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The Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Miami, Winter 2016

Where you'll want to eat this winter

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While it's freezing around the rest country — it's a perfect 75 degrees and sunny here in good ol' Florida, meaning it is prime restaurant opening time. Here are the openings worth tracking, listed in alphabetical order.

Able & Baker

WHO:Tatanka Guerrero, Luiz Fleury, John McCarthy, Ryan Tate

WHAT: Part bar, part eatery, it'll feature drinks by the co-creator of Radio Bar along with bites "inspired by traditional Japanese kaiseki tasting menus" in an industrial setting.

WHERE: 920 Alton Road

PROJECTED OPENING: Early February 2016

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Bachour Bakery & Bistro

WHO: Antonio Bachour and Henry Hané
WHAT: A 40-seat "progressive" bakery and bistro concept from the popular pastry chef Antonio Bachour. It'll a variety of breakfast and lunch items, along with Bachour's signature pastries.
WHERE: 600 Brickell Avenue

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Caviar Russe

WHO: David Valencia
WHAT: The restaurant portion of the caviar shop that opened in May of 2015 will feature a raw bar and crudo inspired menu with a collaboration of signature dishes from the original Madison Avenue outpost as well as new creations inspired by South Florida.
WHERE: 1441 Brickell Avenue / The Four Seasons Towers (Ground Lobby)
PROJECTED OPENING: First week of February

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Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

WHO: Hirofumi Leung, Ray Leung
WHAT: With two existing Florida locations, the izakaya inspired Dragonfly will feature modern-day interpretations of Japanese mom-and-pop tavern cuisine with a spotlight on an artisan fish market.
WHERE: 5241 NW 87 Avenue

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Glass & Vine

WHO: Giorgio Rapicavoli and Grove Bay Hospitality Group’s Ignacio Garcia-Menocal and Francesco Balli
WHAT: Helmed by Eating House Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, Glass & Vine will be a garden-inspired spot in the old Coconut Grove Library space right in the middle of Peacock Park. The menu will be divided into three different sections — Garden, Sea and Land — filled with plenty of local produce, some even coming from the restaurant’s own garden. Plus Glass & Vine will feature something Eating House doesn’t have: a full bar.
WHERE: 2820 McFarlane Road

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I Heart Mac & Cheese

WHO: Michael Blum
WHAT: This fast casual concept specializes in one-of-a-kind, customizable macaroni and cheese, will featuring chef and owner’s Michael Blume’s award-winning recipe.
WHERE: 1489 SE 17 Street Ft. Lauderdale

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Manna Life Food

WHO: Sabra Seligman
WHAT: A plant based café in Downtown Miami, it will feature a variety of organic, non-processed, refined sugar free, gluten free and vegan options — that it promises to be "tasty."
WHERE: 80 NE 2nd Avenue

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Paulie Gee's

WHO: Jason Weisberg, Paulie Gee
WHAT: This 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.
WHERE: 8001 Biscayne Blvd
PROJECTED OPENING: First week of March

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PB Station

WHO: Jose Mendin, Andreas Schreiner and Sergio Navarro aka the Pubbelly Boys
WHAT: 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.
WHERE: 121 SE First St.

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Phuc Yeah

Phuc Yea! Logo

WHO: Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold
WHAT: 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.
WHERE: 7100 Biscayne Blvd

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Pincho Factory Hialeah and Pembroke Pines

Pincho factory interior

WHO: Nedal Ahmad, Otto Othman and Nizar Ahmad
WHAT: This Miami-based fast casual concept, centered around an eclectic menu of burgers and kebabs, will open its much anticipated Hialeah spot this winter after many delays along with a location outside the 305 in Pembroke Pines.
WHERE: 4950 West 12th Avenue; Pines - 155 North Hiatus Road
PROJECTED OPENING: Hialeah will open on Thursday, February, 11th, 2016 and Pines on Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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Sarsaparilla Club

WHO: Jeff McInnis, Janine Booth
WHAT: Taking over the former Morimoto space inside The Shelborne Wyndham Grand, The Sarsapilla Club plans to be a modern American dim sum restaurant with tableside service in two formats—using dim sum carts and an la carte menu.
WHERE: 1801 Collins Ave

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The Spillover

WHO: Matt Kuscher
WHAT: From burger aficionado Matt Kuscher, the man behind neighboring LoKal and Kush, comes what he describes as "seafood version of Lokal," with a menu filled with local seafood, wine, ciders, and meat. Like his other Coconut Grove spot there will also be plenty of outdoor, pet-friendly seating.
WHERE: 2911 Grand Avenue, Suite 400  

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Spring Chicken

WHO: 50 Eggs, John Kunkel
WHAT: The team behind Yardbird Southern and Swine are launching a fast-casual fried chicken concept based on the recipes that shot them to fame in Miami. The concept, based on the Lewellyn's Fine Fried Chicken and Mama's Biscuits, will serve chicken, biscuits and sides inspired by Kunkel's grandmother's original recipes.
WHERE: 1514 South Dixie Highway

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Zest and Zest MRKT

WHO: Cindy Hutson, Delius Shirley, Mike Fischetti, Ashley Hutson
WHAT: A two-pronged project from Caribbean cuisine master, Cindy Hutson, will feature both a fine dining and fast-casual option. Zest will be a fine dining, 3,500-square-foot restaurant space that will feature a centralized, open concept kitchen, as well as al fresco dining for up to 75 people. Zest MRKT plans on offering healthy "grab and go" choices for breakfast and lunch like egg sandwiches, soups, salads, fresh juices and coffee.
WHERE: 200 South Biscayne Blvd. PROJECTED OPENING: First week of February 2016

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