Burger King Worldwide is looking to move its corporate headquarters and considering downtown Miami's Omni Center as a possible landing spot. Sources told the Business Journal that the company is considering several neighborhoods in Miami-Dade that could handle its parking requirements and possibly allow for a brand new building. Its current location in the Blue Lagoon area near Miami International Airport is too big, so the company is looking to downsize. The company has more than 200,000 square feet leased and is the lone tenant at 5505 Blue Lagoon Drive. Burger King (NYSE: BKW) still has five years on its lease. Apparently, the current owner is not interested in letting Burger King give up more than 50,000 square feet of space, so it has instead chosen to relocate, according to sources who asked not be identified. In the end, BK plans to stay in Miami-Dade, said one source who asked not to be identified. An email response from a BK spokesman did not deny the possible relocation. "The Burger King Corporation has a long term lease in the Blue Lagoon area and has no current plans to move its headquarters," according to a statement. It is likely that BK officials…
POMPANO BEACH, FL (August 23, 2013) – Former Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl will be inducted as the 26th member of the Dolphin Honor Roll on Thurs., Oct. 31, during halftime of the Dolphins home game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The induction ceremony comes just days before this year's "John Offerdahl's Broward Health® Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Tailgate Festival" on Sat., Nov. 9 at Pompano Beach Amphitheater. "No one epitomizes what it means to be a Dolphin more than John Offerdahl," stated Dolphins Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen Ross. "He wasn't the biggest or the fastest player on the field, but he was the best. He was tenacious, tough, intelligent and a leader. Those same traits made him a success in the business and community service arenas as well, and he continues to be a very visible and admired representative of the team in the South Florida community. I want to welcome him as the newest member of the Dolphins' Honor Roll." The first player chosen by the Dolphins in the 1986 NFL Draft, Offerdahl was selected in the second-round, 52nd overall, out of Western Michigan University. He played in 89 games during his eight-year NFL career, 86…
15 Aug 2013
Your shower. It's seen some pretty... impressive performances. Like that one time with Journey as your backup. Yeah, good stuff. Well, time to take the show on the road. And in front of a larger audience. Grab a mic at the Open Stage Club, a new hall for plates of lamb chops and whiskey-fueled live acts... starring you, now open in Coral Gables. This is where you'll go when you want to belt out some tunes, tell jokes or... watch someone else do those things while you enjoy some ribeye with a side of risotto. Because aside from the whole performing thing, they do dinner here, too. So you'll want to claim the massive red leather banquette near the stage and order some lamb chops along with a couple of Rusty Stage Nails (Dewar's 12 and Drambuie). You know, to get the ol' vocal cords greased up. But first things first: before you go, register your act here. And when the time comes, take the stage. You can bring your own backup band and instruments or use theirs. Then, it's showtime. You'll sing. Pull a rabbit out of your flask. Twerk like... okay, no. Don't do that. Oh, and if…
Inside Blocks Pizza Deli, managing partner Richard Collins chatters in Italian with Eugenio Vittoni, a fair-haired, slim European gentleman imported straight from Verona. And while the restaurant's concept is as Italian as most of the employees -- selling pizza by the slice and offering a take-and-bake option -- none of the ingredients come from the mother country. Instead, the pizzeria has opted to use only the freshest local products. While pizza chef Vittoni tends to the dough in the kitchen, Collins tell me there isn't even a freezer back there. "A lot of other pizzerias use frozen products. Ours are all-natural. We're only using fresh products," says Collins, the only American partner. "We freeze nothing here. We don't use preservatives, so if it's not consumed within the 24 hours, it gets thrown out." But when I ask about sourcing, I learn that there's more to the story. "Eugenio will go to the farmers market and buy ingredients. He can tell you all about that. He'd come talk to you now, but if he leaves the batch of dough now, we'll have to throw it all away," Collins explains. As great as it is that the sliced portobello mushrooms, organic leeks,…
