And other Miami restaurant closings
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.
CORAL GABLES— Just a few months after its debut, Vagabond Sushi (7301 Biscayne Blvd) has closed. According to the restaurant’s rep in a statement to Eater Miami, “After four months of operation, Amir Ben Zion and his partners did not feel the restaurant was finding its base. They listened to their friends and the neighborhood, and realized a change was needed and indeed, is now coming.” They go on to add the restaurant will re-open as something new soon, with details being revealed in the next few weeks. The pool bar, however, remains under vagabond hotel management, and continues to be open Tuesday through Sunday with DJ’s on weekends and private events.
CORAL GABLES— After 15 years in Coral Gables, Tarpon Bend (65 Miracle Mile) announced over the weekend that it is closing for good on February 9. On Facebook its owner Wayne Cameron Eldred wrote in a post that, “Today we will departing from our long standing location on Miracle Mile. It has been a true honor to serve each of you and your loved ones for so many wonderful years.” Eldred cited rising rents as the reason behind the closure, as he said him and the landlord couldn’t figure out a rent rate that worked for both of them. But it might not completely be the end of the restaurant, which was known for its busy happy hours that gave two-for-one drinks in the form of redeemable poker chips, saying, “Save those happy hour chips! You never know when I may bring back of your favorite Hometown Restaurant, Bar & Grill.”
SOUTH BEACH— Temporary closings have turned into a permanent one at longstanding Haitian eatery, Tap Tap. According to The Miami Herald, the restaurant closed because owner Katherine Keane was facing “continuing health issues” and couldn’t operate the restaurant. Also, ongoing construction of the neighboring hotel left the restaurant without sewer lines and running water for an extended period of time. The 24-year-old colorful restaurant was one of the first Haitian eateries in South Florida and drew acclaim from locals and visitors alike.
DESIGN DISTRICT & AVENTURA — Just a year after its debut in South Florida, California based coffee outpost Blue Bottle Coffee is closing its two locations in Miami, in Aventura Mall (19501 Biscayne Blvd.) and the Miami Design District (800 NE First Avenue), according to the Miami New Times. The closures will take place at the end of March in order for the coffee company to put its focus on expanding its northeast and California markets.