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Pubbelly team to open steakhouse in old Joe Allen spot

Many of us still miss Joe Allen in Sunset Harbour, even though it’s been almost two years and two unsuccessful restaurants (Morgans on the Beach and Georgia’s Union) since the place closed its doors.

Now, the team that created Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi and Barceloneta is getting the white house at 1787 Purdy Ave. prepped for a January opening as PB Steak.

Lesley Abravanel has a preview at Miami.com. Among the menu items: an extensive raw bar, steak tartar sliders, steak entrees from $19 to $60, and a veal porterhouse.

The bar will feature mixologist Ashley Danella, formerly of Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau.

Opening target is the second week of January.



Georgia’s Union gives neighborhood something different in Sunset Harbour

Interior of Georgia’s Union has not a trace of Joe Allen.

We waited more than a month before trying Georgia’s Union, the restaurant that replaced the restaurant that replaced neighborhood gem Joe Allen.

We still miss Joe Allen at 1787 Purdy Ave. Great service, good food, neighborhood atmosphere; we know many in the Belle Isle – Sunset Harbour – Venetian Islands area who made it a regular stop. It closed in May, 2011.

Two months later, Morgan’s opened in the space. Morgan’s in Miami was a big hit, and folks in our neighborhood hoped the Miami Beach edition would hit the same mark. It held promise, but over time, we found a cross between Morgan’s and Joe Allen, with no real identity, just a little less of everything — service, consistency, quality.

In May, the folks at Morgan’s closed up shop and retooled. It reopened as Georgia’s Union in June. The result is a new, Southern (and organic) menu, a redesigned interior and — we think, success!

It bills itself as an organic soul food kitchen. It has a great bar, with reasonable drink prices and some Southern specialties by the pitcher. The menu ranges from Cornish Hen to oxtail, with sides like black-eyed peas  and smoked tomato and okra stew. The buckwheat muffins wowed us.

Service was attentive and our waiter had great command of the menu — and possible options.

It’s closed on Mondays, and on Sunday, it’s brunch/lunch only, closing at 4. Tuesday-Thursday is 6 – midnight, Friday and Saturday nights it stays open til 1 a.m.

Sunrise on Sunset Harbour: Morgans opens, Fresh Market gets closer and more

The Morgans logo on Purdy Avenue.

There’s progress on Purdy!

Morgans on the Beach, 1787 Purdy Ave., opened quietly on Thursday night, and diners during the weekend gave rave reviews.

Joe Allen, the neighborhood staple, was always dark, with curtains covering the windows to the street and bay views across Maurice Gibb Memorial Park. But Morgans management let in the light, and it makes an amazing difference.

Progress at the Fresh Market, 1800 West Ave. (courtesy David Leeds)

A block away, the under-construction Fresh Market is taking shape toward a possible October opening. The market, 1800 West Ave., already has a manager, Ovidio Cuervo, named by Fresh Market in Greensboro, N.C.

And there is a Spanish restaurant nearing an opening in the old Picnic space at Bay Road and 20th Street. That space has hosted two failed ventures. Picnic was lousy, and Sea Rock was just too loud for dinner.

The new place looks great through the window. We’ll see.

Morgans to move into Joe Allen space

If you mourned the closing of Joe Allen’s across the bridge at 1787 Purdy Ave., here’s some great news:

The space will be taken by a new branch of Morgans, the Wynwood comfort food eatery. And New Times’ Short Order blog says the new Morgan’s eatery will be run by many of the staffers from Joe Allen.

If you haven’t tried Morgan’s, they have fantastic brunch, the best grilled cheese you ever ate, and FABULOUS cookies.

This is something to smile about.

The Miami Herald restaurant critic, Virginia Pesce Elliott confirmed this in her question and answer column.

Can it be? Joe Allen closed?

A Tuesday night stop at Joe Allen, 1787 Purdy Ave., revealed a locked door and a note saying it was closed.

So much for our best neighborhood comfort food. After 10 years. Very sad at Belle Isle Blog.

Updated: New Times has a good post on the closing.

Belle Isle dining news — a Picnic, a party, and changes at Joe Allen

Burger 'n Beer

There’s a lot more than Miami Spice happening at Belle Isle’s dining doorstep, with some events this week and some changes at our favorite haunts:

Picnic, which opened a few months back at 1400 20th St. across from Publix, circulated a flier to Belle Isle condos last week promising free nibbles and drinks from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday night (Aug. 12). The offer follows a harsh review in The Miami Herald, but you can drop in and make up your own minds. Feedback we’ve heard on the island is pretty tepid, though.

Burgers and Beer celebrated its first birthday Tuesday, with discounted drinks, music and a big ole party. The burger spot and sports bar is the first place to stick in the 1766 Bay Rd. location, succeeding a string of failed ventures that includes Ouzo and Mandiba.  The owners opened a Brickell location at 900 S. Miami Ave. last month.

— Our favorite neighborhood spot, Joe Allen, lost its executive chef and pastry chef. Paul Suriel and William Newcomb headed to Soyka’s on the Upper East Side in Miami, which is good news for them, but….We’re still loyal to our neighborhood haunt, and curious if anyone has detected any difference in the fare at the 1787 Purdy Ave.  restaurant. Hope not.

— The “For Lease” sign is back on the old Bartolome space at the corner of Purdy Avenue and 20th Street, where OM Garden had planned to open a new location. We hear negotiations for the space stalled. A shame. We really need a good vegetarian dining spot in the ‘hood. OM remains at its Brickell area location, 379 SW 15th Rd.

— The House Cafe at 9 Island Ave. is closed for summer vacation, reopening on Aug. 18. Reminds the Belle Isle Blog that we just have to review all the restaurants on the island (Costa Brava and The Standard house the rest). This ought to be a participatory experience, so weigh in!