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Two new restaurants coming to Sunset Harbour

La Moderna is opening soon

La Moderna is opening soon

NaiYaRa will be an Asian street food concept restaurant.

NaiYaRa will be an Asian street food concept restaurant.

Belle Isle neighbor David Leeds wanted an update on the two largest remaining spaces in the Sunset Harbour Shoppes, which will be filled in the next couple of months with restaurants.

The first is La Moderna, and Wendy Chernin of the Scott Robins Companies tells us it’s expected to open by the end of June along the breezeway facing east behind Panther Coffee. It’s a sibling of Fratelli la Bufala at 437 Washington Ave.

The  second space is behind Ice Box, and Chernin says it will be called NaiYaRa, an Asian street food concept from chef Piyarat Arreeratn, aka Chef Bee, of Oishi Thai in North Miami, and formerly of Khong River House in Miami Beach.

That space is supposed to open at the end of the summer. As always, this being Miami Beach, timetables can slip.

New restaurant opens in Costa Brava, and Belle Isle residents get a break

We have a new restaurant on Belle Isle.

It’s in the Costa Brava condominium, 11 Island Ave., and it’s open to the public.

It’s open Tuesday through Sunday to eat in and take out, and features a Bistro-style menu. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner is 6-10 p.m. It offers Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For lunch there are salads, crepes, Panini sandwiches, tacos  as well as pasta, fish and meat dishes in the $6-$10 range. Dinners run $12-$28. Take a look at the menu.

Costa Brava community association manager Maria Mijares says it is run by Thierry Bossa, a French chef who previously owned La Cigale restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard.

Mijares says Belle Isle residents will get a 10 percent discount if they mention they learned about the restaurant in the Belle Isle Blog. (we are blushing in Blogland).

There are two other dining options on Belle Isle: the fine waterfront restaurant at the Standard, and the House Cafe at 9 Island Avenue (open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. for dinner). The House Cafe is open for dining to 9 Island residents, and delivers throughout Belle Isle.


Panther Coffee, Ice Box, Emack & Bolio among signed tenants at new Sunset Harbour garage

Rendering of the Shops at Sunset Harbour.

If you’ve driven down Purdy lately, you’ve noticed that the Sunset Harbour parking garage and shops look nearly finished. The city of Miami Beach says the garage could open within the next week or two.

What you can’t see is the list of retail tenants. Til now.

Floor plan with tenants at Shops at Sunset Harbour.

So far, they include Ice Box Cafe (trying to find out if it is a new location or a move from off Lincoln Road), Panther Coffee (a great spot in Midtown),  Emack and Boilio’s (a New England-based high-end ice cream shop), Tequitzlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Fratelli In Toufala, True Loaf Bakery, Frankie Boutique, Sunset Clothing Co and Thread Count.

In filling the remaining spaces,  “we will continue to cherry-pick each tenant, so that the area continues to develop as an authentic, interesting, trendy, mix of boutiques, shops and restaurants for locals to live, play, shop and dine,” said Melissa Dunn, the broker with Scott Robins Companies.

Ice Box has been a fixture on Michigan Avenue off Lincoln Road for nearly a decade, and opened a branch at Miami International Airport last year.

Emack & Bolio’s started in Boston in 1975 and now has stores in four states, with three locations in Florida — on Vanderbilt Beach near Naples, at Hawks Cay Resort in the Keys, and at Hard Rock in Orlando.

The multi-level garage has 450 parking spaces and 30,000 square feet of retail on the sidewalk level. The garage should have a temporary certificate of occupancy in the next week or so, accounting to city spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez.

Work on the retail spaces has began on an individual tenant basis, Dunn says.

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.

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!

Walk to Miami Spice deals from Belle Isle

Miami Spice kicks off this weekend, and your Belle Isle Blog wanted you to know the dining deals within a walk from your island.

This year, the dining event organized by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau pegs prices at $22 for lunch and $35 for dinner for three-course meals during August and September.

The South Beach list is a good one, and includes the Lido at The Standard and Sardinia as the two closest places to home. There are some omissions — like nearby Altamare — but what can you do?

Here’s who’s in as of today, listed in order of walking distance from your Belle Isle door:

Lido at the Standard, every night, dinners only.

Sardinia Enoteca, all days for lunch, Sunday-Thursday for dinner.

Baire’s Grill on Lincoln Road, Sunday-Thursday only, lunch and dinner.

Quattro on Lincoln Road, Monday-Friday only for lunch, Sunday-Thursday only for dinner.

Meat Market on Lincoln Road, Sunday-Thursday, dinner only.

Sushi Samba Dromo on Lincoln Road, Sunday-Thursday, dinner only.

Yuca on Lincoln Road, all nights, dinner only.

If you make your way to the east end of Lincoln Road and the Collins Avenue hotels, you can choose from Bistro One at the Ritz Carlton, the Blue Door at the Delano, or Bond Street, or The Restaurant at the Setai, or Mr. Chow at the W, or Emeril’s at The Lowes, or The Raleigh. And OLA is on the list, as are a bunch of places on Ocean Drive and north of Dade Boulevard on Collins. You have Asia de Cuba at the Mondrian on West, and the Forge on 41st St., and all of the Fontainebleau restaurants.

Here’s the complete list for Miami Beach and the mainland.

Shake Shack to open Wednesday

With all the concern over flooding and traffic and building management changes, Belle Isle Blog knows a nothing is more important than food, right?

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!

First opened in the Village in New York, the Shake Shack on Lincoln Road opens this week.

A look inside Shake Shack

New Forge worth a drive — and the wait

Your BelleIsleBlog ventured a little far from home base to test the goodies at The Forge on 41st Street, and, WOW!

The renovation cost $10 million and at a year dragged on a little longer than planned (and there is still scaffolding outside the place at 432 41st. St.), but the wait was worth it.

Chef Dewey

The place is beautiful, the menu varied and inventive, and the food is spectacular. The wines — can’t say too much about the selection. And price-wise (remember, this is a neighborhood restaurant), it won’t set you back any more than Sardinia or Joe Allen.

The Herald raved about it, and so did The New Times.

Chef Dewey LoSasso rocks. You have to check it out.