The midtown Miami location of Apeiro Kitchen & Bar, the sibling of a popular Mediterranean restaurant in Delray Beach, opens to the public for daily dinner service on Friday, Oct. 23.
Apeiro, at 3252 NE First Ave., is an effort from chef David Blonsky and veteran South Florida restaurateur Burt Rapoport, whose Raffles restaurant at the Dadeland Mall was a pioneer of California cuisine in Miami when it opened in 1980.
“With the recent renaissance of Mediterranean cuisine in Miami, the timing couldn’t be better for Apeiro Midtown,” Rapoport says. “We’re excited to be a part of that resurgence and bring our own creative takes to the table.”
Apeiro’s menu showcases dishes from Morocco and Italy to Greece and Spain. Wood-oven-baked pita with eggplant caponata, hummus and pistachio yogurt; Moroccan-spiced lamb ribs; and bay-scallop crudo make up part of the small-plates portion of the menu. Larger mains include kebabs, flatbreads and pastas like housemade orecchiette with saffron cream and lamb merguez sausage.
After the restaurant gets dinner up and running, Apeiro plans to expand its hours to weekend brunch service starting Oct. 31 and weekday lunch starting Nov. 2. Daily happy hour specials begin at 4 p.m.
Apeiro’s Delray Beach location, 14917 Lyons Rd., earned a four-star review from the Sun Sentinel this year.
Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald food editor: @EvanBenn