Brickell Restaurant Roundup-New Openings

Brickell will see at least four new restaurants in the neighborhood within the coming months.

Taverna Opa shuttered its doors a few months ago on South Beach and has decided to move across Biscayne Bay and open its first restaurant on the mainland at Mary Brickell Village. For those of you that have never been to Taverna Opa you should give it a try. Be prepared to dance on tables and eat some tasty and reasonably priced greek tapas.

Also, coming to Mary Brickell Village is Brother Jimmy’s BBQ. This will be their first restaurant location in Florida. They currently have six locations in Manhattan and Brother Jimmy’s BBQ just recently opened new restaurants in San Juan and St. Maarten.

Toscana Divino will open on the ground floor of Mary Brickell Village on February 11th. Occupancy at Mary Brickell Village will hover near 100% with the addition of these three new restaurants.

Tikl Raw Bar and Grill is slated to open on the ground floor of 1450 Brickell sometime in March. According the Miami New Times the concept will be a “raw bar and grill, all small plates…based on the Japanese Izakaya pub concept.”

These are all encouraging signs for Brickell. Retail tends to lag behind housing, so as people continue to move into the urban core, we will continue to see a proliferation of new retailers coming into the area. Welcome to the barrio.

PM Buenos Aires Fish and Steak House; Architecturally Interesting, Food Not So Much

The Good:

The sides-We had the mushrooms, asparagus, and the cream spinach-all were excellent.

The deserts- Crème Brulet, Cheesecake and Chocolatismo.

The Bad:

The main courses were expensive ($40) and à la carte. Fish was somewhat bland.  The NY Strip was good, cooked to order, but it wasn’t a $40 piece of meat.

The Ugly:

Service was exceptionally slow.  From the start we had to ask for the menus and then we had to repeatedly beg for the check.

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Downtown Retail Update

La Provence bakery and cafe is set to open its third location in the central business district on Monday. Their new store is located near the Flagler and SE 3rd Avenue intersection-across the street from Tre.

Two weeks ago Hungry Hippos Subs opened at 40 NE First Avenue. The owner told me today that so far business has been pretty good-another very encouraging sign for the CBD.

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