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Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape at Thompson Miami Beach to Open in October announced the name of Michelle Bernstein's restaurant at Thompson Miami Beach (formerly the Crown).

Now, more details emerge on the brasserie that opens in the fall. The 267-seat Seagrape is a partnership between Bernstein and husband/partner David Martinez and KNR Hospitality Group's Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo. Seagrape will boast a Florida theme, as befits a restaurant in a boutique Miami Beach hotel.

Scheduled to open October 2014, it will take inspiration from "the beach and ocean," according to Bernstein, who will also reflect those influences in her cuisine.

See also: Michelle Bernstein to Open Restaurant at Thompson Miami Beach Hotel

Although the menu hasn't been finalized, Seagrape will feature local seafood and produce. In fact, Bernstein has commissioned a group of local farmers to grow product specifically for the restaurant. In addition to fresh vegetables, the restaurant will offer a selection of "pedigreed steaks" and a raw bar will have all manner of crudos, carpaccios, and sashimi.

Seagrape will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily and will also handle all of the hotel's poolside and bar service, as well as inside dining and on-site catering.

In addition to Seagrape, the Thompson Miami Beach will feature two cocktail lounges, the Crown Room and the 1930s House, a beach bungalow turned into a speakeasy.

Brett Orlando, area managing director for Commune Hotels and Resorts, confirmed a second restaurant will open sometime in the winter, saying, "we're very excited to introduce Thompson to Miami Beach during what looks like will be a very exciting season in South Florida and thrilled to be working with such amazing partners in the food & beverage realm -- Chef Michelle Bernstein and the team at KNR Hospitality."

If you want to make a night of your dinner and cocktail experience, the Thompson Miami Beach is currently accepting room reservations, starting November 14. A rate of $499 per night gets you Continental Breakfast, a $100 food and beverage credit, and a specialty welcome cocktail.

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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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