Openings

October 2018 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

The taco trio ($18).
The taco trio ($18). Courtesy of Charly’s Vegan Tacos
With cooler temperatures, Miami is waking up from the summer doldrums. As the city prepares for upcoming festivals, Art Basel, and the yearly onslaught of vacationers, restaurants are also gearing up.

This month, two Miami icons reopened for the season: Joe's Stone Crab returned for its 105th year, and Knaus Berry Farm brought back its freshly baked cinnamon rolls. Amir Ben-Zion opened Vagabond Sushi as part of his Vagabond Village of eateries and drinking establishments at the Vagabond Hotel.

Sadly, some of Miami's best-loved restaurants closed in October. MIna's Mediterraneo served its last brunch and Jackson Hall closed after less than a year.

On the horizon, look for David Grutman and Pharrell Willams' gorgeous Swan and Bar Bevy and Cafe La Trova, a collaboration between Julio Cabrera and Michelle Bernstein.
click to enlarge The taco trio ($18). - COURTESY OF CHARLY’S VEGAN TACOS
The taco trio ($18).
Courtesy of Charly’s Vegan Tacos
Openings
click to enlarge Mina's shakshuka - PHOTO BY LAINE DOSS
Mina's shakshuka
Photo by Laine Doss
Closings
  • Balans
  • Jackson Hall
  • Mina's Mediterraneo
  • S&S Diner
  • Swine Southern Table & Bar
La Trova - COURTESY JULIO CABRERA
La Trova
Courtesy Julio Cabrera
Coming Attractions
  • Abi Maria - cocktail lounge opening at Downtown Dadeland
  • Angelo Elia Pizza Bar - opening at Aventura ParkSquare
  • Atlas Meat-Free Deli - opening permanent shop in Little River
  • Axe Throwing Society - opening soon
  • Azucar - opening near FIU and expanding to Texas
  • Beat Culture Brewery - opening soon
  • Biscayne Bay Brewing - opening second location in downtown Miami
  • Bonci - Roman-style pizza to open at Cube Wynwood
  • Bikini Barista - coming to midtown Miami
  • Cake Thai - opening at the Citadel in Little River
  • The Cat Cafe - Cats and coffee coming to South Beach
  • Chops + Hops - ax throwing and beer bar coming to Fort Lauderdale
  • The Citadel - Little River Food Hall
  • Descarga Brewing Company - opening in North Miami
  • Dunkanoo Kitchen - Opening in Wynwood
  • El Camino - Opening in Fort Lauderdale and Miami
  • El Club - Opening in the Design District
  • Elia Gourmet Market - opening in Wynwood
  • Ember - Brad Kilgore to open at Paradise Plaza in the Design District
  • Erba - Niven Patel opening an Italian concept
  • Firehouse Mrkt - food hall opening soon
  • Firestone on South Beach - David Grutman turning space into food and retail spaces
  • Gramps by the Sea - opening soon
  • Gravity Brewlab - opening in Wynwood
  • Genuine Pizzeria - Michael Schwartz expanding with several locations
  • Happy Place Donuts - opening second location on Ocean Drive
  • iLov305 - Pitbull opening a restaurant on Ocean Drive
  • IceBox Cafe - opening at Aventura ParkSquare, the Falls, and Hallandale
  • International Smoke - Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry opening restaurant at Aventura Mall
  • Kaido - Brad Kilgore opening at Paradise Plaza in the Design District
  • La Plaicita - Jose Mendin and partners to open a Puerto Rican concept on Biscayne Blvd
  • La Trova - Julio Cabrero and Michelle Bernstein reunite
  • La Ventanita Cuban Coffee - opening late 2018.
  • Latin House Grill - opening near FIU
  • Leslie - opening in Little Havana
  • Lincoln Eatery Food Hall - opening in South Beach
  • Local 'Q - barbecue concept by the owners of Local
  • Lost City Brewing Company - coming to North Miami
  • Marabu at Brickell City Centre - opening early 2019.
  • Mediterranean Kitchen - opening in Aventura
  • Miracle on Flagler - Christmas-themed cocktail bar popping up for the holidays
  • Monger - the Voltaggios opening a restaurant in downtown Miami
  • Morning Glory Organic Coffee - All-vegan coffee shop opening in Coconut Grove
  • Ms. Cheezious - planning expansion
  • Myumi at the Citadel in Little River
  • North Italia - opening in Mary Brickell Village
  • Oris Sushi - opening at Dadeland Mall
  • Pincho Factory - opening several locations
  • Pink Pie - Opening Fall 2018
  • Pink Rock Sea Pacific Eatery - opening on Española Way
  • Poke 305 - expanding to Miami Beach and Coconut Grove
  • Rasta Village - coming to Little Haiti
  • Raw Juce - opening in Brickell
  • Real Madrid Cafe - opening in downtown Miami
  • Revolution in Bloom - vegan and vegetarian cuisine
  • Salty Donut - opening a location in South Miami
  • Sergio's - expanding its fast-casual concepts
  • Seawell Fish & Oyster - opening at Kimpton Angler's Hotel
  • Sistrunk Market & Brewery - opening in Fort Lauderdale
  • South Beach Brewing Company - first SoBe brewery coming with beer cocktails
  • Starbucks - opening inside several Publix locations
  • Swan and Bar Bevy - David Grutman and Pharrel teaming up
  • Taquiza - reopening on South Beach
  • Time Out Market - food hall opening in South Beach
  • Toasted Bagels - coming to Coral Gables
  • Tobacco Road - the new and improved Road opening soon
  • Trader Joe's - coming to South Beach
  • Tripping Animals Brewery - opening soon
  • Tropical Barbecue - Kris Wessel returns with Little Haiti barbecue place
  • Tutto Il Giorno - authentic Italian fare coming soon
  • Unbranded Brewing Company - Hialeah's first brewery
  • Unseen Creatures - brewery opening soon
  • Wawa - opening several locations in Miami-Dade
  • Which Wich - opening several locations in Miami
  • Whole Foods Market - proposed megastore in Sunset Harbour and new Fort Lauderdale locations
In the Works
  • Max Santiago plans to open a breakfast doughnut cafe called Mad Max Doughnuts.
  • Chef Alex Stupak is shopping for a Miami location for a taco restaurant.
  • Joël Robuchon is opening eateries in the Design District.
  • Arjun Waney, a partner in Zuma and Coya, plans to open a French restaurant in Brickell.
  • Jose Garces is rumored to be opening a Miami restaurant.
  • Michael Schwartz is opening a restaurant at the COMO in South Beach.
  • Alfredo Patino plans to open a French concept on NE 79th Street.
  • Embarek Alibay will open a café adjacent to his La Parisienne Bakery at 1909 NE 154th St., North Miami Beach.
  • MasterChef judge Henrique Fogaça is looking for space in Miami.
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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