Food News

The Gang Miami: Food as a Concept of Life Headed to Wynwood

Wynwood is getting a new eatery in time for Art Basel. The Gang Miami, billed as an Asian-fusion restaurant, is scheduled to open in a few weeks, in time for Art Basel madness.

Husband and wife Bogdan and Jacqueline Niculae are the co-owners of the Gang Miami, located at 3500 N. Miami Ave., next to Gigi.

See also: Coyo Taco: Mexican Street Food and Margaritas Coming to Wynwood in November

The duo owned some restaurants in their native Romania before pursuing their passion of moving to Miami. "We had two restaurants back home, and because we had success with them, we decided we needed to do something in another part of the world. We love Miami and its weather," Bogdan Niculae explains,

So what prompted the couple to open an Asian-fusion restaurant instead of one serving rich stews, stuffed peppers, and tart soups of their native country?

Niculae explains the couple's ties to Asia.

"We traveled throughout the continent, spending time in Thailand and Hong King. The first time we were there was ten years ago, and we love the culture, cuisine, and respect. We also took a lot of design ideas from that part of the world, so we decided to open a restaurant that celebrates that."

The Gang will serve sushi, as well as a mix of Japanese, Thai, and Indian cuisines, along with an array of beverages. But Niculae wants the restaurant to be about more than just food and drink. "The Gang is a concept of life. It's about interior design, art, healthy living, and sports."

The name, by the way, is derived from the couple's circle of artistic friends who call themselves "the gang." The name also fits into their new Miami neighborhood, also filled with artists and bohemians.

In addition to the restaurant, the Niculaes are also opening a restaurant consulting firm, playing on their combined interior design and fashion talents.

The Gang is scheduled to soft-open November 24 and will be open for dinner nightly. During the weekends, a DJ will play music from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Follow Laine Doss on Twitter @LaineDoss and Facebook.

Follow Short Order on Facebook, Twitter @Short_Order, and Instagram @ShortOrder.

KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
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