NOTE: Owing to the volatile situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, New Times readers should not assume that any event that was "on" at the time of publication will not be canceled at a later time. We will do our utmost to update our stories to reflect cancellations, but please call ahead before setting out for any events.
This weekend, Poke OG celebrates its grand opening in downtown Miami. Plus, new restaurants open at Riverside, the Salty Donut's sticky-bun doughnut collab returns, and Fireman Derek's Bake Shop offers Pi Day specials.
Poke OG's Grand-Opening Poke Party
Poke OG will celebrate its downtown Miami opening this Friday evening. The Hawaii-meets-California spot specializes in custom-made bowls. Beginning at 6 p.m., expect music, bottomless sake and cocktails, and all-you-can-eat poke bowls. Guests can also take home a special OG souvenir. 6 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Poke OG, 161 SE First St., Miami; instagram.com.
The Salty Donut and Knaus Berry Farm Collab Returns With More Sticky-Bun Doughnuts
Mark your calendar: The Salty Donut's legendary sticky-bun doughnut collaboration with Knaus Berry Farm is set to return this Friday, March 13, through 22. The special doughnut will be available at the Wynwood and South Miami stores until each day's supply sells out. Drenched in a roasted-pecan and toffee-rum glaze and topped with caramelized pecans, the cinnamon-roll/doughnut mashup will appear at both Salty stores in an effort to sate as many cravings as possible. Because of the doughnut's labor-intensiveness, quantities will still be limited. The rolls cost $6.50 each and are expected to sell fast. In years past, they've sold out every day hours before closing time. 50 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-925-8126; and 6022 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami; 786-409-4714; saltydonut.com.
Le Chick’s Second-Anniversary Pulp Fiction Party
Le Chick is turning 2. Celebrate with a Pulp Fiction-themed party. Expect themed cocktails and bites by Le Chick’s head mixologist Rebekah Stone and executive chef Ernesto Tapia –– all in the spirit of Tarantino. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Le Chick, 310 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-216-7086; lechickrotisserie.com.
Brickell's Riverside Opens First Phase of Its Dining and Entertainment Complex
Riverside, a 120,000-square-foot dining and entertainment park nestled along the Miami River, is now partially open. Restaurants that have debuted include Cage, a casual concept from the team behind Le Chick; Lisboeta, a Portuguese seafood spot by the owners of Old Lisbon; Mexican eatery Taco Gourmet by Chef Alex; and Crush Pizza Bar. This Friday, March 13, AWA Asian Cuisine, an izakaya led by chef Gonzalo Arganaras, will soft-open. Since the venue's debut during Super Bowl weekend, the main lounge, the AWA bar, the Miami River Brewery taproom, and the mixology bar have been operating part-time. 431 S. Miami Ave., Miami; riverside.miami. Thursday 4 to 8 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Pi Day at Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop
On Pi Day — this Saturday, March 14 — Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop will offer a limited selection of pie slices for $3.14 each (originally $7). Flavors include key lime, salted caramel, pecan, apple, guavaberry, and chocolate pecan. The offer is valid at both Fireman Derek's locations. All day Saturday, March 14, at Fireman Derek's Bake Shop, 2818 N. Miami Ave., Miami, and 3435 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; firemandereks.com.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.