This past Sunday, the massive, 62,000-square-foot project hosted a preview event without knowing when the hall and its various components would finally be ready for the public.
Now the date has been set. The Citadel's food hall, featuring 15 concepts and a bar, will open February 16. A rooftop bar and retail space will open shortly thereafter. The complex will also house a music and entertainment venue and radio and production studios.
The food hall takes up 15,000 square feet of the Citadel's space and will offer fare from some of Miami's best-known chefs, including Antonio Bachour, Richard Hales, Jouvens Jean, and Steve Santana. The hall, open for lunch and dinner, will seat 300 people and include the following concepts:
- Il Nuts. Yossef Roasting Co. offers handcrafted and roasted Israeli nuts and seeds.
- 33 Kitchen. The Coconut Grove favorite closed about a year ago, and owners Leslie Ames and Sebastian Fernandez vowed to return with more projects. Now they're back with Peruvian fare at 33 Kitchen and a new burger concept.
- Ash! Pizza Parlor. The owners of Stanzione 87 are behind this wood-fired Neapolitan pizza concept.
- Bachour. Award-winning pastry chef Antonio Bachour offers two spots selling his gorgeous pastries and gourmet chocolates.
- Bianco Gelato. This is the fifth location for this concept, which makes gelato daily using organic ingredients.
- Manjay. Chef Jouvens Jean serves traditional Caribbean cuisine.
- Meet ’n Cheese. Mauro Bortignon's charcuterie spot offers imported cheese, Italian salumi, and a to-go charcuterie cone.
- Palma Juice Co. Grab-and-go juices, salads, and soups are the specialities at Palma.
- Palmar. This outpost of the Wynwood restaurant serves chef Raymond Li's takes on Chinese cuisine.
- Rare Burger. 33 Kitchen's Leslie Ames and Sebastian Fernandez present a new burger concept featuring premium meats and vegetarian selections.
- Society BBQ. Chef Richard Hales (Sakaya Kitchen, Blackbrick, Bird & Bone) brings Texas barbecue to Miami via meats smoked with wood for hours and then carved to order.
- Taquiza. Chef Steve Santana takes his traditional Mexican taqueria to the Citadel.
- Vice City Bean. This second location of the local coffeehouse offers caffeine fixes and pastries.
The Citadel. 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami; thecitadelmiami.com. Opens February 16.