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The Weekly Dish: Michelle Bernstein opening Little Havana restaurant later this month & more

Copper Blues signed a 6K sf lease at CityPlace Doral
By Katherine Kallergis | December 12, 2018 10:30AM

La Trova, Michelle Bernstein, and Carlos Fausto Miranda

Café La Trova | Little Havana

Chef and restaurateur Michelle Bernstein is back with a new restaurant, Café La Trova, a modern Cuban concept in Little Havana.

Bernstein and bartender and mixologist Julio Cabrera plan to open the new bar and restaurant at 971 Southwest Eighth Street later this month in a 5,000-square-foot space. Carlos Fausto Miranda of Fausto Commercial Realty brokered the deal, along with Daniel Egipciaco of Sovereign Real Estate Group who partially represented the tenant.

Asking rents for the property started at $30 per square foot with annual increments, Miranda said. Café La Trova signed a 10-year lease at the building, he said.

Bernstein closed her Cena by Michy, previously known as Michy’s, restaurant in MiMo in 2016.

Copper Blues | CityPlace Doral

Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen signed a lease at Related Group’s CityPlace Doral. The restaurant is taking 6,000 square feet at the mixed-use development at 8300 Northwest 36th Street.

The Phoenix, Arizona-based restaurant group signed a 10-year lease with a five-year option to extend, according to a spokesperson. The Doral location marks the fifth for Copper Blues, and it will feature a garden bar, two copper bars and a stage for live entertainment.

Apizza Brooklyn | Miami

Apizza Brooklyn recently opened in the former Mario the Baker space at 5755 Bird Road in Miami. The 3,033-square-foot restaurant seats 80 and features a pizza bar, wine bar and wine cellar. It was designed by KoDA, a Miami Beach architecture and design firm.

The pizzeria, led by Jason Prussing, also has a location in Pinecrest.

Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theater | CityPlace Doral

The Miami Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theater is opening on Friday at CityPlace Doral. It’s leasing 10,000 square feet with a center stage, lounge and table seating for more than 400.

Maska | Midtown Miami

The Indian restaurant opening in the former Brasserie Azur space at the Shops at Midtown Miami has a new name: Maska. Rickshaw Hospitality Group and Michelin starred-chef Hermant Mathur are opening the 7,000-square-foot restaurant in January, according to a release.

Delicious Raw | Miami Beach

Juice bar Delicious Raw opened its sixth location and first in Miami, at Sunset Harbour in Miami Beach. The 1,500-square-foot restaurant includes a 600-square-foot outdoor patio at 1828 Bay Road. Delicious Raw serves superfood bowls, vegetable juices, smoothies and wellness shots.

In July, developer Scott Robins and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine sold a retail portfolio in Sunset Harbour for $68.75 million to real estate investment firm Asana Partners, but that deal did not include the Delicious Raw property.