CEO of the booming 50 Eggs Restaurant Group, restaurateur John Kunkel is going full throttle in 2013. He might have just opened Khong River House last month, have plans for a Yardbird expansion to New York, and the impending opening of Swine, but it doesn't stop there. In his interview with The Miami Herald, Kunkel tells of two other concepts to open later this year.
He shines light on the mystery space adjacent to Kunkel's first egg, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill on Alton Road (which is the only Lime he still operates since he sold the franchise to Ruby Tuesday last April). What used to be a small jewelry boutique will now be Lime's cozy neighbor, Kungfuzi, serving "a small menu of noodle dishes and Vietnamese-style sandwiches until 5 a.m." The second concept will be off the beach on Biscayne Boulevard's newly popular MiMo neighborhood at the Sunshine Motel on 74 Street. He's calling it Test Kitchen, set to be a "teaching center for underprivileged kids and a community test kitchen for local chefs as well as a venue for high-end private dinners by visiting culinary stars." Kunkel gives props to other restaurants in the area with cult followings like Blue Collar, The Federal, and Sakaya Kitchen. He says,
"Test Kitchen is a place where young chefs can come free of charge and spend the day working, meeting other chefs. The one thing Miami had lacked for a long time was a sense of community in the restaurant scene. We're finally seeing that sense of community. And I want to help grow that."As far as opening dates for these two, no word yet on when they'll be ready other than sometime later this year. Be on the look out for Swine in the coming weeks, though.