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SoBe's Swanky Bâoli Restaurant Accused of Fraud and Forgery in Landlord's Lawsuit

Bâoli is one of the most quintessentially South Beach restaurants, a place where where Pelé and Britto recently popped Dom Pérignon together, Jamie Foxx brought his crew to drop a few Gs on bottle service, and the kitchen made headlines by offering the most expensive burger in Miami.

But behind the luxury sheen and pulsating EDM is another quintessentially Miami Beach story: allegations of forged documents, fraud, and reckless deceit in SoBe's broken permitting system.

See also: Baoli Serves Most Expensive Burger in Miami: $65 for Kobe Beef, Foie Gras, and Black Truffles

Read the full story on New Times Riptide blog about the startling allegations made by the restaurant's landlord in a lawsuit and a complaint with the city, alleging the eatery's owners faked his signature to get permits for tens of thousands of dollars' worth of construction and to extend hours at an outdoor bar.

It's an allegation with serious implications for the City of Miami Beach, where the building and code compliance departments have been rocked with arrests in recent years tied to bribery and fraud cases.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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