The Weekly Dish is a TRD recurring feature that showcases the latest in South Florida’s restaurant openings, leases and sales.
Pincho Factory is on a roll: the fast-casual pincho and burger joint is opening its sixth location in Florida on Thursday, with a total of 50 planned for the end of 2018. The Wynwood Yard, an all-outdoor bar and restaurant space in Wynwood, remains closed throughout the weekend amid Zika concerns. And Spring Chicken, John Kunkel’s latest, now has an opening date: Aug. 25.
Pincho Factory | Pinecrest
Pincho Factory will open its sixth store in Florida next week in Pinecrest.
The 1,400-square-foot restaurant at 12519 South Dixie Highway opens on Thursday, Pincho Factory owners Nedal Ahmad and Otto Othman told The Real Deal. The franchisee, Sadiel Basulto, signed a 10-year lease with two five-year extensions for the space.
Pincho Factory, known for its burgers and pinchos, has 15 locations in the works for the next two years and its goal is to get to 50 by the end of 2018. “Our ambition doubles by the day,” Ahmad told TRD.
The Wynwood Yard | Wynwood
The Wynwood Yard, an outdoor bar and restaurant venue, temporarily closed its doors earlier this week after news of the Zika virus hitting Wynwood. The yard said on Facebook that it will be closed through the weekend. No other Wynwood businesses have closed due to Zika.
The venue, at 56, 64, and 70 Northwest 29th Street, includes the Myumi food truck, della test kitchen, outdoor cafe Mortar & Pistil, Japanese-Spanish fusion concept Kuenko and more.
David Lombardi of Lombardi Properties owns the land.
Spring Chicken and Lulu’s | Miami Beach
50 Eggs founder John Kunkel now has an opening date for Spring Chicken in South Beach. The fast casual fried chicken concept will open in the former spot of BTW and the original Lime, at 1439 Alton Road.
Kunkel has a 15-year master lease for the site, he told TRD earlier this week. Spring Chicken, which Kunkel calls “Shake Shack meets Chick-fil-A,” will occupy 1,000 square feet, and will share a courtyard with Lulu’s, a nitrogen ice cream shop.
It will be the second location for Lulu’s, which launched at 2001 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami in 2013. Luisa Santos, Lulu’s owner, said her 421-square-foot space will incorporate natural elements, like counters made of reclaimed wood, in line with her “cow-to-cone” theme. [more]
Red O Restaurant | Downtown Miami
Chef Rick Bayless’ Red O Restaurant will open a location at Met Square when it opens in 2018.
The restaurant chain, which has locations in California, signed a deal last month for the exclusive rights to a Mexican restaurant at the mixed-use tower, according to the Next Miami.
Bayless, a “Top Chef” from the popular Bravo reality show, is also known for his PBS series, “Mexico: One Plate at a Time.” [TNM]
Olla | Miami Beach
Coyo Taco chef and part owner Scott Linquist will be splitting his time come October. Linquist will open Olla in the former AltaMare space in South Beach.
He told the Miami New Times he’ll remain executive chef at Coyo Taco while he heads the kitchen at 1233 Lincoln Road. The restaurant has a 5 a.m. liquor license, and will serve multi-regional Mexican dishes, tequila and mezcal cocktails and local beer. [Miami New Times]
Ocio | Doral
Italian restaurant Ocio opened in Doral.
Ocio, at 3399 Northwest 72nd Avenue, serves lunch and dinner. Owner Carlos Pieschacon, also president of Cargo Zone, said in a release that he’s been based in Doral for nine years, but decided to open a restaurant.
A spokesperson could not immediately be reached for lease terms, and the restaurant declined to comment.