.5 million for the property which as it so happens underwent extensive renovations back in 2011.
We're super excited to see what former Scarpetta chef Pirolo will have in-store for us at his new concept. If Macchialina is any indicator, we're expecting beautifully prepared Italian dishes with a unique spin.