Late on Wednesday evening, the Miami Beach commission took a leap of faith that South Beach ACE's costlier and more ambitious $1.2 billion renovation plan for the convention center and its district would help draw more people and money to the city for several decades. The vote was 5-2 in favor of South Beach ACE's proposal including a complete renovation of the existing convention center to be topped with an 800-room hotel. Additionally, the project scope would include the demolition and rebuild of the 17th Street garage, 90,000 square feet of retail and a landscaped park around the center.   The project represents one of the biggest public-private partnerships undertaken in Miami-Dade County and has been characterized by many Miami Beach residents and officials as a transformative project that will shape the community for decades. South Beach ACE, which includes Tishman Hotels of New York and Miami Beach-based Robert Wennett, beat out Portman CMC, which includes Portman Holdings out of Atlanta and Ugo Colombo's CMC Group.   "We have long believed that a renovated convention center, adjacent hotel, and re-imagined convention center campus are critical to Miami Beach's ability to maintain and grow its desirability as a tourism and convention…
There are some things Miami has way too many of: bad facial lifts, douchey clubs, godawful drivers. Other things -- not nearly enough. Like: small businesses, friendly people and good pizza. Luckily, Pauloluigi To Go is bringing the latter three back to Coconut Grove. Co-owner Paul Shalaj has had various eateries around Miami since the '80s, and he's served some of Miami's most notable, from Bruce Bowen to Magic Johnson. Now, he's back in action serving up delicious Italian eats from a new spot: 2859 Bird Ave.   The homey little outpost is helmed by Shalaj (a super-friendly dude whose 30 years in Miami haven't diminished his New York accent), plus partners Noel Metales and Alexander Krasnic. Shalaj says a lot of local folks remember him, and are coming back for a fix now that he's back in the 33133. "It's like, when you haven't seen an old friend in a long time and you're like 'Oh my God!' I'm very overwhelmed by the people, the response. It's phenomenal," Shalaj says. As far as serving New York-style pizza, Shalaj says a lot of people are skeptical -- but he makes believers out of them. "It's all in who makes it.…
What came first, the pig or Porcao? The iconic Brazilian steakhouse that offered endless amounts of meat and animal parts for a $43 price tag, not to mention salad, pasta, and appetizer bars was a Magic City staple for more than a decade. From ambiance -- it was located at the Four Ambassadors overlooking the bay -- to service, food quality, and pricing, Porcao had it all. Still, it wasn't enough to overcome the bad economy and a switch in ownership that resulted in lower food quality. In the time that's passed since Porcao closed, Brickell has changed dramatically, becoming a hub for anyone looking for some food, drinks, and a good time. It would only make sense then, that the next restaurant to inhabit the Porcao's former space would be of the same nature: a Rodizio-style Brazilian steakhouse. Brasileiro is scheduled to open on Friday, July 12, with elegant yet unpretentious Brazilian cuisine made up of sizzling steaks and fresh seafood. Oh, and cocktails...   With more than 15 years of experience, including stints at popular local hotspots, The Local House, Yuca, and Cafeina, Guily Booth will bring her culinary prowess to the new steakhouse as executive chef. Her…
26 Jun 2013
What do you do when your temporary sandwich place, Pirolo's Panino Pop-Up, turns out more successful than you thought? You turn your steak house into a taco shop by day, of course. That's what the Pubbelly boys have decided to do with their new Taco Belly pop-up. Beginning July 3, PB Steak will turn out tacos at lunchtime weekdays from noon to 4. The Pubbelly-style taqueria will feature house-made salsas, small plates, salads, sandwiches, and -- duh -- tacos. Because it's summer, you'll want a few margaritas and micheladas to stay cool during your midday break, and Taco Belly is happy to oblige. There's also Mexican beer and more. Pubbelly partner Andreas Schreiner says he's "pumped" to bring another summer lunch pop-up to South Beach, with the idea behind Taco Belly the same as Pirolo's Panino -- to provide a "casual, fun, and affordable lunch concept the area has been lacking." For the menu, chef José Mendín is taking cues from his experience as corporate chef at Mercadito and his sous-chef's Mexican heritage to tweak traditional Mexican taco stands with some Pubbelly twists. Small plates ($3 to $9) include made-to-order guacamoles; hamachi, Maine lobster, and mahi-mahi ceviche taquitos; quesadillas de…
17 Jun 2013
