Celebrity chef — and host of No Passport Required, a new Eater-produced show on PBS — Marcus Samuelsson is bringing his talents to Miami later this year, according to SouthFlorida.com. He will be opening a yet-to-be-named Overtown restaurant housed inside a former pool hall.
For this new eatery, Samuelsson teamed up with Grove Bay Hospitality Group, the team behind places like Stubborn Seed with Top Chef Season 13 winner Jeremy Ford, Stiltsville Fish Bar with Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, and Glass & Vine with Giorgio Rapicavoli. It’ll be a comfort food-style restaurant, just like his popular New York City eatery, Red Rooster.
According to SouthFlorida.com, this new restaurant will hire from the Overtown community, offer internships, and feature artwork on the walls by local artists. It’s all part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment effort for the sometimes-overlooked part of the city, which has a rich history of music and was once known as a “Little Broadway” of the South.
Samuelsson has a history of entering neighborhoods at the beginning stages of gentrification. He opened Red Rooster in 2010 in the gentrifying New York City neighborhood of Harlem and recently opened Marcus B&P in downtown Newark, which is also in the early stages of revitalization.
No word on an official opening date. Stay tuned for more details.