Two years ago, Daniel Venegas and partner Jose More purchased the original downtown Wok Town from founder Shai Ben-Ami. Ben-Ami opened the Asian-fusion restaurant in 2009 and, before then, helped run other Miami joints such as Miss Yip and Domo Japones. Since its debut, Wok Town has garnered a favorable reputation for its fast, fresh, and affordable stir-fries, fried rice, and noodle bowls. The restaurant proffers an Americanized amalgamation of Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Japanese cuisines. When New Times first reviewed the spot in 2010, the newspaper noted that "everything about the place seems to suggest a starting-small, thinking-big strategy." Two weeks ago, this strategy took its course. The second Wok Town location opened in the former Meatball Joint space at 1570 Alton Road. "Wok Town fits South Beach," Venegas says. "We are accessible to people who want vegetable bowls with chicken and pad thai noodles that aren't $18. Something like this was needed on the Beach." South Beach's bill of fare mirrors the one in downtown, although health-oriented options were recently added to both menus. They include teriyaki salmon salad ($13.95) with mixed greens and sliced mangoes and cucumber, and bulgogi skirt steak salad ($12.95) with grilled skirt steak and kimchi.…
Despite the burgeoning neighborhoods surrounding downtown, there are still a few strips that are less than stellar. Take NE Second Avenue. There's endless potential and some good stuff popping up, but there's still a long road to hoe to make the hood habitable.   Enter Time for Wine, a sweet little freestanding vino-and-tapas shop that just opened down the way from the restaurant City Hall at 2200 NE 2nd Ave. Owned by an eager-to-please couple, it stocks inexpensive wine, an assortment of tapas, and best of all, it's own free parking lot. Miami is somewhat lacking in wine shops, particularly those that don't cater to high-end imbibers looking for a bottle to impress their highbrow friends. But Time for Wine is on the opposite end of the spectrum. With minimal markups and a majority of the inventory priced under $15, it's a perfect spot for the smaller-budget, after-work wine drinker. David Taboada and his wife started the spot as a passion of sorts. They also own a watch shop in Bayside Marketplace, but Taboada was into wine and wanted a place of his own. He doesn't call himself an expert, just an enthusiast. "This is a never-ending process about wine,"…
Sometimes in life, you find things where you least expect them. Other times, you find them in the last place you look. And then, every once in a rare while, that thing you’re searching for is exactly where you’d think it would be. Meet WD 555, a wine-crazy SoBe patio that’s tucked away... in the back of a wineshop, now open. You’re familiar with Wine Depot. Cozy little wine market in SoBe. Closed up shop for a bit. Reopened in November with some new owners who thought a stainless-steel bar, high-top barrel tables and 300 different wines might spruce up the place. Visionaries, those guys. Well, now they’ve unveiled the remodel to their remodel: an open-air patio that’s attached to the back and kinda perfect for nibbling on foie gras and tilting back some pinot. So by all means, come after work. Or on any cool 70-degree evening when drinking vino near the beach seems like a sage idea. Just walk onto this palm-tree-lined terrace and settle down on one of the Philippe Starck–designed white wicker chairs. Have the sommelier pull you something rare off the store’s rack to uncork. Taste it. Realize it would probably pair well with a…
In only a few weeks, Bond Trisransi, the man behind Calle Ocho's Mr. Yum and 2B Asia Bistro, has transformed a South Miami Avenue space sandwiched between Tobacco Roadand the River Seafood & Oyster Bar into another of his whimsical, romantic fusion eateries. This time, Trisransi said he wanted to cater to the younger crowd by offering smaller plates and smaller prices. For the moment, the restaurant is serving a soft-opening menu with a sushi bar and nearly 20 items reminiscent of what you can find in his other restaurants. He said he plans to bring in a larger menu. But with a kitchen that looked to be at most 15 square feet, it might be challenge. Nonetheless, Trisransi is still serving the food for which he's become known.   Cuba Ocho Tuna. Cuba Ocho tuna ($13) came as disks of sushi rice, tuna, and avocado stacked as a squat cylinder with crispy wontons drizzled with a sweet chili sauce. Bags of Gold. Trisransi seemed especially proud of the Bags of Gold ($10), which he said are a family recipe. Shrimp, mushrooms, and water chestnuts were wrapped inside a thin wonton and flash-fried to a golden brown. The filling is secured inside…
