Epicure Gourmet Market & Cafe will close its Sunny Isles Beach store at at 17190 Collins Ave. this month after nearly 10 years in business — leaving only the original Epicure Market in Miami Beach after an expansion effort in Miami-Dade failed to take hold.
The Sunny Isles Beach store opened in 2008, followed by a location in Coral Gables in 2013. The Coral Gables store closed in June 2015 after struggling to find its customer base. The original Epicure opened in 1945 at 1656 Alton Rd. in Miami Beach.
Epicure’s Sunny Isles Beach market replaced the legendary Rascal House — considered among the last of Miami-Dade’s old-school New York-style delis and built by the restaurateur Wolfie Cohen in 1954.
The Rascal House was a dining destination in the area for decades, serving oversized portions and staffed by no-nonsense waitresses who labored amid a decor seemingly frozen in time with black and white photos of Jackie Gleason and wooden counters and booths.
In 1996, Cohen sold the Rascal House to the Starkman family — father Isaac and brothers Guy and Jason — who kept the restaurant running until 2008, when they converted it into an Epicure market.