Knock, knock. Who's there? Tacos. Tacos who? Okay. You got us. Tacos don't really knock on doors. But now that we're on the topic... Open the door to Huahua's Taqueria, a cozy new taco joint that's ready to unleash some fried-chicken tacos and paletas upon your life, opening Monday in South Beach. This sliver of a space comes from Haven's chef, Todd Erickson, so yeah... you'll be fine here. It's a little storefront restaurant with dark repurposed-wood walls, spiky cacti and Mexican piñatas dangling from the ceiling. Just the kind of laid-back spot you'd go to for carnitas after a day out on the beach. Or to appreciate the fine art of papier-mâché animal sculptures. Either way. Basically, you just mosey up to the counter here and place your order. Nachos. Grilled Mexican sweet corn. Fried-chicken tacos topped with jalapeño cornbread. You know, the kind of stuff that goes really well with margaritas. They've got those here. And Mexican beer. They've got that here, too. And hey, they're open late. Five in the morning on Fridays and Saturdays. Which is great, should you ever find yourself out in South Beach in need of a nightcap... Queso before beer, in the…
05 Jun 2013
Dear Pacers, No hard feelings. Really. In fact, here. Take some nice Cuban pastries home with you. Save the big one for Hibbert. Have fun on Indiana... beach. Love, Miami   Now that we've got that out of the way... Let's talk about Tequiztlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar, a sleek new Mexican cantina for sizzling fajitas, housemade guac and so... much... tequila, now quietly open in Sunset Harbour.   This place comes to you from the Rancho Grande folks. So chalk up a credibility point. And then know that their new venture's turned a spot in the Sunset Harbour garage into a slick, lofty cantina with exposed ductwork, vintage Mexican posters and, oh, an enormous room-dominating bar. You know, the best kind.   Anyway, walking in, you've got options. If you want drinks and a snack, there's that bar. You can order some tequila (they've got 50 kinds), a margarita or sangria. (It's got fruit. Technically a snack.) But hey, it's dinnertime. You're hungry. Some guacamole sounds good. Theirs is made right next to your table. It's also great when chased with flautas and beef tacos. Okay, pretty much everything is.   So, right now, your only option here…
Summer's most-wanted trait? Sexy hair. So look no further than recently opened Oren Salon on South Beach.   The lowdown : For a cut above, one need only visit recently opened Oren Salon on Miami Beach. Owner Oren Lankri brings over 15 years of hair styling experience under his belt. With his namesake boutique salon, Lankri says, "I've created a place that exudes and warmth and comfort — each client gets our full attention." The 'hood: Nestled in the heart of South Beach, the salon is a five-minute walk from pedestrian friendly Lincoln Road.Neighboring businesses inclde Jessie Boutique and the Vespa shop. The vibe: Otfitted with five stations, the palette here boasts black and white with bursts of red accents. Clean and streamlined, the salon exudes a minimalist look. "I created a chic environment to give the client most amazing experience," Lankri says. The highlights: The salon's menu includes cuts (mens start at $35), color (starting at $75), conditioning treatments (starting at $35) and makeup application (starting at $65). The go-to product hair product here? De rigueur moisturizing Moroccan Oil. "My specialty is to take three different features — color, shape and style — and creating the most beautiful and sexy…
14 May 2013
If you were jonesing for Oprah's favorite cake and felt a little left out in the cold for the past few weeks, fret no more. After a short transitional period when the flagship location off Lincoln Road closed, Icebox Cafe is reopening at its new home at 1855 Purdy Avenue in Sunset Harbour today.   After 15 years right off Lincoln Road, owner Robert Siegmann has taken his signature cakes and cafe items to a larger 2,700-square-foot location. The new cafe updates its industrial chic" look, combining whitewashed tones and antiques to the glowing blue neon and catwalk suspended above the lounge area. The cafe boasts indoor seating for 100 (including lots of cozy banquettes) and outdoor seating for 20. An adjoining city parking lot offers 400 spaces at reasonable rates.   Icebox Cafe 2.0 features a full bar and an expanded menu including rotisserie items, organic produce, an organic juice bar, and many gluten-free and vegetarian options -- making this an easy choice for friends with dietary concerns to enjoy a good meal.   Icebox Cafe is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.…
Auric Goldfinger. Scrooge McDuck. You. One was obsessed with gold. One swam laps in the stuff. And the other is eating it on their ravioli for dinner tonight. We'll let you suss out which is which. Take a shine to Gold and Pepper, a perfectly normal/intimate Italian cookery that just so happens to cover a bunch of their dishes in 23-karat gold, now open in South Beach. Yes, literally, this place puts gold dust on everything. See, the chef (he hails from Florence) was tired of cooking the same sort of classic Italian cuisine day in and day out, so he decided to switch it up. Experiment. Try something different. And apparently, "more garlic and less parmesan" wasn't different enough. You'll need to come here with a date who isn't allergic to precious metals. Or small spaces. Because this spot is cozy with a capital C. There are just 37 seats. Your move: take two of them at a candlelit table by the window and do that thing called dinner. Tonight, that'll consist of bluefin tuna... with gold. And pepper steak... with gold. And a warm brownie... with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Also, gold. Of course, should you…
