The big news in July regrettably revolved around closings: Sra. Martinez said adios in the Design District, David's Cafe II shut down its Lincoln Road branch, and Jamie DeRosa and Geoffrey Zakarian are now both gone from Tudor House, which sort of ends that restaurant's run. Plus the pop-up Eating House popped away on schedule. That's four notable losses, although there's still Michy's, David's Cafe I and an imminent and more permanent return of Rapicavoli on tap.
As far as openings, former Nobu chef Ricky Sauri runs the new kitchen at Bloom, an Asian-Latin-American street food outpost in Wynwood. And the Tampa import Whisky Joe's opened where Rickenbacker Fish Company used to be (more BBQ and booze -- what a snooze). All other debuts were from pre-existing eateries opening new branches -- Shake Shack, 8 oz. Burger Bar, Taverna Opa, etc.
But heck, it's mid-summer; things move slow. Look for a big roll-out come fall, as evidenced by our ever-growing list of restaurants "on deck."
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David's Cafe II
Florida Cookery - Kris Wessel's regional take at the James Royal Palm Hotel due in October.
Cooper Avenue - Amir Ben-Zion unveils his latest restaurant late September at 161 Pennsylvania Ave. in South Beach's New World Symphony complex.
Cibo Wine Bar - Number two, in SoFi's Continuum condominum, coming this fall.
The Cheese Course in downtown Miami
Tikl Raw Bar & Grill - Altamare's Brickell venue is finally due to open ... shortly.
Pride and Joy BBQ - In Wynwood this September.
HuaHua's - Todd Erickson's Lincoln Road tacqueria.
Frita Shop - Alberto Cabrera's Cuban burger joint.
Yard House - Chain grub with many many beers.
Swine Southern Table & Bar - From the Yardbird/50 Eggs team.
MC Kitchen - Dena Marino in the former Fratelli Lyon Space, coming this month.
Cipriani - Home of Harry's Bar in Venice and due at the Icon Brickell this fall.
La Cantina 20 - Another Icon tenant getting set to move in.
Catch - Top Chef's Hung Huynh, due in SoBe this November.
ROK -BRGR - Ft.Lauderdale burger joint (yawn) slated for South Miami opening next month.
Restaurant du Cap - Philippe Ruiz' much anticipated venue coming to Brickell in November.
The Restaurant at The Raleigh - Michael Schwartz' venture arriving this fall.