8 New Restaurants Hitting Town in 2014By Carissa Chesanek
January 2, 2014
While 2013 brought plenty of fresh dining concepts - Bocce Bar, Michael Mina 74 - we're looking ahead to what's in store for 2014. A new year means a whole slew of new restaurants on the way, including these eight upcoming spots we're excited to try.
Top Chef’s Carla Pellegrino will open her Miami venue Touché Restaurant & Lounge on the rooftop of the new E11even club this February. While Pellegrino hasn’t spilled too much about her upcoming menu, we do hear that American cuisine will complement the ultra-chic setting (29 NE 11th St.).
Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is set to open the two-floor art deco Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge in January. The venue will serve as a restaurant with a fancy dining room serving innovative plays on Italian dishes, as well as a swanky lounge fully equipped with signature Roberto Cavalli Vodka-mixed cocktails (150 Ocean Dr.; 305-695-4191).
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania-based chain Insomnia Cookies plans to open its first Miami Beach location on Washington Avenue in January. This outfit will serve warm cookies out of the oven until 5:30 AM, and also offer late-night delivery until 3 AM, so you can indulge a sweet tooth almost anytime (1227 Washington Ave.).
Speaking of dessert, South Florida is finally getting on the national donut bandwagon this year with the debut of Rhino Doughnuts & Coffee in January. The Las Olas Riverfront space plans to offer freshly made donuts along with its signature sticky buns with creamy frosting, plus craft-brewed coffee (300 SW First Ave.).
Looking ahead to early summer, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino's casual restaurant and beer retreat Yard House will be arriving in South Beach with an abundance of beers on tap, along with fast-casual American fare. The fourth outpost of the bar and grill is slated to open right off the bustling Lincoln Road Mall (1681 Lennox Ave.).
The team behind LoKal and the new Miami Brew Bus will bring its newest venture, Kush, to Wynwood in the coming year. The focus will be on craft beer, with rotating Florida brews and nitro taps, along with gourmet burgers on the menu, similar to the popular Coconut Grove branch (2003 N Miami Ave.).
And the vacant South of Fifth space once known as China Grill is set to finally reopen as Siena Tavern, an offshoot of the rustic Italian hot spot in Chicago, founded by Top Chef contestant Fabio Viviani. Miami.com reports that it's slated to land in South Beach this summer (404 Washington Ave.).
Lastly, chef Bee from Khong River House will be opening his much-anticipated NaiYaRa space in Sunset Harbour, specializing in the same style of street food he grew up on in Thailand. The new Asian eatery (with an undisclosed address as of yet) will have an intimate dining room with a full bar, and should be open for business by fall.