Food & Drink

Quick bites of Miami restaurant news: openings, closings, chef changes and kitchen shuffles

Prawns from Cake Thai Kitchen, opening next year in Wynwood.
Prawns from Cake Thai Kitchen, opening next year in Wynwood.

Ted’s at YoungArts (2100 Biscayne Blvd.) in Miami has made good on its summer promise to shift from an on-demand restaurant to an artistic space with special performances catered by Starr Events.

Over Halloween weekend YoungArts hosted the first installment of its new Pairings at Ted’s. The dinner-and-a-show series includes a three-course meal or optional small plates and drinks before live theater or music.

Upcoming performances include A Broadway Thanksgiving, Nov. 27-28, with the music of Broadway favorites plus a Thanksgiving-themed menu, and Jake Goldbas’ Holiday Bonanza, Dec. 18-19, with jazz concerts from several YoungArts’ alumni.

The prix-fixe dinner package includes show admission and a three-course meal for $95. General admission is $35 a person with a $25 food-and-beverage minimum. More info:


▪ Talde opens Friday at the Thompson Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Ave. It is the third Talde restaurant from former Top Chef contestant Dale Talde, following locations in Brooklyn and Jersey City, and serves an Asian-influenced menu. Executive chef Janine Denetdeel, who opened Talde in Brooklyn, is running the kitchen in Miami Beach, serving entrees like banana leaf-roasted Florida snapper with moo shu pancakes, and lemongrass pork shoulder with watermelon nuoc cham. More information:

▪ Pinch Kitchen opens Friday at 8601 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami (formerly Biscayne Diner). Chef-partners John Gallo and Rene Reyes describe Pinch as a “freestyle American eatery,” serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and offering a rotating menu of seasonal small plates paired with craft beers and boutique wines. Gallo and Reyes first met more than a decade ago while working at Casa Tua in Miami Beach and more recently cooked together at Pubbelly restaurants. More information:

▪ Sunny’s is now open at The Hall South Beach, 1500 Collins Ave. Spike Mendelsohn — former Top Chef contestant, current Washington, D.C., restaurateur and food-policy activist — and chef de cuisine Michael Colletti crafted a beach-inspired menu that includes Hawaiian-style tuna poke and Greek-style torn bread with tomatoes, feta and oregano. Sunny’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

▪ Driftwood Room is now open at the Nautilus South Beach, 1825 Collins Ave. Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli and chef de cuisine Lucas Marino put together a Mediterranean-meets-Florida menu of shrimp with green-apple chimichurri, whole roasted cauliflower with rock salt and lemon, and cobia crudo. Driftwood Room is run by China Grill Management.

Coming soon

▪ Ariete will open early next year at 3540 Main Hwy. in Coconut Grove. The restaurant from former Cypress Room sous chef Michael Beltran will be where Italian wine bar La Bottega Enoteca had been; it shares an address with Calamari seafood bistro and is neighbors with Taurus Beer & Whiskey House. Beltran said he’s aiming to have Ariete open for dinner service in January, with lunch and brunch to follow about a month later. Ariete’s menu will be built around the restaurant’s wood grill and will feature options like smoked headcheese with house pickles, foie gras and plantains, oxtail and bone-marrow pie and other go-big-or-go-home dishes.

▪ Coyo Taco in Wynwood is opening a second location, in the former Nobu space at the Shore Club in South Beach, 1901 Collins Ave. The taco pop-up is slated to open by the end of November, with the full restaurant settling in soon after. Founders Alan Drummond, Sven Vogtland and chef-partner Scott Linquist opened Coyo in Wynwood (2300 NW Second Ave.) in December 2014. The popular taco shop also sports a “hidden” back bar that pumps out music and mezcal after hours. Nobu has moved a few miles north of its former Shore Club home to the Eden Roc/Nobu resort at 4525 Collins Ave.

