Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Cafe to Reopen

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is one of those Miami gems that just gets better with age. Next month you'll be able to enjoy it at the cafe, which is due to re-open next month. The place was closed in 2005 when Hurricane Wilma flooded the ground level cafe located in James Deering's old smoking and billiard rooms.

The new place will have a fresh look that maintains the space's historical significance. Joel Hoffman, executive director, tells us that they've "tried to bring back the feel of the space, even if not the materials in all cases." From a restored fireplace to refurbished sinks and glass paned doors that are replicas of the original, "the space evokes some elements of the historic in the look and feel of the space."

Bringing in integral historic elements like window treatments, cabinets, and wicker furniture gives it all a homey feel. During the lengthy construction project, Hoffman and his team used historical drawings to recreate a space, both outdoor and in, that is similar to what was found here during the 1920s.

The current food service option is a trailer that sits to the side of the building with concessionaire Joy Wallace Catering offering al fresco dining. Wallace has been concessionaire to Vizcaya since 2004, collaborating closely with the museum on both menu items and merchandise. The cafe dates back to the 1950s, but the old version was a far cry from the historically accurate and beautifully designed new surroundings.

The Vizcaya cafe will offer a large selection of salads, sandwiches and gourmet lunch fare. Stay tuned for a preview of the menu in the coming weeks.

Follow Short Order on Facebook and Twitter @Short_Order

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.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.