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Miami Restaurant News

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Keep abreast of what's going on in the Miami restaurant scene here at GAYOT. Find out about new restaurant openings, special events and more.

NEW RESTAURANTS IN MIAMI

Chef Helene Henderson of Malibu Farm Restaurant & Bar in California will bring her casual American concept to Miami Beach at the Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc. Malibu Farm will serve breakfast and lunch and will boast views of the Atlantic Ocean. Malibu Farm, Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140, no phone.
 
Lilikoi Organic Living is a small, charming neighborhood joint in South of Fifth that emphasizes organic ingredients and clean eating. Frying is done using coconut oil. Meats are all hormone free and there are a bounty of vegetarian options. Juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads and mains comprise the healthy and hearty menu. Lilikoi Organic Living, 500 South Pointe Dr., Ste. 180, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-763-8692.
 
If foie gras and beef dim sum sounds like something of interest, then go to Tanuki, which opened its first U.S. location on Alton Road. Choose from nigiri, sashimi, maki, platters and boats, as well as a slew of wok items, Tanuki signatures (think uni rice crackers with eel and truffle) and expected entrées like miso marinated salmon or Peking duck. Tanuki, 1080 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-615-1055.
 
Employees Only has opened in Miami Beach The New York City speakeasy, Employees Only, has made its first foray outside the Big Apple with a Miami debut at the Washington Park Hotel. In addition to Miami, the beloved watering hole will be opening locations in Singapore and Austin, Texas. Employees Only is the signature restaurant and bar for the Washington Park Hotel, comprising four landmarked Art Deco hotels with 181 guest rooms. The Employees Only New York counterpart pours 183,000 cocktails per year, and dishes up impressive food from an exotic menu. Employees Only, Washington Park Hotel Complex, 1050 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 786-264-3945.
 

NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wynwood Beer Festival Returns August 26
Enjoy brews, live entertainment and more at Wynwood Beer Festival. Tickets start at $40 for general admission, which includes admission from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., a 5 oz. tasting mug and unlimited sampling of select beers. For more information, visit Eventbrite.
 

UPDATES ON MIAMI CHEFS

Cindy Hutson is a name synonymous with Miami flavors. Her restaurant on Miracle Mile, the aptly named Ortanique On the Mile, has been serving Caribbean-meets-Floridian fare (dubbed "Cuisine of the Sun") for more than 16 years. And now, she's bringing her notorious coffee and cocoa encrusted wild salmon and jerk chicken pasta to downtown with the opening of Zest. Located in the Southeast Financial Center in the heart of downtown, Zest is open for lunch and dinner daily, with an adjoining Zest Mrkt dishing out breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Think grab-n-go gourmet delights such as a shawarma of the week. As for Zest, the menu features Ortanique On the Mile favorites and new creations such as root beer braised heritage pork belly, crispy buttermilk oysters and grits, curried octopus, and lobster rundown doused in a scotch bonnet pepper coconut sauce. Zest, Southeast Financial Center, 200 South Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131, 305-374-9378.
 

MIAMI RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Cypress Tavern in Miami has closed Cypress Tavern, the cocktail bar and American grill from chef Michael Schwartz, has closed. Cypress Tavern, 3620 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137, no phone.
 
Matthew Sherman's health-conscious restaurant Paradigm Kitchen has shuttered. Paradigm Kitchen, 1834 Bay Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139, no phone.
 
French chef Laurent Tourondel shuttered his Ocean Drive mainstay BLT Steak, which opened in 2009, to make way for a fresh concept: LT Steak & Seafood. Like BLT Steak, LT Steak & Seafood showcases seafood as well as steaks. So what has changed? New dishes such as crunchy curried crab and grilled red snapper are on the menu, and there are ample and more inventive takes on sushi and ceviche. BLT Steak, The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-673-0044.
 



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