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Rosinella Italian Trattoria’s owners opening new ventures in Sunset Harbour

Neighborhood flourishing with new businesses

January 20, 2015 09:45AM
By Ina Cordle

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Sunset Juice Cafe, owned by the Rosinella family

At the edge of the Sunset Harbour neighborhood in Miami Beach, the owners of Rosinella Italian Trattoria are growing their empire.

Rosinella’s founders bought the 1920 Alton Road building three years ago for $3.5 million and have since invested another $1 million into renovations, with family member Tonino Doino handling the designs.

In mid-December, the members-only health club Anatomy at 1220 opened inside the 18,000 square-foot property. And on Jan. 3, the Rosinella family opened Sunset Juice Cafe, with a bakery, within the same building.

Now, Rosinella’s owners are planning to open a 3,000 square-foot Italian market next door to the cafe, to be called Rosinella Market. The market should be open in a few months, said Peter Salimonas, Rosinella’s general manager.

After that will come Roma Club Miami Lounge, named in honor of the Italian soccer team Roma.

“Its a place for soccer fans — especially fans of Roma — to congregate and get a drink,” Saliamonas said.

Yet another restaurant is in the works. Next to the lounge, Rosinella’s owners plan to launch an Italian restaurant Due Baci, which means two kisses. Saliamonas said that restaurant also will open in a few months.

The Rosinella family for years has operated namesake restaurants in the Brickell area, at 1040 Miami Avenue, and at 525 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

The hot Sunset Harbour neighborhood has been flourishing with new businesses. La Moderna, an Italian restaurant brought by the owners of Fratelli La Bufala, is opening soon, as are the Thai street-food restaurant NaiYaRa and jugofresh’s first vegan restaurant and market, all in the Sunset Harbour Shops.

“Sunset Harbour is on the verge of exploding,” said Scott Robins, president of Scott Robins Companies, which owns seven buildings in the neighborhood, including Sunset Harbour Shops, which he developed in a public/private partnership with Miami Beach. “It has already started.”

The neighborhood is also home to the condominium project Sunset Harbour Yacht Club, a Büro Group co-working space, popular restaurants Pubbelly and Burger & Beer Joint, Publix, Fresh Market, and a variety of fitness boutiques and other businesses.

Büro Group owner Michael Feinstein said, “I view Sunset Harbour as one of the most dynamic and creative blocks in the country, in terms of retail concepts.”

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