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Amir Ben-Zion Creates a Village at the Vagabond Hotel

2 years ago by Clarissa Buch
It was 5 p.m. Thursday, October 25, the day before Vagabond Sushi was to open, when Amir Ben-Zion addressed a group of employees finishing a wine and food tasting as part of their training. Ceramic cup of sake in hand, he told the two dozen servers and bartenders sitting around...

Beloved Wynwood Club Bardot Announces Spring 2020 Return

10 months ago by Douglas Markowitz
In an Instagram post shared Monday, the shuttered after-hours hang announced it will reopen on the eve of III Points' 2020 edition.

Vagabond Village Has Closed

2 years ago by Laine Doss
Vagabond Sushi, the Amir Ben-Zion restaurant inside the Vagabond Hotel, is closed. It closed yesterday, along with the other concepts that comprised the restaurateur's Vagabond Village: the Oasis pool bar and Brigitte, the intimate bar and billiard lounge.

In South Street and Cooper Avenue, Miami's Hottest Restaurateur Embarks on His Most Ambitious Ventures

8 years ago by Emily Codik
It was nearly 10 o'clock on a Friday evening when Amir Ben-Zion strolled past the double doors of his new Design District eatery, South Street. Head cleanly shaven and dressed in distressed jeans, the 50-year-old sauntered by an expansive leather booth where Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union were tweeting about...

South Street Restaurant & Bar Moving Into Former Sra. Martinez Space

8 years ago by Jose D. Duran
When Sra. Martinez bowed out of of the Design District back in July, we knew it wouldn't be long before the space would reopen with a new concept.Amir Ben-Zion, the man behind Gigi, Bardot, Cooper Avenue, and formerly Sra. Martinez, will be opening up South Street Restaurant & Bar, a...

Cooper Avenue Arriving at New World Garage Space This Summer; Gigi South Beach Plans Scrapped

9 years ago by Jose D. Duran
Last year, we broke the news that restauranteur and nightlife impresario Amir Ben-Zion was planning to open a South Beach outpost of Gigi at 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue. The location at the parking garage for the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center included 7,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space that...

South Street Closes

8 years ago by Laine Doss
South Street Restaurant & Bar, the Motown-inspired restaurant in the Design District, has closed. The restaurant's Facebook page simply states, "South Street is closed... STAY TUNED FOR WHAT'S NEXT." The phone at the restaurant went unanswered at 7:15 last night, and a call to sister restaurant Gigi yielded no further...

Six Miami Restaurants and Bars to Try Now That Miami Art Week Is Over

2 years ago by Laine Doss
Miami Art Week is one of the city's most vibrant times of the year. Tens of thousands of artists, gallerists, and A-listers converge upon the area to observe, party, and be seen. The only bad part is trying to get a reservation — or even a seat at the bar — of the newest and coolest restaurants and watering holes.

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