Restaurant SooWoo, (means sharing in Korean)  is opening at 555 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Created by Seoul born Bok H. An, a 17 year veteran restaurateur, the restaurant will be sharing the best Korean and Japanese food in a newly crafted, stylish kitchen and bar.

“Chefs will brandish their knives at one of 12 teppanyaki tables to simply cut to the heart of the matter with the finest beef and the freshest seafood available. Making perfect rice is an art and we’ll pair it with the best fish available for our sushi. Our Korean dishes, if nothing else, are fun to say: Gochoo – pancake with pork pepper + scallion; Bul Go Gi – thinly sliced marinated rib eye steak; Bibimbop – assorted vegetables, egg fry and beef. After a few sips of sake it may slip off the tongue easier, but it doesn’t matter, you can just point with your chop sticks and we’ll order it for you,” according to principal  Chris Hudnall, a consultant and founder of Bar Culture,

SooWoo is located at 555 Washington Avenue, in Miami Beach and will be serving lunch, dinner, a late night noodle menu and Sunday brunch.

klimaThis isn't a  Woody Allen remake.  KLIMA Restaurant and Bar  is headed  to Miami Beach, brought by Pablo Fernández-Valdés and Yago Giner, former CEO and COO respectively of the renowned Grupo Tragaluz restaurant group in Barcelona, Spain. The culinary consultant , Albert Ventura,   currently owns Restaurant COURE, Wall 47 and the recently opened El Cercle restaurant in Barcelona.   

The partners are renovating the corner property (formerly Tosca) on Collins Avenue and 23rd Street into a casual 122-seat, 7,700 square-feet,  two levels – a ground floor restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor dining areas, a pergola, as well as a second floor members-only club –    Spanish restaurant concept inspired by their Barcelona roots.  Chef David ‘Rusti’ Rustarazo, from the group’s restaurant “Coure” in Barcelona, , has just arrived in Miami to join the management team.

Together with culinary consultant Albert Ventura, Chef Rustarazo has created a menu of contemporary and international fare inspired by the Mediterranean and Barcelona regions and prepared with local ingredients sourced from premium South Florida suppliers. “Our aim is to install a much-loved Spanish gastronomic ideology within this exciting city to perfectly complement its rich cultural diversity,” declared Mr, Fernández-Valdés.

KLIMA Restaurant and Bar is located at 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139, and is anticipated to open in November 2014.    www.klimamiami.com

Meat Market has opened its newest location in Palm Beach.   The 3,000-square-foot restaurant  with a high-energy bar scene offers a variety of settings   – from the lavish dining room and bustling bar to the chic, upscale lounge.

The innovative cocktails and standout culinary creations from Meat Market chef/co-owner Sean Brasel, offers the favorite Meat Market classics, a stylish Crudo Bar with raw bar items and signature Meat Market sauces as well as charcuterie and cheese selections.

Meat Market Palm Beach is open Sunday – Thursday from 4 p.m. – midnight; Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. Lunch to launch later this year.   191 Bradley Place. Telephone: (561) 354-9800; www.meatmarket.net.

As the result of a lawsuit mediated by Miami--‐Dade Circuit Court, Seasalt and Pepper's husband and wife team Carlos and Maryam Miranda have parted ways with designer Stephane Dupoux.

Carlos Miranda will continue as the owner and operator of the trendy  seafood brasserie Seasalt and Pepper and has announced expansion and opening of his next venture at Seasalt and Pepper, called Modern Garden a hot stone and crudo bar.

To be revealed during Art Basel 2014, the cuisine at Modern Garden will have crudos; a contemporary interpretation of exquisite raw fish and seafood flavored with olive oil, seasalt, citrus and fresh herbs. The hot stones feature a unique dining concept that involve searing prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood on a 850 degree volcanic stone slab right at your table. The space is adorned with two distinctive architecturally designed sculptures to be unveiled during Art Basel.

Seasalt and Pepper, located at 422 NW North River Drive in Miami, Florida, kitchen will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 am to 11:30 pm and until 10:00pm on Sundays. Telephone: 305.440.4200. For additional information, please visit www.seasaltandpepper.com.  

The new Prohibition restaurant and speakeasy with dark wood floors, rich orange leather banquettes, exposed brick and a sign announcing that the “good old days are back” harkens back to the good old  1920s and 1930s, an era known for its style, appeal, prosperity and wild youth.

The menu created by owner and restaurateur Shawn Shanazi offers an array of both small and large plates with favorites likeTruffle Pasta (Sachetti stuffed with ricotta and truffle in a parmesan fondue); Hamachi Crudo (Jalapeño, sea salt and light ponzu); Char- Grilled Octopus (with sautéed corn, celery, cherry tomatoes, and baby fondant potatoes in our signature caper and olive relish); Wagyu Skirt Steak (12oz Skirt Steak served with scallion green rice and Chimichurri sauce); Seared Scallops (served with truffle potato sauce, crispy corn, bacon and spinach) and among many others. The cocktail menu is a throwback to the classics, featuring quintessential libations including the ‘sidecar,’ ‘old fashioned’ and ‘mojito.’

The second floor is a cozy speakeasy (lounge) “THE EIGHTEENTH," named after the Eighteenth Amendment which established the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States by declaring the production, transport and sale of alcohol illegal.  The space is open for events, celebrations, music,  late night cocktails and after dinner drinks and dancing.

Prohibition Miami is open for dinner Monday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – midnight, 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and closed on Sundays.  3404 North Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33127, www.prohibitionmiami.com . (305) 431-9199

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