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White Asparagus Sformato from Chateau Miami
Photography by Regan Baroni/Official Press Photo

Miami’s 9 Most Anticipated Restaurants, Spring 2020

Plus, notable new outposts for some Miami staples

While spring feels more like summer here in sunny South Florida, our restaurant scene continues to heat up. With newcomers from well-known names like Marcus Samuelsson and Clay Conley, to re-opening of favorites like Red Fish Grill, there’s plenty to look forward to this spring.


Pizzas from Bonci
Bonci Pizza/Official Press Photo

Key Players: Gabriele Bonci

Address: 222 NW 24th Street, Wynwood

Italian pizzaiolo Gabriele Bonci — the man behind Rome’s wildly popular Pizzarium — is bringing his talents to the Magic City this spring in Miami’s uber hip Wynwood neighborhood. Bonci’s pizza made a name for itself by serving well-priced, pizza al taglio i.e. pizza that’s sliced by scissors and sold by weight. For the Miami outpost, Bonci plans to bring some of its most popular pizzas from a recipe bank of more than 1,500, but also plans to develop some Miami-inspired pizzas using flavors and ingredients traditionally found in the area.

Projected Opening: March 2020

Red Rooster Overtown

Key Players: Marcus Samuelsson, developers Michael Simkins, Derek Fleming, and Grove Bay Hospitality Group

Address: 920 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami

After seemingly years of waiting, Red Rooster’s Miami outpost is finally opening its doors in Overtown this spring. The famous Harlem eatery will take over the former “Clyde Killen’s Pool Hall” — a notable hot spot in 1960s — and serve up plenty of the famous dishes that made it a staple in New York City like like Hot Honey Yardbird and Obama’s Short Ribs, along with dishes that reflect South Florida’s Latin and Caribbean roots like ceviches, grilled local fish, and griot.

Projected Opening: April 2020

Note: Marcus Samuelsson is hosting a show created by Eater and PBS. This does not impact coverage on Eater Miami.

Mamey and Orno

Key Players: Niven Patel

Address: 1350 South Dixie Highway

Niven Patel’s latest two projects opening inside the soon-to-debut THesis Hotel located in Coral Gables. Mamey will be the first to debut, and will offer up an “island-minded” menu and drinks by the Bar Lab team. Later in the year, Orno will bring the area New American cuisine with plenty of produce from his two-acre farm Rancho Patel, alongside an extensive wine list and classic cocktails.

Projected Opening: Mamey debuts in April 2020; Orno in June 2020

Chateau Miami

Hand Cut Spaghetti, Maine lobster, uni butter, thai basil from Chateau Miami
Photography by Regan Baroni/Official Press Photo

Key Players: Clay Conley

Address: 1500 Brickell Avenue, Brickell

Chef Clay Conley of Palm Beach’s Buccan, makes his much anticipated return to Miami for the opening of Chateau Miami. Taking over the historic Chateau Petit Douy, it’ll feature his trademark “global” cuisine with dishes like “Carbonara” fonduta raviolini and “Medianoche” ham and gruyère pain perdu along with drinks by New York City’s award-winning bar Death & Co.

Projected Opening: Spring 2020

Joia Beach

Key Players: Chris Paciello and Mio Danilovic of Liquid Hospitality

Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami

This waterfront restaurant and beach club on Watson Island will offer a little bit of everything. From European-style food by chef Erhan Ozkaya, to beachside board games, yoga, fitness classes led by Anatomy trainers, live music, weekly DJ’s, day beds to lounge in the sun, and more.

Projected Opening: Spring 2020

Pastificio Propaganda

Address: 97 NW 25th Street, Wynwood

This 120-seat, indoor-outdoor restaurant, Sicilian eatery will feature a menu will boast a neighborhood vibe, cozy decor, and plenty of Italian cuisine.

Projected Opening: Spring 2020

The Gramercy

Key Players: Roman Jones

Address: 65 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Taking over the former Tarpon Bend location in Coral Gables, The Gramercy is an eatery and bar that give a nod to Jones’ ties to Manhattan. Chef Steve Rhee the menu of American classics like prime rib, lobster melts, table-side tossed Caesar salad, and baked Alaska, alongside a separate sushi bar. The spot will get a face lift with exposed brick, velvet banquettes, French tile, and oak floors, with different areas include a library lounge, pool table and the bar where happy hour will still reign supreme. Outside, the courtyard will feature a grassy park setting with outdoor seating.

Projected Opening: Spring 2020

Red Fish by Chef Adrianne

Key Players: Chef Adrianne Calvo

Address: 9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables

After closing down due to damage from Hurricane Irma more than two years ago, the space that house Red Fish Grill is back and with a new chef and owner: Adrianne Calvo. The only waterfront restaurant in Coral Gables, located inside historic Matheson Hammock Park, will feature a seafood menu that offers a “wake up” of old fish house classics.

Projected Opening: Late March 2020

Notable Expansions

Chick-Fil-A In Dedham, MA Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Some of the city’s favorite eateries are also expanding their footprint in South Florida this spring, including:

Caja Caliente (3301 Midtown Boulevard, Unit 107) who’s opening its second brick-and-mortar outpost in the Midtown Shops this May.

Chick-fil-a (600 NW 1st Avenue) is opening a much anticipated location in Downtown Miami inside the Virgin MiamiCentral, which marks the chicken sandwich chain’s largest outpost at under just 3,000-square-feet and its first location in the City of Miami.

Planta (3015 Grand Avenue) is bringing its vegan fare to the mainland with its second location Miami in Coconut Grove this spring.

Bulla Gastrobar (8870 SW 136 Street) will serve up its Spanish cuisine and plenty of its popular sangria when it opens in the Falls Shopping Center this April.

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila (21 West Las Olas Boulevard) is taking its tacos and late night festivities — yes that includes its famous “hidden” bar — up to Fort Lauderdale this spring.

Ms Cheezious (1401 Clare Avenue) is taking its famous creative grilled cheese sandwiches up to Palm Beach this April inside the Grandview Public Market.

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