Aventura / Sunny Isles


Aventura approves liquor permits for two new restaurants


Special to the Miami Herald

Two restaurants, which opened in February at the Aventura Town Center, will now be allowed to serve beer, wine or liquor.

The City Commission unanimously approved the resolutions at its monthly meeting last week.

The Counter Custom Built Burgers will now be allowed to serve wine, beer and liquor at a cocktail lounge within the restaurant, 18717 Biscayne Blvd.

The restaurant has 12 indoor and eight outdoor seats within its cocktail lounge area. There are 110 indoor seats and 20 outdoor patio seats at the restaurant, which offers customers a custom-built burger bar where customers can select burgers, cheeses and other toppings.

Manager Darrell Pierre said the approved resolution will improve the lunch rush.

“It’s helped tremendously,” Pierre said. “More people will want to sit at the bar for lunch.”

Café Cita will now be allowed to offer beer and wine at its restaurant, which serves coffee, tapas and salads. Manager Yossi Cohen hopes to attract more customers in the evening.

“Coffee is not a night business,” Cohen said. “Serving beer and wine will help our business.”

The restaurant, 18719 Biscayne Blvd., has 23 indoor and 40 outdoor seats.

The approved resolutions allow for beer, wine and liquor to only be sold in conjunction with food service and customers are not allowed to leave with alcoholic beverages.

City Manager Eric Soroka stated the restaurants underwent the typical period for businesses awaiting approval for liquor licenses.

Also at last week’s meeting, the City Commission:

• Approved a fourth sign wall at Mount Sinai Medical Center, 2845 Aventura Blvd. The 130-square-foot sign will now identify the two-story medical office building as the Donald Soffer Family Health Care Center.

• A resolution to extend the Green Market in Founders Park at 3105 NE 190th St. from June 1 to Sept. 14.

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