Mai Tardi in Design District Celebrates With Closing Party

When a Miami restaurant closes, it usually slinks away in the middle of the night, leaving only note on it's door as a reminder of all the good times you had together.

Not Mai Tardi, the lively design district eatery known for beautiful al fresco dining. The restaurant will be officially closing its doors on February 11, after a lease buyout from Dacra. The reason for the closing? Extensive construction work which would interfere with Mai Tardi's business, which is mostly outdoors.

To celebrate it's closing, Mai Tardi is hosting a blowout party on

February 8 from 7 p.m. until closing. Graspa Group, owners of Mai

Tardi are inviting their other restaurants to join in on the fun, so

you'll have an opportunity to sample signature amuse-bouches by Salumeria 104, Soyka, Tiramesu, Spris, and Van Dyke Cafe from 7 to 8 p.m. Segafredo L'Originale

on Lincoln Road will provide a Prosecco bar from 7 to 9 p.m., and there

will be live performances, slide shows, and other surprises to be


It's still up in the air whether Mai Tardi plans to

reopen when construction is completed, but Dacra's CEO Craig Robbins is

bullish on the restaurant's return to the design district, "We are

hopeful that one of my favorite cafes in the neighborhood, Mai Tardi,

will return after our planned expansion."

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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.
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