It seems that Michelle Bernstein has another project on her hands.
The Miami chef who recently announced the temporary closing of her Upper Eastside Michy's for a concept change and facelift, is also working on her first Miami Beach restaurant. Prior to this announcement, Bernstein had a small South Beach outpost of her Crumb on Parchment at the Webster Hotel for a time.
The building itself is steeped in history. Built in 1940 and originally known as the Lord Tarleton Hotel, the hotel was renovated in the '50s with a tower addition by Melvin Grossman. It returns to resort status, boasting 380 rooms featuring "beach-inspired accommodations and mid-century, international resort style" by designer Martin Brudnizk. The Thompson will also boast two pools and a spa.
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Bernstein's restaurant will be a 267-seat brasserie. In addition, the hotel will feature three bars. According to the Miami Herald, "Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo of KNR Hospitality Group will work with Bernstein to create the food and beverage offerings at the hotel."
This announcement, along with the addition of Pubbelly's L'Echon Brasserie, set to open in the next few months, and the continued success of Scott Conant's Scarpetta(bolstered by Top Chef Nina Compton) and Michael Mina 74, both at the Fontainebleau, seals the deal for Miami Beach's mid-beach dining scene to be one of the hottest in the city.