See you at the yard

Photo by Rives Photography
Photo by Rives Photography

The Doral Yard recently opened in Downtown Doral, just in time for locals looking for new ways to enjoy being outside.

The new space is the brainchild of Della Heiman, co-founder and CEO of Yard Hospitality, the team behind the former Wynwood Yard. Heiman brought the Doral version of the community gathering concept to life with Place Projects founder Joseph Furst, who helped develop Wynwood with Goldman Properties, to give the community family-friendly arts, fitness and cultural experiences, socially distanced live music and offerings from culinary entrepreneurs. This pandemic version is a forerunner of what’s to come when the Doral Yard is completed in 2021, and Heiman is proud of the results.

This isn’t quite The Doral Yard we imagined a year ago, but it’s The Doral Yard that our community needs right now,“ Heiman says. “We want this to be the place where families and locals come and then tell their friends ‘I feel so comfortable here. I want to bring you here.’ because they enjoy the space, our amazing culinary vendors and bar, and also take comfort in the special care we’re taking with health and safety protocols.“

She adds, “We always envisioned The Doral Yard as the slightly more mature, sophisticated sister of The Wynwood Yard, but in many ways, our COVID-19 experimentation has brought all of us back to our earliest days in Wynwood, when everything had to be created from scratch. It’s been a fun, humbling exercise for our team to get back to our roots.”

The Bar at The Yard (Photo by Jacqueline Bermudez)
The Bar at The Yard (Photo by Jacqueline Bermudez)

For now, patrons are enjoying covered and ventilated outdoor seating on Main Street. The Hub, an indoor space with a full bar and a micro food hall, is also open for limited seating and pick up orders. Guests can also sip craft cocktails from The Bar at The Yard and savor fare from culinary vendors, including plant-based and globally-inspired della bowls, authentic Venezuelan rotisserie chicken and comfort food from Un Pollo and dim sum made from scratch daily by YIP. Sweets vendors include handcrafted gourmet pops with customizable toppings by Paletas Morelia and Santo Dulce’s made-to-order churros served with locally sourced ice cream.

The Doral Yard is part of a larger pedestrian activation on the main thoroughfare of Downtown Doral’s Main Street (53rd Street). In fact, the Yard Hospitality team has been curating eclectic expanded dining space, pop-ups and art installations on Main Street in collaboration with Downtown Doral since August. As the fall progresses, Downtown Doral will continue in its evolution, adding more social distanced activations, arts and cultural experiences, live music and events, in collaboration with the Yard Hospitality team. The Doral Yard is working with Prism Creative Group to curate open-air, socially distanced music and entertainment on Main Street as part of the activation on Thursday through Sunday evenings. In 2021, the yard will become a 20,000-square-foot space divided into two zones, including The Backyard, with a live music stage and anchor restaurant.

Located at 8455 NW 53rd St., Suite 106, the Doral Yard is open Sundays and Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to curfew. Keep up with Doral Yard on Facebook and Instagram.

The Doral Yard vendor offerings (Photo by Megan McCluer)
The Doral Yard vendor offerings (Photo by Megan McCluer)

Featured image above: The Doral Yard tent on Main Street by Rod Deal

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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.