Wynwood Diner & Cocktails officially opened to the public on Aug. 14 following a Friends and Family event the night before. It’s located in the newly redeveloped “Wynwood Block” purchased in March by Brooklyn-based RedSky Capital for $26 million.
Owned by Mexican investors, the 6,000-square-foot eatery at 2601 NW Second Ave. in Miami is divided into three main areas: a diner, café and outdoor patio, slated to open in a few weeks (dependent upon city permitting).
Indoor décor includes unfinished concrete walls, industrial lighting fixtures, dark tufted banquettes and an open kitchen behind a wrap-around counter. Eclectic furniture is from Wynwood’s Genuine & Unique store.
Wynwood Diner currently serves lunch and dinner daily. The menu offers all-day breakfast options (categories include organic eggs; omelets & frittatas; and waffles, toast and cakes) as well as a variety of salads, burgers, main courses, starters and sides.
Head chef is Michael Castino (Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis, Pride & Joy, and Tavern on the Green in New York).
A drink menu, created by Vanessa Hulsey (Broken Shaker and 27) features handcrafted cocktails, wines, “boozy shakes” and “capped, canned, tapped and craft” beers.
Operating partner for the new venture is Holland native Jerry Böck, previous general manager at Cecconi’s, Prime Italian, Nikki Beach and Prime 112. Böck, 42, currently lives in Miami Beach (Miami for 11 years), following stints in Boston, New York and Atlanta.
“We have received an overwhelmingly good response from local guests since we opened,” said Böck, “Some already turned into regular clientele within the first week of opening.”
Wynwood Diner is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays through Tuesdays; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For details, visit www.wynwooddiner.com or call 305-747-7888.
Beach hotel to honor Ol’ Blue Eyes
In celebration of what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Sept. 1 will kick off a 100-day countdown to the legendary crooner’s birth date on Dec. 12.
That evening, the hotel will unveil The Frank Sinatra Photo Gallery, featuring 29 images from the archives of the Sinatra family, Capitol and Warner Bros. Records, renowned photographer Terry O’Neill and the estate of Ben & Bernice Novack (the original owners of the Fontainebleau).
Two of Sinatra’s granddaughters, A.J. Lambert and Amanda Erlinger, will attend a private reception prior to the exhibit’s opening to the public. Copies of the new, limited edition photography book Sinatra can be pre-ordered at the hotel ($1,500 each). The photo gallery will be on display through February.
In addition, the Fontainebleau will offer complimentary samples of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select whiskey nightly at Bleau Bar, monthly Frank Sinatra-inspired dinners (beginning Sept. 10 at Scarpetta), and a special two-night “Live Like Frank” hotel package, available Sept. 2 through Dec. 30 for $1,915 (the year Frank was born).
Sinatra often performed to packed houses at the Fontainebleau’s La Ronde Supper Club, vacationed at the hotel, filmed several movies on-property and broadcast the fourth and final episode of The Frank Sinatra Timex TV Show, Welcome Home Elvis, from the hotel’s ballroom (now known as Fontaine) in March 1960.
“Frank Sinatra represents a very special time in Fontainebleau’s history, and we look forward to celebrating his life and the legacy he left behind,” said Philip Goldfarb, the hotel’s president/COO.
The 100-day countdown will culminate with a Dec. 12 performance at the hotel honoring Sinatra (artist to be announced).
To learn more, visit www.fontainebleau.com or call 305-538-2000.
▪ Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr. in South Beach, has opened Café Nikki, a French café in the property’s courtyard area. Offerings include coffees and teas, homemade croissants, quiches, pastries, European marmalades, and fresh bread daily from Zak The Baker. Open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free two-hour parking plus free coffee for South of Fifth residents through Sept. 30. For info, call 305-538-1111 or visit www.nikkibeach.com.
▪ Peach, an innovative at-home intimates brand offering measured-to-fit bras (www.peach.company), will host a “Perfect Fit Pop-up Shop” on Thursday, Sept. 3. It takes place at Chewing Gum Ladies Boutique, 548 Arthur Godfrey Rd. in Miami Beach from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with South Florida stylist Sarah Burstein. For details, call 305-761- 5665 or email email@example.com.
▪ Congratulations to Claire Howard of North Miami Beach. This month, at age 97, she is celebrating 32 years as a bookkeeper at the Miami Beach-based real estate law firm of her son, Eugene Howard. In the office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Howard manages all of the firm’s business accounts and, according to her son, “knows all of the numbers by heart.” Her secret to life-long productivity: “Work and people keep me active. And what mother wouldn’t want to work with her son every day.”
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