May 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

From high-end European luxury to favorite small places to a wild beach bar owned by a reality TV star, May's openings had something for everyone.

Cipriani Downtown Miami opened, bringing old-Hollywood elegance to Brickell. On the other end of the spectrum, Ocean Drive is buzzing about Miami Monkey, a wild bar owned by Angela "Big Ang" Raiola. Miami Beach's Sunset Harbour neighborhood saw the opening of two beloved Miami spots -- Icebox Cafe, which relocated from Lincoln Road; and Panther Coffee, which opened its first Miami Beach location.

If you'd rather stay home than go out, life got easier with the additions of Whole Foods Market in North Miami and the Total Wine & More superstore in Kendall.

As far as closings go, Miami Beach is losing Bond St. Lounge. Closing June 2, the intimate, sexy lounge had a loyal following. In an interview with Miami Pop, Amir Ben Zion said the closing was because, "Jonathan (Morr), Jennie (Yip) and I, along with our New York investors, sold the Townhouse Hotel back in December 2012. Then the opportunity came up to keep Bond St. open for the season, which we mostly did for the sake of our regulars and our team."

What are we looking forward to in June? Huahua's in South Beach will offer inexpensive and delicious tacos in a human and pet-friendly setting and Toasted Bagel Company promises to finally bring good bagels to Brickell.



Bond St. Lounge (closing June 2)

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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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