Tony Mantuano, chef/partner of Spiaggia, Chicago's only 4-star restaurant and a Top Chef Masters season 2 contestant, has chosen South Beach as the site of his first permanent restaurant (not including his family run resto in Kenosha, Wisconsin). Bar Lorenzo, a "casual, elegant Italian restaurant," is slated to open in late Spring at a forthcoming 69-room boutique hotel at 1776 Collins Ave. (formerly the Fairfax). Open daily for lunch, dinner, cocktails and late night bites, the restaurant will offer hand-made pastas, wood-fired pizzettes from Valoriani-designed Mugnaini oven from Tuscany, shareable bar plates, heartier entrees off the grill, house-made gelato and a walk-up espresso bar. The restaurant plans to use the rooftop to grow herbs for hand-crafted cocktails and tomatoes and basil for mozzarella dishes, pizzas and entrees. The Italian wine list will be curated by Mantuano's wife Cathy, a wine expert and author, and will have a big champagne and sparkling wine selection. We asked Mantuano what made him choose Miami for his first foray outside of Chitown and he said, "Miami is great. I think it's gotten past the flash and glitz and now it's a serious food city comparable to others around the country. Look at what Michael…
ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon organizers maximize interest by connecting with the local running community. ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon race director David Scott recalls standing in the Miami Beach Convention Center at last year's fitness expo and seeing an airline pilot explaining that he had just flown in on a red-eye from Alaska, and intended to run the marathon. "I said, 'I'm terribly sorry, but we've been trying to warn everybody that we were nearing a sellout and to register early,' '' Scott told the man, informing him registration had closed. "He was stunned — and he wasn't the only one.'' When the 11th running of the ING event takes off before dawn Sunday in front of the AmericanAirlines Arena and traverses one of the most scenic courses in the country, the field again is expected to be bulging. The races are approaching their combined limit of 25,000, about 6,500 of those competing in the marathon. "We are pacing at the same record level as last year,'' Scott said. "There's still room to register for the full and half marathon, but I just don't know for how long.'' Scott, a native Miamian who turns 61 this week, has…
Cristina Mas is founder & president of the Young Associates, a young professionals' group that supports the Coral Gables Museum. At 25, Cristina Mas is a young professional who's already noted for community leadership. The group she founded and now serves as president, the Young Associates, has raised more than $55,000 in less than two years for the Coral Gables Museum. The first fundraiser of 2013 is right around the corner — the second annual Gables Heart Crawl, featuring a love theme and starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Tarpon Bend, 65 Miracle Mile. From there participants will progress to The Local, Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, JohnMartin's and The Bar. "If your New Year's Resolution was to find someone special, this is the event for you," she says. Despite her relatively short tenure in the fundraising arena, Ms. Mas' leadership and impact have already been singled out. For example, Ms. Mas was recognized at the 27th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards on Nov. 13. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Miami presented her the Joyce Galya AFP Scholarship Award and the AFP Ralph E. Chamberlain Scholarship Award for her work to engage young professionals in community philanthropy. In…
Most of the discussion about the last-minute legislation to avert sharp tax increases for 2013 has concentrated on the Bush tax cuts — their permanent extension for most Americans and their expiration for a very few. But the bill also renews dozens of other income-tax provisions for individuals and businesses through a series of provisions that the legislating class calls "extenders." And though advocates for small businesses were concerned that legislators might overlook their interests in the high-pressure negotiations, it turns out that their pessimism was unfounded. Nearly all of the most important provisions won a reprieve through at least this year. (It just goes to show that an old temporary tax credit almost never dies, it just becomes an extender.) Here's where things stand for many of the small-business tax incentives that were on the table: •Section 179 expensing: This popular provision allows small companies to fully expense many investments in just one year, instead of over five years or more. The amount of investment eligible for immediate expensing grew to $500,000 in 2010 and 2011, but was to fall to $139,000 in 2012 and $25,000 in 2013. The new law extends the $500,000 limit through 2013, and pushes the $25,000 cap to 2014.…
