Miami's Most Notable Restaurant Openings and Closings of 2016

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Happy New Year.

In 2016, Americans elected Donald Trump president and lost some of the best-loved names in sports and entertainment. But last year wasn't all bad. Miami gained some significant new restaurants, firmly sealing our place in the world as a bastion of good dining.

It's also a good sign that fewer restaurants closed in the past year, although the demise of beloved spots such as Cena by Michy and S&S Diner hit especially hard. Looking back, it was a banner year for the local food scene. Here's a list of the most notable restaurant openings of 2016, followed by a list of closings.
Notable Openings 2016

  • Ariete (3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove)
  • El Patio (167 NW 23rd St., Miami)
  • French 27 (850 Commerce St., Miami Beach)
  • Ichimi (2330 Salzedo St., Coral Gables)
  • Puroroast Coffee (632 S. Miami Ave., Miami)
  • Spring Chicken (1514 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables)
  • Threefold Café (6907 Red Rd., South Miami)
  • Trust & Co. (2 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables)
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  • Ichimi (2330 Salzedo St.,Coral Gables)
  • Kaori (1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami)
  • Pincho Factory (950 W. 12th Ave., Hialeah)
  • Plant Food + Wine (105 NE 24th St., Miami)
  • River Yacht Club and VanDutch Lounge (401 SW Third Ave., Miami)
  • The Sarsaparilla Club at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach
  • Spasso (3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove)
  • Zest at Southeast Financial Center (200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami.)
  • The Anderson
  • Antica Mare Ristorante (7999 NE Bayshore Ct., Miami)
  • Bachour Bakery + Bistro
  • Farinelli 1937 (3199 Commodore Plaza, Miami)
  • Glass & Vine (2820 McFarlane Rd., Miami)
  • Grown
  • Stellino's (8550 NW 53rd St., Doral)
  • Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen (1250 S Miami Ave., Miami)
  • Caviar Russe at Four Seasons Miami (1435 Brickell Ave., Miami)
  • Dragonfly (5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral)
  • PB Station at the Langford Hotel (121 SE First St., Miami)
  • Pawn Broker at the Langford Hotel (121 SE First St., Miami)
  • Philly Grub (99 NW 54th St., Miami)
  • SoCal Taco (141 SW Seventh St. Miami)
  • Vice City Bean (657 N. Miami Ave., Miami)
  • All Day
  • Baby Jane
  • CREAM (18719 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura)
  • Honeybee Doughnuts (7388 Red Rd., South Miami)
  • JoJo Tea Tasting Room (951 S. LeJeune Rd., Coral Gables)
  • Lincoln's Beard Brewing Company (7360 SW 41st St., Miami)
  • Quinto La Huella
  • The Spillover (2911 Grand Ave., Miami)
  • Tap 42
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  • Bianchini Mercato (220 NW 27th St., Miami)
  • Chef Leon
  • LT Steak & Seafood at the Betsy Hotel
  • Laduree (4025 NE Second Ave., Miami)
  • Sugafina at Aventura Mall
  • Sushi Maki
  • TacoCraft (5829 SW 73rd St., South Miami)
  • Taste Buds of India (5850 Sunset Dr., South Miami)
  • Biscayne Bay Brewing Company (8000 NW 25th St., Suite 500, Doral)
  • Lilikoi Organic Living (500 South Pointe Dr., Miami Beach)
  • STK Miami at ME by Melia (1100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami)
  • Sugar at East, Miami
  • Vagabond Kitchen & Bar
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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.
Contact: Laine Doss