Tracking all the winter restaurant closures
Below is a round-up of the latest closures around town. Looking for more uplifting news? Here’s the catalog of all the recent restaurant openings.
BRICKELL — Marking the first closure of 2019 is longstanding watering hole, Fado Irish Bar (900 S Miami Avenue). A favorite amongst the soccer watching crowds — and known for throwing massive block parties for drinking-centric holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo — it was a mainstay in the Brickell area for close to a decade. The restaurant took to Facebook yesterday to say the below statement about its closure, alluding to the fact it was time to leave its neighborhood:
We had a great run in Brickell. To all of our wonderful staff, management and customers we had the pleasure of serving over the years, we say thank you.
It’s with a heavy heart that we close our doors but it’s time to move. Thank you so much for your past patronage and your loyalty, we will see you down the road.
The Fadó Team
No word it the restaurant and bar will make an appearance somewhere in the Magic City. Stay tuned for updates.
UPPER EAST SIDE — Over the weekend, Mina’s Mediterraneo quietly served its last meal, according to the Miami New Times. The owner, Yasmine Kotb, says her reasoning behind closing the successful restaurant was because she was spending every waking moment at the eatery. “It’s not like Mina’s isn’t successful. It’s just not me,” she told the New Times. Kotb owns the building that houses Mina’s, plans to lease the space to another restaurant and is already in talks with a few concepts.
CORAL GABLES — BrickTop’s, the upscale chain featuring American fare has permanently closed the doors of its Ponce De Leon location. Fans will have to travel north to the West Palm Beach location for favorites like the deviled eggs and millionaire’s bacon appetizer or salmon paillard with arugula, mango, orange and citrus sauce.
MIAMI — Jackson Hall, the health-centric food market located in the Jackson Memorial Hospital medical district announced their sudden closure October 2nd after six months in operation. Founder Della Heiman and restauranteur Ken Lyon, the names behind Wynwood Yard, did not specify the reason but relayed on Instagram that “while this is a deeply disappointing day, we remain fully committed to serving the greater Miami community through transformative programming, culinary, cultural and wellness experiences.”
CORAL GABLES — Swine Southern Table & Bar is wrapping up the pig party. As quoted on the restaurant’s Instagram account, “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.” John Kunkel, Founder & CEO of 50 Eggs, Inc., who also owns Miami Beach staple Yardbird, will be holding on to the location to “make way for something new.”
SOUTH BEACH — This morning, Taquiza announced on its Facebook page that it will be closing its South Beach location at 1506 Collins Avenue on Tuesday, July 31 due to a property dispute with its landlord. The hostel that the popular taqueria is housed in is closing too. In a statement the restaurant says it looks forward to “opening another South Beach location soon” and in the meantime its North Beach location at 7450 Ocean Terrace remains open with plans for locations outside of the beach also in the works.
BRICKELL — The OG high-end Mexican eatery, Rosa Mexicano, has said adios its Brickell location, according to Miami.com. Citing the lease in the space as coming to end and the brand deciding not renew as a reason. The South Beach location of the brand, however, is still up and running.
SOUTH MIAMI — French eatery George’s on Sunset had its final fete over the weekend and closed for good, according to the Miami Herald. The owner, Georges-Eric Farge, sold his stake in the restaurant to his partner, former University of Miami quarterback Craig Erickson, who will turn it into Gringo’s oyster bar later this summer. Reason for the shutter? Farge said he needed a break and wanted to spend more time with his family.
WYNWOOD — Reps confirmed to Eater Miami that Italian eatery Jack’s Wynwood outpost is closing up shop. Reason behind the shutter: In true Wynwood fashion, the landlord sold the building that was housing the restaurant. But those looking for their chicken Parmesan fix can still visit the Brickell outpost of Jack’s.
SOUTH MIAMI — Newcomer in the South Miami scene Shelley’s Oyster Bar shuttered up after just six months in business last month. The owners cited the reasoning behind the closure as not wanting to make the restaurant — which apparently was a pop-up — permanent. Instead they’ll be focusing on their upcoming project in Downtown Miami, Under Over Miami, that’s slated to debut shortly.
ALL OVER — Miami’s original cold-pressed juice company, Jugofresh, shocked the culinary world last night by announcing its sudden closure of all its stores in a late-night Instagram post. In the lengthy post, owner Matthew Sherman mentioned several reasons for the closure of the company, saying “a business must be tightly run and I made a lot of mistakes.” Citing the challenge of managing perishable products, a massive decrease in revenue in their original Sunset Harbour store, and difficulty maintaining a brand vision, it signed a deal with a large company — in Jugofresh’s case, Whole Foods — among other reasons as the reason for the stores closure, effective immediately.
MIDTOWN MIAMI — Midtown eatery — and Eater 38 member — Proof Miami announced today on Instagram that it would close its doors in about two weeks, on Sunday, March 25. On Instagram, it posted the below message:
All of us at PROOF would like to thank our loyal patrons for the support and business you have given us over the past 3.5 years. We feel that it is our responsibility to inform everyone that we will be closing our restaurant effective March 25, 2018. Our goal was always to deliver a high quality, house made product that was consistent and enjoyed by our guests daily. None of this would have been possible without our excellent staff both past and present, we sincerely thank them. We hope to see everyone over the next 2 weeks and please continue to follow @proofmiami for future endeavors. — Justin & the entire Proof team
Eater Miami has reached out to the team, but no word yet from as to reasons behind the shutter or what might take over the space. Stay tuned for more updates.
SOUTH BEACH — Tatel, the high-end Spanish import with investors that include Enrique Iglesias and Rafael Nadal, has temporarily shuttered, according to PR reps of the property. They cite the continuing damage to the hotel that houses the restaurant, the Ritz Carlton South Beach, which is closed until next winter. This week, the property began a new phase of construction, causing intermittent power outages at the restaurant and blocking one of Tatel’s necessary fire exits, prompting ownership to decide to close until the Ritz is back up and running. The rep promises the restaurant, however, will return.
SOUTH BEACH — Brooklyn import Talde Miami Beach has officially closed its doors inside the Confidante Hotel (4041 Collins Avenue). The much-buzzed-about restaurant debuted in South Florida in the fall of 2015, led by its chef and former Top Chef contestant Dale Talde, but officially “parted ways” with the hotel on January 1, according to a statement from its general manager, Keith Butz. The hotel plans to move in a “new culinary direction in 2018.” However, this isn’t the last South Florida will see of the Three Kings Restaurant Group — the team behind Talde — which plans to open Grandview Public Market in West Palm Beach in a few weeks.
DOWNTOWN MIAMI — Popular burger and beer spot 180 Degrees at DRB (501 NE 1st Avenue) is officially closing its doors after this weekend. According to the Miami New Times, the restaurant was given only 36 hours notice to close up shop as its landlord wanted to use the space for a leasing center in the Downtown area’s booming real estate market. But it plans to go out with a bang, offering an all-you-can-eat package for $25 and all-you-can-drink option for $25, or eat and drink “till you’re full” for $45, from now through Sunday brunch — but bring those dollars, as the deal is available cash only.
NORTH MIAMI — Mignonette’s (13951 Biscayne Blvd) Uptown outpost closed up shop last month. According to an email from its owner, Danny Serfer, “unfortunately, not enough people were coming to visit” the location, but “we are very proud of what we did there. The staff both front and back worked hard and put out great food and service.” The Edgewater location remains open.