Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings, March 2012

​February was a slow month in terms of local restaurant openings. How slow? By comparison, Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign appears to be in high gear. Specifically, how slow? Just three restaurants debuted.

The big news this month was in the closings -- only six, but a long-timer and a couple of popular places are among them.

Yet the list of restaurants to come keeps growing. Are they all waiting for the season to end? There should be lots of new places for locals to choose from this summer.

Austin's Q Brew & Saloon, where Hogzilla's used to be
My Ceviche, a take-out/delivery place from Sam Gorenstein

Umi Sushi & Sake Bar, in the Delano (where Blue Sea used to be)
Villa Azur, 309 23rd St., Miami Beach
World of Beer, Dadeland Shopping Center

Charlotte Bistro
Hogzilla's Inspired Barbecue
House of India
Por Fin
Rickenbacker Fish Company
Vinyl & Kai

On Deck
Josh's Deli, the conversion of Chow Down Grill in Surfside
Huahua's, Todd Erickson's tacqueria on Lincoln Road
Strip, a steak house at the Four Ambassadors
Mesa, same chef/owner and space as Charlotte Bistro
Queen Lounge, a "gastro-lounge" due to open April 5
Giraffas, midtown
Frita Shop, Alberto Cabrera's "Cuban burger joint"
Yard House, in South Beach
MC Kitchen, a Dena Marino restaurant in the Design District coming in March
Catch, by Top Chef's Hung Huynh, due to open in SoBe in November 2012
Macchialina Taverna Rustica, from the Pubbelly folks
Tikl, 1450 Brickell Ave., Miami, from the Altamare team
Dominique's Bistro, on Brickell Avenue
Gloutonnerie, in the former Au Pied de Cochon space
Milos Esitatorio, across the street from Au Pied de Cochon space, is getting closer
Naoe, the new one on Brickell Key
That Michael Schwartz/Sam Gorenstein restaurant at the Raleigh... still waiting
Katsuya in the SLS... still waiting
José Andrés Bazaar in the SLS... still waiting

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