Wynwood welcomes hospitality concept FREEHOLD

Miami’s hip Wynwood district attracts visitors from all over the world, so it’s no surprise it attracted a unique hospitality concept.

Brooklyn’s bespoke hospitality concept FREEHOLD will open its second location Dec. 4, offering a wide range of day-to-night accommodations and entertainment. Brand developers Brice Jones and Brad Gallagher describe their hospitality concept as “reminiscent of a bustling boutique hotel—without the actual hotel rooms.”

FREEHOLD will offer a multi-use community space for Miami’s upwardly mobile set. Designed by the award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, each space was created intentionally to offer a carefully-curated ambience enhancing the experience based on the time of day and programming. As an all-day all-night environment, with a menu to match; the transitional space includes multiple bars, a Pizza Shop, a café, a spacious courtyard, and event space.

“We fell in love with Wynwood in 2015 and believed our concept would be a perfect fit for the ever-growing neighborhood as Freehold is so much more than just a bar or a restaurant. We know we’ve accomplished our goal as creators when we see our guests arrive and utilize the space to work or host a meeting during the day and then stay to enjoy cocktails as the space transforms in the evening, offering a completely different ambience,” said Jones.

Upon entry, guests will find the café, which offers a full Third-Wave coffee bar featuring Counter Culture Coffee, along with light bites. Beyond the Café is the “Front Desk” at the entrance of the expansive Lobby Bar, the true heart of the space, where robust culinary offerings, a full bar and a spacious common area are available, all reminiscent of a hotel lobby. On weekdays, the Lobby Bar will serve as an interactive dining and creative space. With the installment of cabinetry covers, a retractable panel will veil the back bar liquor display and televisions, offering an authentic daytime atmosphere. As the sun goes down, Happy Hour arrives, enhanced by FREEHOLD’s trademark programming, which will bring an inspired mixture of entertainment in all categories from live music to comedy and more.

Beyond the Lobby Bar is the 4,000-square-foot Courtyard, featuring a cumaru wood “pool deck” with creative seating, leading to the central focal point, a sprawling Freehold Teal turfed area for lounging. Reminiscent of a hotel swimming pool, that you can sit inside. Here, guests can enjoy different seating options, perfect for relaxing or enjoying a meal outdoors while listening to their favorite local DJ. The Courtyard also offers a trellis roof, bringing a bit of respite from the sun, and a stage for live performances. The 750-square foot Cabana Room will be strategically located adjacent to the Courtyard, offering the public a private event and activation space.

Bringing a slice of New York flair to Miami, FREEHOLD selected Pizza aficionado, Anthony Falco, to assist in the creation of The Pizza Shop at FREEHOLD, a concept that is inspired by NYC slice joints of the 1970s. Hailing from New York’s famed pizza shop Robertas, Falco has created for FREEHOLD a signature thin & crispy style for guests to enjoy, surrounded by customary tomato-red booths and backlit by hanging stained glass lamps, another one of Rockwell Group’s imaginative details. 

“Our expansive overall program here at FREEHOLD has allowed us the ability to showcase our brand even during these unprecedented times.  We have made our culinary program our focal point during the past few months in launching our thin & crispy pizza, which has added another layer to our ever-evolving brand. We are excited to bring it all to Wynwood!” said Gallagher.

FREEHOLD is located at 2219 NW Second Ave., Miami. Click here for more info.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



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.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

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.