Restaurants to compete for rent-free space in Miami's downtown arts district

Will Chef Jeremiah, of GastroPod food-truck mobility, park himself in a brick-and-mortar location?

Will Eileen Andrade come east with a version of Finka, her runaway-hit gastropub in west Miami-Dade?

Will Diego Ganoza find a home from which to serve food along with his Gravity Brewlab craft beers?  

Will an unknown underdog surprise everyone with the best restaurant concept Miami’s seen in years? 

The possibilities, it seems, are endless in the newly announced A&Eats, a competition for a rent-free restaurant space for a year in Miami’s up-and-coming Arts & Entertainment District. (The area, also known as the Omni neighborhood, is centered around Northeast 15th Street and North Miami Avenue, between downtown Miami, Wynwood and Edgewater.)

Co-sponsored by the A&E District and The New Tropic, A&Eats is accepting submissions from hopeful restaurateurs Aug. 10 through 31. FInalists will be announced in mid-September, selected on the basis of originality of concept, operational know-how, menu ideas and more. An October cookoff will determine the final winner.