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The Weekly Dish: Proof Pizza & Pasta to close, Nathan’s Famous to open its first Miami location & more

South Beach restaurant Taquiza is opening in North Beach
By Katherine Kallergis | March 19, 2018 01:51PM

Proof Pizza & Pasta and Nathan’s Famous (Credit: Proof Miami and Nathan’s Famous)

Proof Pizza & Pasta | Midtown Miami

A Midtown favorite is closing after 3.5 years.

Proof Pizza & Pasta will close on Sunday, March 25, according to the restaurant’s Instagram account. Proof, at 3328 North Miami Avenue, moved to the roughly 1,700-square-foot corner space in October 2014.

Chef and owner Justin Flit told the Miami New Times that “at the end of the day, we were not profitable enough to keep the restaurant going long term.”

Property records show A McDermott LLC and J Gehret LLC, companies controlled by Andrew J. McDermott and John K. Gehret paid $2.3 million for the building in 2013.

Nathan’s Famous | Miami

Miami-Dade is getting its first Nathan’s Famous standalone restaurant.

The hot dog restaurant chain will open in a 2,500-square-foot space at 8946 Southwest 40th Street, according to its lender BGI Capital. Nathan’s also has a kiosk at Miami International Airport.

The building’s owner Jose Graibe closed on a $2.5 million loan for the property. Graibe will operate the Nathan’s Famous shop with his family. The space was previously occupied by a cigar shop.

Nathan’s Famous was founded in 1916 in Coney Island by Polish immigrants Nathan and Ida Handwerker. Since then, the company has turned into a public chain of fast food restaurants specializing in hot dogs, with a market cap of about $260 million.

Taquiza | North Beach

Taquiza is opening in North Miami.

The South Beach taqueria will open at the Broadmoor Miami Beach hotel at 7450 Ocean Terrace, according to Eater. Tequiza will open by the end of the month. The restaurant will serve liquor and is about four times the size of its original location at 1506 Collins Avenue.

It’s also going to open a location at the Citadel food hall in Little Haiti later this year.

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill | Miami Beach

Lime returned to its original location in South Beach.

Left Field Holdings LLC, a Miami-based franchisee with four other Lime restaurants, opened in the 800-square-foot space at 1439 Alton Road. John Kunkel, owner of 50 Eggs Restaurant Group, sold Lime to Ruby Tuesday Inc. in 2012 for $24 million.

He opened the original Lime in that location in 2004. It later became Spring Chicken, which has since closed.

Amanda Rabines contributed reporting.