Major Food Group Aims Even Higher—58 Stories Higher

Major Food Group, the Manhattan restaurant empire that keeps churning out Miami versions of its New York venues—such as Dirty French, Contessa, Sadelle’s and Carbone, is breaking into Miami’s residential real estate business with the Villa. “Food and beverage is now a forethought, whereas before it might have been an afterthought,” David Martin, chief executive

Petite Comité Opens in Miami

Petite Comité, the unique Japandi-inspired restaurant, recently opened in Miami with the goal of being Miami’s new dining spot with an eclectic mix of Scandinavian, French and Asian cuisine. The concept was developed by husband-and-wife powerhouse culinary couple Cesar Olivo and Adriana Perez Benatar and partner Samuel Perez Benatar. The family business of three related partners

Acclaimed Chef From New York’s Marea Brings the Heat to West Palm

Born from the culture of Australian hospitality, New York’s Isla & Co has debuted in West Palm Beach, serving specialty coffees, an inventive cocktail program, an indulgent lunch/brunch menu (check out the griddled banana bread) and a dinner menu created by executive chef Matt Foley (the spicy shrimp vodka rigatoni is a standout). Foley won

Spice Up Your Life at Contessa in Miami

Well, they’ve done it again. After Major Food Group scored successes with Carbone, Dirty French Steakhouse and ZZ’s Club, expectations were high—to say the least—for Contessa, the five-month-old Miami outpost of the popular Boston eatery. It’s not like the Boston original was some august establishment; it debuted in 2021. But the place proved so popular

Fogo De Chão Delivers a Meaty Performance on Las Olas Boulevard  

Bustling Las Olas Boulevard remains a foodie destination for its wide selection of high-end restaurants perfectly capable of producing an elegant evening. Yet, the luxurious interior mixed with the carnivorous food experience at Fogo de Chão stands out among the establishments in the area. Located along the east side of Las Olas under the opulent The Main

CitizenM Hotel Opens at Miami Worldcenter 

CitizenM opened its second Miami property in the new Miami Worldcenter development, a $4 billion mixed-use destination in Downtown Miami offering a collection of shops, entertainment spaces and dining spots. The 351-room hotel marks the brand’s 30th worldwide hotel with its rapidly growing portfolio of affordable luxury hotels, and its Miami Brickell location opened in July 2022.  The

Major Food Group Does It Again, in a Transporting Setting, With Dirty French Steakhouse

Anyone who doesn’t believe that dining has become synonymous with entertainment hasn’t been to Dirty French Steakhouse. With this fanciful Brickell bistro, a Ken Falk-designed hallucinatory throwback to the 1970s and ’80s (complete with Blondie on the playlist), Major Food Group continues its culinary domination of Miami. After scoring hits with Sadelle’s, Hasalon, ZZ’s Club,

More Design District Dining 

A leading North American lifestyle hospitality group, Ink Entertainment, just debuted its beloved Toronto-born Italian gem, Sofia, in the Miami Design District. Overseen by the entrepreneur trio of Charles Khabouth, Danny Soberano and Ricardo Tabet, Sofia appears in Miami as part of the hospitality powerhouse’s rapid expansion plans throughout the United States. Offering a fresh perspective

Historic Pelican Hotel Reopens in South Beach

After two years of undergoing significant renovations, the historic Pelican Hotel in South Beach reopened its doors with a VIP celebration during Art Basel Miami Beach last weekend. The penthouse party was hosted by Renzo Rosso, owner of Pelican Hotel, who is also OTB Group’s president and DIESEL’s founder. VIP guests experienced an intimate preview of the

Mediterranean Mix in Bal Harbour

A notable and toothsome debut in Bal Harbour is Aba, part of the Chicago-based restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You. Aba, which has two other locations, in Austin and Chicago, brings a fusion of flavors from Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece with a menu curated by Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson and a mixology program designed by Liz Pearce featuring

Ownership of Hilton-Branded Hotel Changes Hands in Deerfield Beach

Berkadia Hotels and Hospitality has arranged the sale and financing of the 221-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Deerfield Beach-Boca Raton. Berkadia’s managing directors, Michael Weinberg and Preston Reid and senior director Wyatt Krapf represented the seller, Vista Hospitality, which has invested more than $7 million since 2018 in capital improvements to the property. Berkadia secured

Master Brewer Academy in Miami Launches New Curriculum

As the craft brew industry has grown sustainably over the last decade, so has people’s interest in learning how to brew their own concoctions at home. To help novices learn the finer details of crafting beer at home, Master Brewer Academy (MBA) will offer a new program next year. The 11-month program will be held on nights