The Dutch had a nice run.
After eight years inside the W Hotel South Beach, the New American steakhouse by two-time James Beard award winner Andrew Carmellini will close on April 30, according to a company spokesperson. However, a re-branded version of the restaurant will continue with his longtime protege, Joshua Gripper, as the executive chef.
“We are so proud of what this restaurant has accomplished since opening back in 2011, and grateful for each and every team member and guest who were a part of the journey,” a statement read in part.
When The Dutch opened in 2011, it was a coming home of sorts for Carmellini, whose father grew up in the Little River area. His grandfather was a regular at the Surf Club during its golden age in the 1940s and 1950s, long before chef Thomas Keller helped revitalize the private club with a posh new restaurant.
Carmellini and restaurateurs Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom partnered up with locals Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo to open an offshoot of his SoHo spot on the beach. It was at once a refined, date-night spot, an afterhours hangout and a laid-back affair where simple dishes were rendered with expert flair.
Private rooms meant it was a tried-and-true haunt for celebrities. And it became an regular spot for lovers of fine food in Miami’s dining scene.
The hotel insisted the staff and management will remain the same with Gripper, who has been at the restaurant since its inception and manning the restaurant’s day-to-day operations for months. Gripper worked at New York’s Café Boulud, Eleven Madison Park and alongside Momofuku’s David Chang with Carmellini.
“Gripper, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the culinary industry and is an Andrew Carmellini protégé, will work ... to provide guests with the exceptional dining and service experience they have come to know and expect at W South Beach,” W South Beach owner David Edelstein wrote in a statement.
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