Last week local developers Alex Mantecon and Guillermo Vadell broke ground on their latest project, a mixed-use building on the Miami River complete with (our favorite part) two restaurants. Other than housing two new eateries for the area, the East Coast Building will offer space for retail (first floor), offices (mezzanine), self-storage (2 and 8 floors) and events (9 floor). But back to the restaurants. Neither have a name or a concept as of yet, but Mantecon tells us one will be a rooftop restaurant located on the 9th floor, the other on the ground level. "What we're looking for is a restaurateur who's familiar with the local market, not a big chain or anything," says Mantacon, "the neat thing is that both of them can be tied together as well, somebody might be interested in doing both concepts or just have one concept that's extended across both levels, whatever the concept is, it could potentially span across both locations."
[Street View Courtesy of Alex Mantecon]
The owner, who notes that the rooftop eatery will have 7,000 square feet of outdoor terraces with unobstructed views of the Miami River on one side and the Downtown Miami skyline on the other (not too shabby, guys), as well as a 4,500 square foot interior, adds that "the site is just ideal for a restaurant. In our minds it's kind of screaming for it." Additionally, the rooftop eatery boasts floor-to-ceiling glass windows on the East and West sides and a private express elevator from the street front to the rooftop restaurant with no stops in between. The ground level spot is also pretty spacious with 2,000 square feet inside and another 2,000 outside. Both will have plenty of parking (whew). The team expects the building to be open around June of next year.
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