, known for its tart frozen yogurt, opened in Kendall in March 2011. Located in The Prado Shopping Center, the place has been hailed as a "strong neighborhood store," according to director of operations Jeyson Jones, who described its demographics as mostly school-age kids and families.
The original Pinkberry began operating in West Los Angeles in 2005 and has spread quickly across the United States, Mexico, Latin America, and the Middle East. There are now more than 100 stores. The location in Kendall is the first of at least two planned in South Florida, with a Pinkberry due to open in Aventura -- at 21211 Biscayne Blvd. -- in August.
When you walk in, you're served complimentary samples of the frozen yogurt. According to Jones, Pinkberry has high standards for staff, beginning with an "audition," rather than an interview, where applicants are critiqued based on characteristics such as creativity and being outgoing.
Set to debut on Friday, May 27: salted caramel.
Prices without toppings begin at: $1.95 for a mini (3 oz.), $2.50 for a small cup (5 oz.), $3.50 for a medium (8 oz.), and $4.95 for a large (13 oz.). Toppings (unlimited so long as they fit comfortably in the cup) take the price up, but not by much. For example, we ordered the mini coconut with toppings ($2.95) and added praline hazelnut ($.50) as well as the mini chocolate with toppings ($2.95) with milk chocolate crunch ($.50). A handful of toppings cost an additional $.50, whereas most are included (we sampled the raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi on our treats and the fruit was indeed fresh). For families wishing to enjoy frozen yogurt in bulk at home, the 25-oz. "take home" ($9.95 for original and $11.95 for flavored, no toppings) is available.
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Pinkberry is not "the first to the party, but we believe in the level and quality of product and service we provide... We're very excited to be in Miami!" says Jones.
The store is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The Prado Shopping Center
8737 SW 136th Street, Miami