Joël Robuchon to open three restaurants in Miami's Design District

A year after rumors swirled that French fine-dining culinary giant Joël Robuchon would open a restaurant in Miami’s Brickell City Centre, developers of Miami’s Design District say they’ve inked a deal to bring four Robuchon spots to the city by 2016: L’Atelier, Le Bar, La Boutique and La Terrace.

Robuchon, who has restaurants the world over and has earned more Michelin stars than any chef, will open all four in what will be called Paradise Plaza, on the north end of the Design District, part of the area’s Phase Three buildout. Paradise Plaza is located between Northeast First and Second avenues and between Northeast 41st and 42nd streets.  

L’Atelier, with its signature red-and-black decor and open kitchen, offers guests a fine-dining experience that is slightly less formal (and expensive) than Robuchon’s super-high-end restaurants. Le Bar is L’Atelier’s more-casual downstairs lounge. A separate building will house La Boutique, Robuchon’s patisserie and cafe, on the ground floor and La Terrace on the top floor with a patio. 

While the Robuchon deal is a lock, strong speculation continues that another big-name chef is coming to the District: Jean-Georges Vongerichten is said to be bringing his ABC Kitchen to Miami.   

Robuchon’s Miami restaurants are projected to open by the end of 2016; he is opening L’Atelier and La Boutique in New York City this fall, his first U.S. restaurants outside of Las Vegas. 

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