Apple analyst Gene Munster put out a note with a few interesting predictions in it this week. We've already covered one of them: An Apple TV coming in November of 2013. Here's another one: A $200, unsubsidized iPhone, coming in 2014. In the U.S., if you buy a new iPhone 5 it costs $200 because the carrier is footing the majority of the bill for you. You pay $200, but Apple collects ~$600. That carrier covers that $400 gap, and hopes to make the money on your data charges. That system doesn't work in places like India and China. And that's why Apple's market share is tiny in those countries. If it doesn't want to lose access to the next three billion smartphone buyers, it needs to solve this problem. Munster thinks Apple's solution is a less expensive version of the iPhone in 2014. He doesn't elaborate too much on this phone, but we'd posit that it should not just be a last-generation iPhone. We think Apple should make a unique phone that it sells for less. Right now, when it rolls out a new iPhone, the previous models get $100 chopped off, so you have the iPhone 5 at $200, the iPhone 4S at $100, and the iPhone…
It was only a matter of time before Don Shula expanded his playing field. The legendary Miami Dolphins coach — the winningest in National Football League history — has brought his Shula Burger concept to Fort Lauderdale. While it has counter service like any fast-food operation, the new venue, which opened Oct. 17, is anything but typical when it comes to food, prices and service. The burgers, we’re told, are made with fresh, premium Black Angus beef, and Shula’s name is branded on the buns. If you’re eating in, craft beers are on tap, and wine is dispensed from a high-tech system to ensure you get a perfect pour. We were hard-pressed to limit our choices: Should we take home a Wine Country Burger topped with goat cheese, roasted peppers and tomatoes or a Chorizo, packed with Spanish sausage, manchego cheese, charred onions and a smoked paprika ketchup? There’s also a tasty veggie burger on a multigrain bun and a Caesar salad. The Shula steak sandwich is at the top of the price scale at $12.99, but you get a 7-ounce New York strip topped with Gruyère, grilled onions and herb mayo on a hoagie roll. For the indecisive, The…
  SymbolPriceChange AMZN 226.47 GRPN 2.69 By Nivedita Bhattacharjee and Alexei Oreskovic CHICAGO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Groupon and its compatriots in the much-hyped daily deals business were supposed to change the very nature of small-business advertising. Instead, it is the daily deal vendors that are racing to change as evidence mounts that their business model is fundamentally flawed. Groupon last week reported another quarter of disappointing earnings as its core business stagnated, sending its stock down 30 percent to an all-time low of $2.76. Its biggest rival, Living Social, is piling up losses, and part-owner Amazon.com earlier this month recorded a quarterly loss after writing down its Living Social investment. Both companies are racing to diversify, venturing into more generic ecommerce areas like off-price sales through ventures such as Groupon Goods and LivingSocial's Shop. Meanwhile, upstarts are developing new variations on the discount coupon theme. "It's clear that they need to have other models besides the email daily deals business," said Aaron Kessler, an analyst at Raymond James. "The problem is that a lot of these newer businesses have lower margins." Critics say the torrid growth that enabled Groupon to go public at $20 a share just a year ago…

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey will not take place next year following delays with construction of the circuit and a lack of funding.   The race is due to take place in June 2013 on a 3.2-mile street circuit which snakes alongside the Hudson river opposite Manhattan’s historic skyline. It is located in the towns of West New York and Weehawken in the state of New Jersey and has been beset with problems since being announced in October last year.   In May Ecclestone expressed doubts that the organisers would be ready on time and said they were late with payment. Three months later Tom Cotter, the president of the race, unexpectedly resigned and in September Ecclestone revealed that the race contract had been torn up after the organisers failed to comply with its terms. Now he says it has finally reached the end of the road.   “It is not going to happen next year,” Ecclestone said. “If they came up with the contract with us and we were satisfied the question is could they carry out the work in six months? Winter in New York is not…
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