Lisa and Julian Siegel, owners-operators of Riverside Market, Riverside Market South and Craft Beer Cartel.
Why they’re Food 50: They’ve done more in the past five years to develop and promote South Florida’s craft beer community than any other bar or restaurant owners.
Like the craft beer scene itself, the original Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale’s Riverside Park neighborhood has been bursting at the seams in recent years. Owners Lisa and Julian Siegel expanded their friendly beer-and-bites hangout — twice — in 2015. First, they opened a homebrew supply shop and beer store called Craft Beer Cartel across the street from Riverside Market. And then they opened Riverside South, a spinoff of the original, near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Both Riversides offer an unparalleled selection of local, national and international craft beers paired with eclectic, fresh-made food. In a charmingly cool twist, patrons grab their own beers from walls of coolers, pop them with bottle openers dangling from the ceiling, and pay for whatever empties they’ve accumulated. The Siegels are a near-constant presence at their beer bars, and they’re about two of the friendliest people you’ll meet in South Florida’s restaurant business.
Where to find them: Riverside Market, 608 SW 12th Ave., 954-358-8333; Riverside Market South, 3218 SE Sixth Ave., 954-524-8986; and Craft Beer Cartel, 557 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-541-3206.