Miami Beach Firestone on Alton Road to become 24-hour Al’s diner

Miami /
Aug.August 02, 2016 03:45 PM

Miami Beach residents could once again be filling up at the old Firestone service station on Alton Road – except instead of getting gas and new tires, they’ll be munching on gourmet treats.

The iconic building, which dominates the 1500 block of Alton Road, opened in 1939 and didn’t close as a garage until earlier this year. On Tuesday, the city’s design review board approved a series of variances that will allow for the facility to be converted into a mixed-use retail/restaurant development with outdoor café seating, a take-out window on 16th Street, and the installation of a “super graphic” on what is now a blank wall facing east.

The applicant, Crescent Heights affiliate ARRP Miami IV LLC, plans to fully restore the cantilevered porte-cochère and the Firestone roof sign that generations of Miami Beach residents have passed as they drove along Alton Road.

The adaptive reuse of the building calls for subdividing the structure into three separate spaces for commercial tenants, opening up the northern wall along 16th Street with large windows and adding a new one-story addition to the building. Auto pull-up areas will be converted into outdoor café seating with extensive trellising.

Plans by the architecture firm Norberto Rosenstein also call for a take-out window on the 16th Street side of the building that will serve diners a wide variety of food. Keith Menin of Menin Hospitality will run the new restaurant, which he previously told The Real Deal will be called Al’s, set to open early next year.

Menin, which is currently working on more than 15 projects, recently took over managing the Mondrian South Beach, a Morgans hotel on the west side of Miami Beach. The company also runs Bodega Taqueria & Tequila, at 1220 16th Street, which opened across the street from the Firestone building in 2015, offering late-night tacos in the front and a speakeasy in the back. Menin also plans to open Ricky’s, a bar next to Bodega with live music and arcade games, in September, but he told board members no alcohol will be served at the takeout window and the facility will be “a fun culinary touch to the community.”

Board members expressed some concerns about overcrowding on the sidewalk in front of the proposed take-out window and called for a 90-day progress report once the new restaurant is opened to assess whether or not any action might need to be taken to alleviate potential overcrowding.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Matthew Whitman Lazenby, Grant Cardone, Phil Collins, Orianne Bates, Russell Galbut, Natalie Brabner, Craig Studnicky and Masoud Shojaee (Lazenby by Sonya Revell; Getty, iStock)

South Florida’s juiciest real estate lawsuits of 2020

South Florida’s juiciest real estate lawsuits of 2020
Rendering of Byron Carlyle Cultural Center, with Matis Cohen, Jared Galbut and Keith Menin (Miami Beach City Commission)

Menin Hospitality’s Byron Carlyle Theater redevelopment vote shelved until February

Menin Hospitality’s Byron Carlyle Theater redevelopment vote shelved until February
Michael S. Liebowitz and Russell Galbut (Linkedin, iStock)

Oversubscribed: Russell Galbut and Michael Liebowitz’s SPAC raises $115M

Oversubscribed: Russell Galbut and Michael Liebowitz’s SPAC raises $115M
Michael S. Liebowitz and Russell Galbut (Linkedin)

Russell Galbut and partner launch blank check company, plan to raise $100M

Russell Galbut and partner launch blank check company, plan to raise $100M
Placeholder image

Miami board approves plans for Related, Crescent Heights towers and rejects Melo’s proposal

Miami board approves plans for Related, Crescent Heights towers and rejects Melo’s proposal
Jon Paul Perez and Russell Galbut with renderings of the projects

Related, Crescent Heights and Melo Group seek approval for Miami projects

Related, Crescent Heights and Melo Group seek approval for Miami projects
From left: Jorge Pérez, Stuart Miller, Craig Robins, Louise Sunshine, and Russell Galbut,(Credit: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Here are the South Florida real estate players who donated to candidates in 2020

Here are the South Florida real estate players who donated to candidates in 2020
Russell Galbut, Mondrian South Beach

Mondrian South Beach unit owners sue condo association and companies tied to Russell Galbut, alleging securities fraud

Mondrian South Beach unit owners sue condo association and companies tied to Russell Galbut, alleging securities fraud
arrow_forward_ios

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

Loading...