Miami gives green light to first bar in Little River

Bar called Apollo Motors will open in a former car repair shop

TRD MIAMI /
Jun.June 16, 2016 12:45 PM

The Miami Planning and Zoning Board approved a variance that will allow the first full-service bar to open within a warehouse sector that’s being transformed into a trendy arts district, during a meeting Wednesday evening.

Unless the vote is appealed by a nearby property owner, the planning board’s decision will enable Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix and their partners to open a craft cocktail lounge and bar called Apollo Motors within a former car repair shop at 7220 North Miami Avenue. Livigni and Moix have operated or started renowned restaurants and bars in Los Angeles such as the Chestnut Club, Black Market Liquor, Pour Vous, La Oescarga, Blue Cow Kitchen, and Plan Check, according to Apollo Motor’s application.

Their landlords are Avra Jain and Matthew Vander Werff. Jain is famous for renovating motel properties within the Miami Modern Biscayne Boulevard Historic District, including the Vagabond Hotel. Vander Werff is a former executive with the land acquisition company Fifteen Group.

Together, Jain and Vander Werff are aiming to transform a 20-block area located roughly between Northwest 71t Street, Northwest 75th Street, North Miami Avenue, and Northwest Second Avenue. Their goal is to turn a place once dominated by abandoned warehouses, rag shops, and storefront churches into “Little River // Miami.” Their tenants include Fountainhead artist studios, the mega-training gym Fast Twitch, Classic Motor Car Company, Barkhaus pet-boarding, and a studio for fashion designer Fabrice Tardieu, said Steve Wernick, Vander Werff’s attorney.

“We’re looking at something to attract people and bring this area back to life,” Wernick said. “It’s really a canvas and, in some ways, reminiscent of what Wynwood was five or 10 years ago.”

Besides Wernick, three people spoke in favor of the project, including Neil Hall, a local architect who also serves on the Urban Development Review Board. “I questioned the veracity of the idea,” Hall admitted. However, he’s now convinced that a stylish bar could help revitalize the block and attract other creative businesses into the neighborhood. “This is a wonderful project,” he said.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Rail 71, Tony Arellano and Devlin Marinoff

The pandemic killed the sale of Rail 71. It’s back on the market for $32M

The pandemic killed the sale of Rail 71. It’s back on the market for $32M
Avra Jain and Vagabond Hotel (Credit: Google Maps)

Miami-Dade judge tosses Avra Jain’s $15M lawsuit against former attorneys

Miami-Dade judge tosses Avra Jain’s $15M lawsuit against former attorneys
200 Northwest 79th Street and Todd Amsdell, president and CEO of Amsdell Companies (Credit: Google Maps)

Self-storage facility in Little River sells for $7M

Self-storage facility in Little River sells for $7M
(Credit: iStock)

Here’s how South Florida’s office market is changing in the coronavirus era

Here’s how South Florida’s office market is changing in the coronavirus era
From left: Avra Jain, Scott Sherman, Josh Migdal, Tony Arellano, Devlin Marinoff and Jason Kellogg

“A landlord waiving rent and not getting anything in return is just not a reality:” experts sound off on pandemic’s effect on South Florida’s retail market

“A landlord waiving rent and not getting anything in return is just not a reality:” experts sound off on pandemic’s effect on South Florida’s retail market
Illustration of Developer Bob Zangrillo and a rendering of the project

Bob Zangrillo is out at Avra Jain’s Miami River project

Bob Zangrillo is out at Avra Jain’s Miami River project
Rail 71, Tony Arellano and Devlin Marinoff

Morgan Reed Group lists Rail 71 development for $33M

Morgan Reed Group lists Rail 71 development for $33M
Daily Digest Miami

Construction worker killed in Hallandale electrocution, developer under contract for site near Fort Lauderdale Brightline

Construction worker killed in Hallandale electrocution, developer under contract for site near Fort Lauderdale Brightline
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...