Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi, the co-founders of Bar Lab and the duo behind The Broken Shaker, are bringing their bar talents to Downtown Miami with the debut of Margot Natural Wine & Aperitivo Bar this winter. Set to open in the Ingraham Building (21 SE 2nd Avenue), the bar will offer a “modern and fresh take” on the classic wine bar with a focus on natural wines and low ABV cocktails made with amaro, aperitifs and vermouths, along with a food menu focused on shared tapas, a daily raw bar and seasonal offerings.
“We fell in love with this approach to wine making years ago when we first visited the vineyards, and both or our restaurants — 27 and The Exchange in Los Angeles — have all-natural wine lists,” says Orta.
The space itself will be designed by Danya Hachey of MaD Artistic, who has been Bar Lab’s creative director since the original Broken Shaker pop-up. The space is inspired by the design of the late 60s, 70s and 80s, with plenty of color blocking and minimalistic furniture and millwork, light wood accents, and original artworks. The playlist will include contemporary and classic R&B, soul and funk from predominantly female artists.
Real estate investor and restaurateur Shai Ben-Ami is behind both projects, and will partner with Orta and Zvi on ownership and build-out of the concepts. The duo has also partnered with Sugarcane’s Timon Balloo to open Balloo: Modern Home Cooking, coming later this summer, and will also open a third concept in the winter of 2020, all located in the Ingraham Building.
This is just the latest new addition to the Downtown Miami’s growing bar scene, which was seemingly non-existent just a year ago. Since then popular watering holes like Lost Boy, Mama Tried, and Jaguar Sun have all opened up in the area, with more additions on the way. Stay tuned for updates.