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Miami’s Most Anticipated Restaurants and Bars, Winter 2019

What to look forward to during Miami’s “winter”

Everyone knows that winter is more a state of mind than actual season here in sunny South Florida. As always, this is the season with the most marquee restaurant and bar openings and this year is no exception. From new restaurants from Miami culinary stars like Brad Kilgore, Michelle Bernstein and Antonio Bachour, to sprawling new food halls, and even a restaurant by mister 305 himself, Pitbull, here are the restaurants to look forward to this winter.

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Key Players: Jamie DeRosa, Hedy Goldsmith, John Kunkel

Address: 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables

Housed in the former Swine Southern Table & Bar space, DeRosa and Goldsmith will debut a new American style eatery that is described as “approachable” and will feature a “sophisticated playfulness” while the interiors of the space itself will focus on art. Also on board for the new project are Sam Ross of New York City’s Attaboy to oversee the bar program along with sommelier Daniel Toral.

Projected Opening: Early 2019


Key Players: Antonio Bachour, Javier Ramirez

Address: 2020 Salzedo, Coral Gables

One of Miami’s top pastry chefs Antonio Bachour will finally debut his namesake bakery, pastry shop, and full-service restaurant. The 5,000-square-foot eatery will boast a menu of breakfast, lunch, all-day weekend brunch plus a broad selection of Bachour’s signature — and very Instagram friendly — desserts.

Projected Opening: Early 2019

Central Fare

Key Players: MiamiCentral and the newly minted “Virgin Train USA” (previously Brightline station)

Address: 550 NW MiamiCentral AvenueMiami, Downtown Miami

The food hall planned for inside MiamiCentral — the home of the new Brightline’s Miami Station — will feature a variety of different vendors from groceries, quick grab-and-go food to more formal sit down options from places like The World Famous House of Mac, Rosetta Bakery, 800 Degrees, Kuenko and more.

Projected Opening: Early 2019

The Citadel

Key Players: Urban Atlantic Group

Address: 8300 NE 2nd Avenue, Little River

Looks like an opening is finally in sight for the Citadel, the Little River food hall that has been years in the making. The 60,000-square-foot space will feature counter service outposts from Miami favorites like Taquiza, Stanzione 87, and Antonio Bachour, along with a grab-and-go market and a co-working space.

When it’s opening: January/February 2019

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Cafe La Trova

Key Players: Julio Cabrera, Michelle Bernstein, David Martinez

Address: 971 SW Eighth Street, Little Havana

After 15 years of friendship and collaborations, bartender Julio Cabrera and James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein will debut a “beverage-focused” space featuring Cuban cuisine with a modern twist. The bar and café will pay homage to traditional “Cantinero” cocktail culture and will feature a variety of Cuban-style dishes, along with live music and an outdoor patio for guests to enjoy cigars and dominoes.

When it’s opening: December 2018


Key Players: Brad Kilgore

Address: 151 NE 41st St Unit 117, Miami, FL 33137

Brad Kilgore’s second food and beverage outpost, housed right under his recently opened Kaido, Ember will focus on classic and modern bistro fare, wood-fired dishes, steakhouse-style meats and sides. The restaurant will also boast a wine selection of more than 100 bottles and a full-service bar focusing on interpretations of classic bourbon and martinis as well as vintage liquors.

When it’s opening: February/March 2019

El Santo

Key Players: Roman Jones, Sia Hemmati and Joseph Souto

Address: 1620 SW 8th Street, Miami

A self-described “kitschy” church-inspired Mexican restaurant and late night spot featuring eclectic, religious Tarantino-inspired decor, plus live music, Mariachis and immersive ambiance. The menu features Mexican tapas, shared plates and an extensive tequila and mezcal menu. Next door, there will be housed a street-food stye taco shop named Santo, dedicated to one of lucha libre’s most famous luchadores and folk heroes.

Projected Opening: Around January 1, 2019

iLov305 Steakhouse & Nightlife

Key Players: Pitbull, Sugar Factory American Brasserie

Address: 1060 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Mister 305 himself, Pitbull, together with team behind Sugar Factory American Brasserie will unveil iLov305 Steakhouse and Nightlife with a “Havana-club aesthetic” featuring three VIP rooms, a private lounge and four bars featuring specialty cocktails, plus Latin-meets-American comfort food.

Projected Opening: January 2019

The Lincoln Eatery

Key Players: Terranova Corporation

Address: 723 N Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach

The Lincoln Eatery will bring together 16 counter service and grab-and-go restaurants serving everything from traditional deli fare to salad bowls to the Lincoln Road district.

When it’s opening: January 17, 2019

Pink Pie

Key Players: Michael McGowan, Paloma Machado-McGowan

Address: 170 NW 26th Street, Wynwood

South Florida-based pie shop, Pink Pie, will open its first brick-and-mortart shop offering both sweet and savory mini pies, “pies’cream sandwiches” and pie milkshakes with the available flavors of the day, plus an extensive coffee program.

Projected Opening: Early 2019


Key Players: Roman Jones, Aris Nanos and Mark Lehmkuhl

Address: 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach

An Asian restaurant and cocktail bar featuring high-end sushi and Asian fare prepared by Nobu alums served in a colorful, French-Indochine style dining room. Mandrake will feature an illuminated sushi bar and floral banquets, and a lively dinner scene. Upstairs, visit the cocktail bar for French-Asian inspired Crazy Horse-style cabaret shows and live music on select evenings.

Projected Opening: Around January 1, 2019

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Key Players: Diego De La Puente and Diego Herrera

Address: 1300 Brickell Bay Drive, Brickell

Nikkei restaurant Osaka — which boasts nine locations in South America — marks its North American debut with its Miami outpost, bringing to the city a menu that merges Japanese techniques with Peruvian flavors and ingredients.

Projected Opening: March 2019

Time Out Market Miami

Key Players: Didier Souillat, Time Out

Address: 1601 Drexel Avenue, South Beach

The incredibly popular Time Out Market is heading to South Florida with a food hall consisting of 17 different eateries for its first U.S. outpost. The market has tapped some of the area’s biggest culinary players like Norman Van Aken, Giorgio Rapicavoli, Jeremy Ford, Michael Beltran and Alberto Cabrera to open up inside its 17,500-square-foot space.

Projected Opening: February 2019

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