Spring Brothers Irish Pub, a Geneva, Switzerland-based eatery, will soon open its first outpost across the pond, in South Beach.
The restaurant has leased 4,500 square feet at 1248 Washington Avenue, Noah Fox, associate and general counsel for Koniver Stern Group told The Real Deal. Fox represented real estate investor Jonathan Fryd, who heads the partnership that owns the building.
Miami-Dade property records show both 1234 Washington Avenue and 1260 Washington Avenue are owned by 1234 Partners Ltd, in care of Fryd. Florida incorporation records also show that he signed documents as president of 1234 Partners Ltd.
Spring Brothers’ new site was formerly Waxy O’Connor’s, which closed about a year ago, Fox said.
Spring Brothers is owned by Christian and Fredric Spring, who opened their first pub in Geneva in 2000, according to the restaurant’s website. The site shows the new Miami Beach restaurant, but it is not clear when it will open. No menu is yet provided.
“They’ve been doing improvements and are in the final stage of build-out,” Fox told TRD. “Any day now it should be open.”
Washington Avenue is experiencing a new wave of redevelopment, amid the city’s approval of new measures that are designed to increase hotel space and retail and dining opportunities on the street, which lags far behind Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive in attracting first tier retail, dining and hotel venues.
In October, Jason Weisman of JAW Commercial and Chaim Cahane of Forte Capital Management paid $2.7 million for the 4,500-square-foot building at 1331 Washington Avenue. And a month earlier, Weisman purchased a 6,200-square-foot retail building at 1413 Washington Avenue for $4.55 million. Plans are to bring new retail and restaurant tenants to the sites, Weisman had told TRD.