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The Most Anticipated Miami Restaurant Openings of Spring and Summer 2015

These are the places you should be looking forward to this spring and summer

Wynwood Diner
Wynwood Diner
Photo Courtesy of Eric Saltzman

While spring and summer are the times in South Florida when temperatures rise and things notoriously slow down, that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Plenty of new restaurants are on the horizon in the next few months and we've rounded up the ones that should be on everyone's radar.


MIAMI BEACH

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Location: 2395 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Key Players: Tom Colicchio

Projected Opening: Any day now

This seafood-focused restaurant from Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio is probably Miami's most buzzed about opening of the spring. The restaurant will be housed inside the new 1 Hotel and Homes and feature both indoor and outdoor dining, a raw bar and a cocktail bar.

RED GINGER

Location: 800 1st Street, Miami Beach, FL

Key Players: Former Top Chef Masters contestant, Herb Wilson and Menin Hospitality

Projected Opening: May

Housed next door to Radio Bar, the Southeast Asian concept from the Menin Hospitality group promises to have one of the largest selections of whiskeys and sakes in town.

Izzy's Fish & Oyster Bar

Location: 423 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Key Players: Tongue and Cheek's Jamie DeRosa

Projected Opening: Late April

An ode to coastal New England seafood – and his daughter Isabella – Jamie DeRosa's new 40-seater spot will serve up, you guessed it, plenty of oysters along with other signature dishes like clam chowder and clams at this seafood-centric restaurant.

Deck sixteen

Location: 1600 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Key Players: William Milan

Projected Opening: April

Located on the third floor the new Hyatt Centric South Beach, this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will offer up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily created by chef William Milan, formerly of Jose Andres' Bazaar.

Byblos

Location: 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Key Players: INK Entertainment

Projected Opening: Late April

Taking over the former Catch Miami space is Toronto import Byblos. The Eastern Mediterranean concept from INK Entertainment will serve plenty of shareable dishes and tea-based cocktails.

NaiYaRa

Location: 1854 Bay Road, Miami Beach

Key Players: Chef Bee

Projected Opening: April

Former Khong River chef Piyarat Arreeratn — aka Chef Bee — is back on South Beach, this time with his own concept. At NaiYaRa he'll be bringing contemporary Asian street fare to the popular neighborhood of Sunset Harbor.

soho bay

Location: 520 West Ave., Miami Beach

Key Players: Ricardo Sauri

Projected Opening: April

A contemporary Japanese spot by a Khong River House alum Ricardo Sauri, will serve up sushi and sashimi with a side of molecular cocktails.

talde

Location: 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Key Players: Dale Talde

Projected Opening: Summer

Another NYC transplant making its way to Miami is the popular Brooklyn eatery, Talde. The namesake restaurant of Top Chef alum Dale Talde it'll feature many of the same dishes that it's NYC counterpoint like dumplings and fried chicken.


WYNWOOD

Wynwood Diner/Photo Courtesy of Eric Saltzman

WYNWOOD DINER

Location: 2601 NW Second Ave., Miami

Projected Opening: April

Dubbed as "diner 2.0," this funky, hip take on a classic diner plans on serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily to the Wynwood set once it opens.

Alter

Location: 223 NW 23rd Street, Miami

Key Players: Brad Kilgore, blogger-turned-restaurateur Javier Ramirez and Leo Monterrey

Projected Opening: April

Former J&G Grill Executive Chef Brad Kilgore plans to bring his fine dining expertise to Wynwood, serving up seasonal eats in a relaxed setting.

beaker & Gray

Location: 2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Key Players: Ben Potts and Brian Nasajon

Projected Opening: Summer

Blackbird Ordinary and Broken Shaker bartender Ben Potts is bringing a proper cocktail bar to Wynwood. But drinks aren't the only thing on the menu, executive chef and Sushi Samba alum Brian Nasajon will be creating small shareable plates to go with the libations.


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PAULIE GEE'S

Location: 8001 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

Key Players: Paulie Gee

Projected Opening: Summer-ish

Popular Brooklyn pizzeria is, like many NYC restaurants, making its way down to Miami. Taking over a former Chinese restaurant space on Biscayne, it'll serve up many of the classic pies that made Paulie Gee's so popular along with dishes created with the Miami market in mind.

PHUC YEA

Location: 7100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

Key Players: Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold

Projected Opening: May

Miami's first pop up restaurant finally has a permanent location. Taking over the former Moonshine Asian space on Biscayne, it'll start up where the temporary restaurant left off serving up its most popular dishes like pork riblets and oodles of noodles.


DOWNTOWN MIAMI

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PB STATION

Location: 121 SE First St., Miami

Key Players: The Pubbelly Boys

Projected Opening: Summer

The Pubbelly Restaurant empire is finally making its way to mainland Miami with the opening of PB Station. Housed inside the soon-to-be open Langford Hotel, it'll serve up shareable plates that the Pubbelly guys have built their reputation on.

MODERN GARDEN

Location: 422 NW River Drive, Miami

Key Players: Carlos Miranda

Projected Opening: April

Adjacent to its sister restaurant Seaspice, Modern Garden is a smaller, more intimate space, which plans to serve up a menu of seafood crudos and meats cooked on 850-degree volcanic stones by chef Benjamin Goldman, formerly of Shikany.

Marion

Location: 111 First Avenue, Miami

Key Players:Robert McKinley

Projected Opening: Summer

A modern French "brasserie" that will combine both traditional French fare with more modern approaches equipped with plenty of outdoor seating, like any good brasserie should have.

El Tucan

Location: 111 First Avenue, Miami

Key Players: Marlow Rosado

Projected Opening: Summer

A "Latin-inspired cabaret," designed to be an intimate, theater like setting outfitted with crystal chandeliers, gold-framed mirrors and crushed velvet accents, will open up right next door to sister restaurant Marion.

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