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CARMEN THE RESTAURANT IN CORAL GABLES HAS CLOSED
Carmen the Restaurant, the celebrated Puerto Rican-inspired eatery of Chef Carmen Gonzalez has closed due to a fire that broke out in the David Williams Hotel, Friday, August 11. The restaurant will remain closed until the damage can be assessed. 700 Biltmore Way in Coral Gables. Questions and inquiries can be sent directly to Chef Carmen Gonzalez at chefcarmen@carmentherestaurant.com










ARIA RESTAURANT OPENS AT ACQUALINA IN NORTH MIAMI BEACH

The Rosewood Resort Acqualina has opened its second restaurant, Aaria – the first being Il Mulino New York. Off the oceanfront lobby with floor-to-ceiling picture-windows the 88-seat indoor and 50-seat outdoor restaurant with a 20-foot full bar offering cocktails, tapas and Jazz starting a 8 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday with Jazz singer Nicole Henry and Friends. Executive Chef Ted Peters’ eclectic-global cuisine is served at lunch with a variety of soups, salads, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, wraps and hamburgers, as well as entrees such as braised lamb shank pizza with black truffle pesto; open faced crab cake sandwich on jalapeno brioche and grilled coriander spiced mahi-mahi with truffle vinaigrette. (A three-course Ladies Who Lunch prix-fixe menu is available at $26 per person, plus tax and gratuity). Dinner offers a wide array of options including a light tapas menu with dishes from both land and sea or a full dinner menu of contemporary tropical cuisine with dishes such as yellow tomato gazpacho with grilled prawns ($11); jerk marinated sea scallops on a sugarcane skewer with grilled baby conch mariscada; coriander dusted Ahi tuna with a watermelon martini; grilled Thai barbeque chicken wings with roasted garlic and blue cheese emulsion; Hawaiian Red Sea salt-crusted foie gras with a duck confit spring roll and cardamom-scented French toast ($14); Fish du Jour three-ways with grilled tropical fruit relish, blackened with butter lime sauce or root chip crusted with smoky onion remoulade ($26) and the signature Mongolian Niman ranch baby back ribs ($32). Aaria at Acqualina is open daily for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 11p.m. The Bar seats 12 and is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m. Valet is complimentary when dining for breakfast or lunch. 17875 Collins Avenue, North Miami Beach

SANTO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE OPENS ON LINCOLN ROAD IN SOUTH BEACH
Santo, a restaurant, lounge and performance lounge has opened in a 25-foot ceilinged landmark bank building. Dramatically re-decorated with five-foot tall cylindrical ceiling lamps and a 15-foot Hindu painting the 100-seat indoor and 50-seat outdoor restaurant is separated from the lounge with velvet curtains while the back performance lounge is a room of its own. Santo aims at attracting the trend-setting crowds for pre-dinner cocktail, romantic dinners, lively libations and late night revelry. The consulting chef, Andrew Rothschild, formally of The Forge and Tsunami, has worked on a contemporary American menu with infusions of Latin and Asian spices and textures. Signature items include Mussels Poached in Coconut with fire roasted poblanos, sake, cilantro, lemon grass, tomato and ginger; Black Cod Miso Yaki with bacalao frito, garlic spinach and carrot ginger puree; and Tequila-cured New York Strip Steak with chocolate spice soy reduction. Santo Restaurant and Lounge is open for dinner seven days a week from 6 pm – 12 am, and the performance lounge is open Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 pm – 5 am. 430 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. 305.532.2882

ROSA MEXICANO OPENS IN WEST PALM BEACH GARDENS
Rosa Mexicano -- Spanish for Mexican pink, in Palm Beach Gardens, operated by partners Doug Griebel, Dan Hickey and Howard Greenstone, is the first South Florida venture for the renowned design firm of Mancini Duffy of New York Guggenheim Museum, Time Warner Building and University of Hong Kong’s Osaka World Trade Center fame. The 230-seat, 7900 square-feet restaurant which blends modern with Mexican elements is guided by Mexican culinary director Roberto Santibañez. A leader in contemporary Mexican cuisine, Santibanez has received scores of accolades from Bon Appétit magazine to NBC’s Today Show. The executive chef is Meaghan Young. The menu will combine traditional foods and distinctive flavors of Mexico, with more elegant dining with dishes like Guacamole en Molcajete, prepared to order tableside — a first in the United States — using a traditional lava-rock mortar, or molcajete; Mixiote de Borrego (lamb shank marinated in tequila and chiles and slow-cooked in parchment paper) and Cochinita Pibil (slow baked achiote-marinated pork served in a cast iron skillet). There is a tequila menu ranging from Frozen Pomegranate Margarita to Rosa Mexicano Blue Agave Tequila Flight. Rosa Mexicano is open for lunch and dinner from 11:30 to close from Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to close on Saturday and Sunday. 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue (Downtown at the Gardens) 561.625.3120


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