Small businesses make Miami special. After all, what's better than knowing your hard-earned dollars are supporting your fellow 305'ers, versus soulless corporations and their fat cat CEOs? This city wouldn't be what it is without Panther Coffee, Whisk Gourmet and Abraxas Lounge. So the Unemployed Chef in Coral Gables is a welcome addition. The only problem? Not nearly enough people know they're there. This sister-owned outpost serves home-cooked breakfast and lunch, and they're earning rave reviews from those in the neighborhood. So why the hell haven't you eaten there yet?     The Gables dining scene has been steadily improving, and no longer is it a haven solely for the retirement set. Nowadays, even hip, young foodies are proud to show their faces at spots like Swine and Pao Town. And the Unemployed Chef is no exception. For those who work in the City Beautiful, it's a casual, convenient and totally reasonable lunch option. Plus, they deliver. Via The Unemployed Chef on Facebook Sisters Barbara and Sandra Avayu opened the locale about six months back. They've been in the biz for a long time, and they were born and raised in the Gables, to boot. After Barbara lost her gig…
In a city rife with fatty cuts of meat, cloyingly sweet coladas and lard-infused breads -- we can always use a few more clean eating options. Ten Fruits, downtown's newest addition to the burgeoning juice movement, is hosting its grand opening next week - and that means free healthy drinks and eats for all. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, the modern, marble-floored outpost on the corner of Third Avenue and Second Street, will have a DJ, free foodstuffs and plenty of other health-enthusiasts with whom to mingle.   We were lucky enough to sample some of their menu items, including the hearty, quinoa and lucuma-blended Andean Elixir (which co-owner David Polinsky swears caused him to inadvertently drop pounds, $8); the detoxifying Spa Day -- a ginger, carrot and cucumber fresh-pressed juice blend ($8); the sweet, impossibly creamy homemade Greek yogurt with blueberries, chia seeds and honey ($3.90) and house-made milks including cashew, soy and almond (all $6). Their menu also offers lots of other good-for-you goodies, all made with exotic ingredients sourced from the wilds of South America, hand-picked by juice-master and co-owner Alexander Vazquez.     Courtesy of Ten Fruits   Plus, they have a…
01 May 2013
Wolfgang's Steakhouse, the reputable restaurant helmed by Wolfgang Zweiner, is officially open in Downtown Miami. The spot with five other locations, including New York, California and Hawaii, finally made its way to the M.I.A. after announcing a South Florida expansion ages ago. Everyone was pretty skeptical as to when, if ever, those doors would open, but alas, now open daily. To be expected is Wolfgang's traditionally meaty menu, a selection of over 250 wines, indoor and outdoor seating and a "river view". Mondays through Thursdays they'll be open from 12 to 11:30 p.m., Fridays from 12 to midnight, Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Source : Ana Heretoiu | Miami Eater Miami information
Boston ice cream shop Emack & Bolio's quietly opened up a Miami outpost in South Beach inside the Sunset Harbour Shops last week. The Purdy Avenue storefront is colorful and vibrant; spaceships hanging from the ceiling; a talking moose mascot; ridiculous menu items like the midnight munchies sundae -- really everything you'd expect from a stoner's ice cream paradise. Emack's ice cream is award-winning stuff. In addition to two other locations in Central Florida, the small franchise is currently in five states across the country. We went down to South Beach to see for ourselves what all the hooplah was about, and found that really is quality ice cream. It's been praised by Good Housekeeping Magazine and The New York Times. The force behind the greatness is making everything from scratch. "We don't use powders or artificial-anything in our flavors," says owner Bob Rook, who is a prominent music attorney by day. "It's more of a cooking process in our kitchens; more chef-driven." "If you order a scoop of peach, you're going to get cream, butter, sugar, and real, fresh peaches," he adds. "If you get a scoop of bananas foster, the bananas in it were actually flambéed. It's not…
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