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Breakwater Hospitality Group Aims to Transform Miami’s Hospitality Scene

As Miami and South Florida continue to see an influx of residents, a proposed waterfront hospitality-centric complex centered around a 165-room luxury hotel hopes to capitalize on the need to provide contemporary leisure and entertainment options for the bevy of new residents. Slated to break ground this year and be completed by 2025, developers of the Riverside Wharf, a two-tower, 200,000 square-foot project in the Miami River district, hope to use the development to host multiple food, beverage and entertainment venues along with a deep-water yacht marina capable of accommodating megayachts to transform Miami’s hospitality scene.

“Riverside Wharf will be a remarkable experience and one Miami has never seen before,” Alex Mantecon says, who founded Breakwater Hospitality Group with Emi Guerra. “Today, the market is thriving and craving a hospitality-driven project. We found that people have changed their habits in recent years, not only interested in an unparalleled living experience but reconnecting with the world around them in an immersive way.” 

Mantecon and Guerra envision Riverside Wharf as a re-imagined The Wharf Miami, a popular entertainment venue along the Miami River. The proposed project will include the expansion of The Wharf Miami along with 16,000 square feet of signature restaurants, a 12,000-square-foot event hall, a world-class nightclub and a rooftop day club with two pools. It is designed by Jon Cardello of Cube3 architects with landscape design by Savino-Miller Design Studio.

“The Wharf has evolved to Riverside Wharf, covering the spectrum of luxury, hospitality, entertainment and everything in between,” Guerra says. “With our neighbors in the Miami River district, we are very committed to making positive contributions to support its growth and the future of Miami.”

Mantecon and Guerra recently opened Carousel Club at Gulfstream Park, an open-air entertainment venue offering food and cocktails. They will also open JohnMartin’s in Coral Gables and Pier 5 at Bayside as a part of the shopping center’s renovation. Riverside Wharf has been an idea of theirs in the works since 2016 when Breakwater Hospitality and MV Real Estate Holdings (MVREH) opened The Wharf Miami. 

“South Florida’s hospitality business was built on such a strong foundation that even though it has experienced challenges, we were well-equipped to thrive now more than ever,” Mantecon says. 

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

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He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.