Mark's Closes Shop in South Beach, West Palm

Mark’s, which New Times cited as one of Miami’s few “solid, serious venues” for dining, is shutting its doors on South Beach and in West Palm Beach.

“I’m sorry to inform you that we have closed this location,” says a recording at the former South Beach restauarant, located at the Nash Hotel. The recording notes that its Las Olas branch remains open. There was no answer at Mark’s corporate office in Palm Beach County late Thursday.

A manager at Mark’s at the Park, in Boca Raton, confirmed that restaurant is still open, but said that the venue in CityPlace, near downtown West Palm, has closed as well.

Founding chef Mark Militello has won a slew of awards, including a James Beard Award for Best Regional Chef, a place in Food & Wine magazine’s "Ten Best Chefs in America," and a Distinguished Restaurant Award from Conde Nast Traveler. The restaurant also spawned such notable chefs as Timo head chef Tim Andriola and Top Chef contestant (and former Food Gang head chef) Howard Kleinberg

The announcement sparked a wavelet of remorse on the local Chowhound blog.

“Aw, this is a shame and I feel somewhat guilty,” one comment read. “I liked the food but would typically only go once a year. Something about the location made the place less interesting and memorable.” --Frank Houston

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