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Phuc Yea Pops Up at Mystery Locations

Phuc Yea, the Vietnamese pop-up is on the cusp of opening its permanent location at the former Moonchine space at 7100 Biscayne Blvd. Partners Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, who also own the Federal Food Drink & Provisions just down the road, are poised to serve Viet-noms once again to Miami, with upgrades like a raw bar and papaya bar. 

But before Phuc Yea turns into a permanent fixture in Miami's culinary scene, it's popping up again at some secret places around town — and at your doorstep.

Meinhold says she and Zapata put some thought to the idea and felt this was a poetic way to have the restaurant come full circle. "We feel it's only apropos to close our existence as a pop-up with a pop-up. At this point, Phuc Yea won't be popping up again. It's just here to stay. This is the end of Phuc Yea's first chapter and the beginning of a new one. We are only too excited to have gotten to this point. I can't believe this day is here!"

In anticipation of Phuc Yea's imminent opening, Meinhold and Zapata are hosting a series of preview dinners at undisclosed locations for the next few weeks, starting this weekend. You won't know where the dinners are until the day of the event (they are divulging the time), and you have to purchase tickets in advance for each pop-up. On the day of your chosen dinner, you'll be notified where to show up. Phuc Yea was the first true pop-up in Miami, but the undisclosed location brings a whole new level of intrigue to these dinners.

The first two dinners are scheduled for this Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27, at 8 p.m. Each dinner is $40 per person, $25 additional for beverages (not including tax and gratuity). There's a maximum of 30 people per dinner.

On Saturday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m., Phuc Yea is hosting a warehouse dinner for $125 per person. This includes a cocktail, wine pairings, tax, and gratuity. Although the location is a secret, Meinhold and Zapata promise it's "somewhere far, far away," though it's safe to assume you don't have to hop a jet to your destination.

On Sunday, October 4, there's a friends and family cookout at 7 p.m. At $35, this is the least expensive and most casual of the dinner series. Once again, the whereabouts of this shindig are completely unknown.

In addition to the dinners, on Friday, October 2, Phuc Yea will offer delivery to your home or office from noon to 7 p.m. For $18 per person, plus tax and tip, you'll receive a lunch or dinner box rushed to your doorstep by Delivery Dudes. You can order your meal in advance from September 27 through October 1.

Finally, if you're going to the III Points Festival at Mana Wynwood on October 9 through 11, Phuc Yea will be there serving up some grub. 

To purchase tickets to any (or all) of the dinners or to order your special Phuc Yea delivery box, visit
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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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