Design District Italian and cocktails hot spot Maitardi is closing for good on Saturday, February 11 and going out in grand style with a farewell party Wednesday, February 8 from 7 p.m. featuring signature amuse-bouches by Maitardi's sister venues including Salumeria 104, Soyka, TiramesU, Spris, Van Dyke Café from 7 to 8pm and a Prosecco bar from 7 to 9pm by Segafredo L’Originale on Lincoln Road. It's open to the public, but a yet-to-be-specified RSVP will be required. Says a publicist, the reason for the space being cursed isn't culinary, it's proprietary: "With the recent interest by several luxury brands and a planned large-scale expansion in the area, DACRA, property owner of the Maitardi location, elected to retake the location." So they bought out their lease. Another case of paving paradise to put up a Prada store, perhaps?
Shame, but it's not officially the end--yet. "We are very excited at the possibility of coming back to the Design District once construction is done and we are grateful to everyone who have helped make Maitardi what it is today,” states Graziano Sbroggio of Graspa Group. “Maitardi enabled us to work with new and exciting elements including the beautiful and bountiful space, the contemporary Italian menu, the events and, of course, the patrons.” Dacra CEO Craig Robins agrees, saying "We are hopeful that one of my favorite cafes in the neighborhood, Maitardi, will return after our planned expansion. They are part of the soul of the neighborhood and Graziano is one of the best operators in Miami." Return they may, but that location was priceless. Stay tuned, but don't hold your breath. [EaterWire]