The Weekly Dish: La Social to open in downtown Miami, Salt & Straw is going to Wynwood 25 & more

La Social’s original location at 7601 Biscayne Boulevard (Credit: Google Maps)
La Social’s original location at 7601 Biscayne Boulevard (Credit: Google Maps)

UPDATED, Oct. 16, 10:05 a.m.: 

Ooh Raw! Poke + Juice Bar | South Miami
Ooh Raw! Poke is expanding with a second location in South Miami. The poke and juice bar signed a lease for 2,000 square feet at 6030 South Dixie Highway. It’s expected to open in the spring of next year.

Felix Bendersky of F+B Hospitality Brokerage and Jeff Cohen of Brown Harris Stevens Miami represented the tenant, while Tony Arellano of Dwntwn Realty Advisors represented the landlord, a venture between Alex Karakhanian’s Lndmrk Development and Wynwood Retail Co.

Salty Donut is a tenant at the building, which was previously home to the former Fox’s Lounge before it was gut-renovated.

La Social | Downtown Miami
La Social is planning to open in downtown Miami. The restaurant, with its main location at 7601 Biscayne Boulevard in the MiMo District, is taking 1,200 square feet at 12 Northeast First Avenue. Felix Bendersky of F+ B Hospitality Brokerage represented La Social, which is expected to open in November. The restaurant signed a 10-year lease.

Sushisamba | Lincoln Road
After nearly 20 years, Sushisamba is closing its Lincoln Road location at the end of this year.

The restaurant opened at 600 Lincoln Road in 2001, and will close in December instead of renewing its lease, the Miami Herald reported. Skyrocketing rents along the popular street have forced restaurants to shut down or reopen elsewhere in Miami.

Salt & Straw | Wynwood, Coconut Grove
A Portland ice cream shop is making its way to Miami. Salt & Straw announced it’s opening two locations in the spring of next year: one in Wynwood and another in Coconut Grove. Tyler Malek, co-founder and head ice cream maker, will create a locally sourced menu in Miami and will feature rotating flavors from Panther Coffee, Wynwood Brewing and other concepts.

In Wynwood, Salt & Straw is opening in an 1,100-square-foot space at Wynwood 25. Other tenants at the Related Group and East End Capital development include Uchi Miami. In Coconut Grove, it’s taking 1,300 square feet at 3015 Grand Avenue, at CocoWalk.

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The Gramercy | Coral Gables
Restaurateur and nightclub owner Roman Jones is planning to open The Gramercy in Coral Gables. After taking over the former Tarpon Bend restaurant space on Miracle Mile, Jones will build out the 6,378-square-foot restaurant to feature exposed brick, oak floors and French tile, as well as an outdoor courtyard. CGI Merchant Group owns the building at 55 Miracle Mile. CBRE’s Danny Patxi and Paco Diaz brokered the 10-year lease.

 Aventura ParkSquare

Aventura ParkSquare

Aventura ParkSquare restaurants | Aventura
Aventura ParkSquare announced four new food and beverage tenants at the mixed-use development. Casa D’Angelo recently opened in a 5,600-square-foot space, and Delicious Raw took a 2,000-square-foot space.

Delicious Raw signed a 10-year lease, brokered by Robin Weiner of Koniver Stern Group. The plant-based concept launched in 2013 and has locations in Naples, Estero, Davie and Miami Beach. The Aventura ParkSquare location also seats 49, with reclaimed wood, pendant lighting and driftwood globes.

Bartaco and Graziano’s gourmet market also opened at the mixed-use project. Integra Investments led the development, which includes senior living, an Aloft Miami Aventura, wellness center, 50,000 square feet of retail space and office condos.

Michael Silverman and Andrew Rosenberg of the Comras Company represented Integra in the retail and restaurant leasing.

Balans | Brickell
Balans is redesigning its Brickell location. Saladino Design Studios is handling the design of the 2,500-square-foot, 141-seat restaurant at 901 South Miami Avenue in the Shops of Mary Brickell Village. It will be completed in early 2020. Balans closed its MiMo location last year.

Rivertail | Fort Lauderdale
Jose Mendin’s new seafood restaurant, Rivertail, is set to open this month in Fort Lauderdale. The Food Comma Group and Breakwater Hospitality will open Rivertail in the former Briny’s Irish Pub space at 315 South Andrews Avenue. Mendin’s restaurants include Pubbelly Sushi and La Placita Miami. Breakwater’s concepts include The Wharf Miami and The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, the latter of which is set to open soon.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Jose Mendin is with Breakwater Hospitality. He’s a partner in The Food Comma Group.