2021: Restaurant Openings in South Florida

Despite the challenges and concerns that arise as we try to go back to normal, restaurants keep opening in South Florida. With the proper measures in place to reassure their commitment to the security of patrons, while showing full support to government agencies in what seems to be a never-ending fight against this pandemic. Now after 10 months of the COVID 19 crisis and the back and forth, closed, re-opened, closed again, and now open, we are hoping for the best and with your help, a brighter future for our Industry. Find below some of the restaurants opening soon in South Florida for your consideration, Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Cervecería La Tropical

Cerveceria La Tropical

Cervecería La Tropical, which established the Cuban beer industry in 1888 when it was inaugurated in Havana, will open as Miami’s newest brewery in the Wynwood Arts District in January 2021 with a 28,000 square-foot space. Embracing the alluring and high-energy spirit of Miami by way of Cuba, Latin America, and the Caribbean, La Tropical will feature a state-of-the-art onsite brewing operation, accompanied by a taproom, restaurant, and botanical garden, as well as, an ongoing event schedule, art installations and live music stage. La Tropical has an annual brewing capacity of 32,000 hectoliters per year and can house up to 800 craft beer lovers. The taproom will offer handcrafted beers including lagers, sours, barrel-aged, ales infused with local ingredients, and the brand’s flagship La Original Ambar Lager, whose recipe dates back to 1888. Space will also house a Latin Caribbean-inspired restaurant by Miami’s own Chef Cindy Hutson. Outdoors, consumers can explore a lush 10,000 square-foot botanical tropical garden – Jardines La Tropical – and, in keeping with the neighborhood, a selection of commissioned murals and art by local artists. La Tropical will debut in January 2021 in Wynwood at 42 NE 25th Street. www.cervecerialatropical.com.

Cafe Kush Opens in the Gold Dust Motel
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Café Kush

Located in the historical MiMo Arts District at the Selina Gold Dust Motel, Café Kush transports guests to their very own Miami-meets-French Riviera. Selina, which restored the dilapidated motel and opened the property in December 2020, fused the iconic retro vibes of Miami’s past with the exciting energy and strong artistic presence of the Magic City to bring this sophisticated space to life. Boasting tasteful Art Deco vibes and a serene water view, this funky, French-inspired café dishes up bistro classics such as Cuisses de Grenouilles (Frog’s Legs); Soupe à L’Oignon (French Onion Soup); Croque Monsieur and Coq au Vin; as well as Kush signature items including the Frita, Chicken-n-Waffles and Key Lime Pie. For the cafe’s bar program, the devil is in the details. From homemade vermouth left tableside and charged by consumption, to cocktails served in cigar boxes and finished with an aromatic spritz from vintage perfume bottles, each libation is a marvel of creativity. In addition to the restaurant’s eight signature cocktails, a collection of fine wines from France and beyond are available along with a selection of local signature brews like their very own Kaptain Kush made by Tank Brewing Co. Café Kush is located at 7700 Biscayne Blvd in Miami; 305-985-4764; kushhospitality.com.

Chuy's margarita on the rocks
Photo Credit: Chuy’s Pembroke Pines

Chuy’s Pembroke Pines

Chuy’s, one of Austin, Texas’ most beloved restaurant concepts, is opening its first Broward County location in Pembroke Pines in February 2021. The opening of the Pembroke Pines location marks the 103rd restaurant overall for the established brand, which opened its first restaurant in Austin 37 years ago. Chuy’s marries traditional, made-from-scratch Tex-Mex cuisine and a refreshing lineup of cocktails with an eccentric dining room design offering a flavorful and whimsical culinary experience. The menu will offer an explosion of flavors, featuring authentic food crafted with care including hand-rolled tortillas made fresh. On-site popular items include Enchiladas and Stuffed Chile Rellenos. Additional dishes on offer will include the Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom Enchiladas and Chuy’s Famous Big As Yo’ Face Burritos, complemented by signature homemade sauces, ranging from the mild Tomatillo Sauce to the spicy Hatch Green Chile sauce. Chuy’s Pembroke Pines will be located at 10610 Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines. https://www.chuys.com

Reunion Kitchen Bar Lounge
Photo Credit: Reunion Ktchn Bar Lounge

Reunion Kitchen Bar Lounge

Aventura’s hotspot Reunion Ktchn Bar (RKB), known for its world-spanning, eclectic menu, exquisitely crafted cocktails as well as its polished service and chic décor, is excited to unveil RKB’s swanky little sister – a gastronomic-styled lounge featuring its own space, menu, and drinks. Located in the space next door to the restaurant, the renovated lounge serves as both an extension of the RKB experience as well as one all it’s own. Inarguably, no restaurant in the Aventura market offers as varied and dazzling a list of signature craft cocktails as RKB, and the new list exclusive to the lounge will further its rep as the spot for perfect pours. Like RKB, the cocktail menu at the lounge is an exercise in technique, balance, and creativity, with influences from across the globe. Sporting a modern yet comfortable design scheme, the lounge strikes the perfect balance between chic and comfortable. Seating 30, is open Sunday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 11 PM, Friday & Saturday ‘til midnight. Oysters & Taittinger Mondays feature $2 house oysters and 50% off Taittinger Brut bottles; Ladies Spritz Wednesdays profiles $8 specialty spritzes. Reunion Ktchn Bar is located at 18167 Biscayne Boulevard in Aventura. https://reunionkb.com/

Give the Gift of Flavor While Impressing Even the Most Refined Palates
Photo Credit: Salt & Straw Miami

Salt & Straw Miami

To start the year on a sweet note, Salt & Straw, the beloved Portland-based ice cream company, is finally opening the highly-anticipated first East Coast scoop shops in early 2021. The small-batch ice cream brand will open shops in Wynwood and Coconut Grove serving up their curiously delicious flavors as well as some Miami-inspired creations with local community partners. Wynwood (240 NW 25th St. Suite M) will open first in January 2021 with Coconut Grove (3015 Grand Ave #145) opening shortly after in February 2021. Taking inspiration from Miami, Salt & Straw’s Co-founder and Head Ice Cream Maker, Tyler Malek, will create a locally sourced menu that reflects the flavors of Miami by using local ingredients. The scoop shops will feature Salt & Straw’s all-time, cult classics and seasonal ice creams, with new flavors rotating monthly, that tell the story of Miami chefs and artisans. www.saltandstraw.com.

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