▪ Cake Thai Kitchen in Miami is opening a location at the Wynwood Gateway Complex at Northwest 29th Street and Second Avenue. The new restaurant is projected to open in the summer; the original remains in operation at 7917 Biscayne Blvd. Chef-owner Phuket “Cake” Thongsodchareondee (he earned his nickname from his mother’s favorite craving when she was pregnant with him) will find his new space in Wynwood next to a Ducati showroom and Boxelder Craft Beer Market.

▪ Sarsaparilla Club, from Top Chef alums and former Miami Beach chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, is coming early next year to the Shelborne Wyndham Grand, 1801 Collins Ave. The restaurant will replace Morimoto South Beach, which operated for a year before closing this fall. McInnis and Booth, who decamped to New York last year to open the Southern restaurant Root & Bone, previously worked together at Gigi in Miami and Yardbird in Miami Beach.

▪ LaMuse Café is aiming for a spring opening within the Avant Gallery at the Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami. The 40-seat, indoor-outdoor restaurant is a collaboration between Avant owner Dmitry Prut, chef Jamie DeRosa (Izzy’s Fish & Oyster) and consultant Dirk DeSouza. LaMuse will offer breakfast, all-day and late-night bistro fare, as well as a grab-and-go counter and nearby delivery.

▪ Hank and Harry’s Deli is opening next year at 1691 Michigan Ave. in Miami Beach, off Lincoln Road. Behind the project is Buzzy Sklar, who recently opened burger restaurant Sliderz at 1817 NE 123rd St. in North Miami. Expect corned beef, pastrami, pickles, bagels, soups, hot dogs and more.


▪ The Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Ave.) in Miami Beach has brought on chefs Jose Icardi and Josh Elliott to lead its culinary endeavors starting this month. The move comes on the heels of the announcement that Michael Schwartz and the Raleigh have ended their four-year partnership, which included the hotel’s highly rated Restaurant Michael Schwartz. Icardi, who takes control as the Raleigh’s executive chef, will remain executive chef of Katsuya, located a few doors down Collins Avenue at the SLS Hotel. Both properties are managed by entertainment/hospitality group sbe. He and Elliott, former chef de cuisine of Pubbelly’s L’echon Brasserie, are working on revamping the Raleigh’s breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus.

▪ Cypress Tavern is the new name for what was The Cypress Room, which was Michael Schwartz’s fine-dining, high-end restaurant at 3620 NE Second Ave. in Miami. Schwartz and Bradley Herron, executive chef of Schwartz’s The Genuine Hospitality Group, have positioned Cypress Tavern as an American grill and bar, with expanded appetizer and entree options and lower prices. “The idea is to bring Cypress back to being a familiar, friendly, neighborhood place that’s a little less of a hush-hush, precious restaurant only for extremely special occasions,” Schwartz said.


Soho Bay, the Japanese-inspired restaurant at 520 West Ave. in Miami Beach, has reopened after being closed several weeks due to road construction by its entrance. Chef Ricky Sauri has added new fall dishes to the menu, including lobster with wasabi-and-lime ice cream, and pork kakuni with bok choy and miso butter. Soho Bay is open from 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.


▪ Anacapri Italian Restaurant closed its doors at 2530 Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables after an 11-year run. Owner Giuseppe Zuozo opened the restaurant on Miracle Mile in 2004, then moved it three years later to a larger space around the corner. It is the second Anacapri to close this year: The restaurant’s Miami Springs location, at 17 Westward Dr., shuttered several months ago. The original Anacapri, 12669 S. Dixie Hwy. in Pinecrest, which includes a wine bar and Italian market, will remain open. That restaurant recently celebrated its 25th year in business.

▪ Hy Vong, the landmark Vietnamese restaurant at 3458 SW Eighth St. in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, closed last month after 36 years in business. Owner Kathy Manning, one of the Miami Herald’s 2015 South Florida Food 50 honorees, said she hoped to reopen the restaurant somewhere else after some rest and relaxation. Manning ran the restaurant with Tung Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee who Manning helped sponsor in 1975. Nguyen and Manning, a former math teacher, opened Hy Vong as a way to support Nguyen’s daughter’s education (Lyn Nguyen went on to graduate from Harvard and Cornell.).

Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald food editor: 305-376-4624, @EvanBenn