So, we are excited. We jogged by Lincoln Road today and talked with workers readying Shake Shack, who tell us opening day is Wednesday!
They’ve already started training staff, and the place is about ready to roll. If you haven’t heard about Shake Shack, it’s the hottest thing on the burger landscape in New York. Get ready!
Your BelleIsleBlog went looking for Memorial Day Weekend craziness Sunday, and we got next to nothing!
We spent the day at the beach north of Lincoln. Beautiful day, lots of sun, lots of fun, nothing out of the ordinary.
We walked Lincoln Road early evening. Some good-timers still wearing too little from the beach day. Lots of tatoos. But it seem like more Lincoln Road regulars stayed home than Memorial Day weekenders came to join the party.
There were plenty of empty outdoor tables from Sushi Samba to Van Dyke’s to Quattro and Segefredo, and it was a pretty night, the kind that makes you expect a good crowd. The stores were pretty much empty, too.
Now, down on the strip? On Ocean Drive and Collins? Another story, with a party going on, that was the land of see and be seen. But it sure didn’t trickle back west. The restaurants on Espanola Way seemed deserved, only two blocks from the hip hop scene in front of Jerry’s.
The city of Miami Beach took down the fences and opened the Lenox to Alton Road pedestrian stretch of Lincoln Road on Monday afternoon. It’s all part of the 1111 Lincoln Road project. It looks great and the city clearly is excited about it, based on this Miami Herald story….Can’t wait for Shake Shack to open!
The shopping, dining and people-watching on Lincoln Road gets a block closer Monday, when the newest pedestrian block — the area east of Alton Road between the Regal South Beach Theater and the still under-construction parking/retail complex adjacent to the old SunBank building — opens to all of us just a 10-minute stroll from Belle Isle.
At first, it will mean a broader walkway, better outdoor dining for restaurants like Doraku and Baile’s. In the spring or summer, when the parking/retail builing opens, it will add more stores and food, including the first Shake Shack outside of New York. That should really heat up the South Beach Burger Wars (Beer and Burger, 8 Ounce, Five Guys, etc….)
From the city’s press release for the opening event at 1 p.m. Monday:
The plaza features interactive public art by New York artist Dan Graham. A water garden with native trees and other features use Morris Lapidus’ legendary designs as inspirations. A new, multi-use structure on the north end adds 250 parking spaces and includes retail, residential and office space. Raymond Jungles, a Miami-based landscape architect, designed the public plaza and pedestrian promenade in collaboration with Swiss-based architectural firm of Herzog & de Meuron, the architect of the 1111 Lincoln Road project. Herzog & de Meuron are the designers of the Bird’s Nest Stadium for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the Miami Art Museum.