Major Food Group and JDS Development Group to Create Residential and Hospitality Tower in Miami

Major Food Group (MFG), led by co-founders Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick and Rich Torrisi (all pictured above), recently formed a partnership with developer and builder JDS Development Group, led by Chief Executive Michael Stern, to conceive, build and operate MAJOR.; a new residential-hospitality tower located at 888 Brickell Avenue in Miami. It will be MFG’s first residential property after establishing a global collection of food and beverage amenities, standalone restaurants and private clubs.

Upon completion, MAJOR. will represent the tallest building in Miami at 1,049 feet. MFG established roots in South Florida in 2021 with several hospitality openings, including CARBONE and HaSalon in the South of Fifth neighborhood and the private membership venue ZZ’s Club in the Miami Design District. MFG will launch a range of additional projects in the area in 2022, including several outposts of the brunch institution Sadelle’s, beginning with Coconut Grove and Dirty French Steakhouse in Brickell.

MAJOR. will feature 259 custom residences and offer a vast collection of food and beverage amenities. MFG will oversee all branding and hospitality programming with standalone restaurants and private clubs among the concepts. William Sofield, Founder of Studio Sofield Founder, will oversee the tower, lobby, and residences design.

“For the most dynamic city in the United States right now, our goal is to build the most luxurious residential tower in the world, with a thrilling array of spaces and amenities that no other building can match. In a word, this is going to be MAJOR,” Zalaznick says.

For JDS Development Group, led by Founder and CEO Michael Stern, MAJOR. entails another large-scale skyscraper to manage. The company consists of innovators and builders focused on large-scale urban development in New York City and Miami. JDS projects include the Walker Tower, The American Copper Buildings, the recently topped-out Brooklyn Tower, 111 West 57th Street in New York City, Monad Terrace, Echo Brickell and Echo Aventura in South Florida. This will be the firm’s fifth supertall skyscraper and third project in the Brickell neighborhood. JDS also co-developed the record-breaking Echo Brickell condominium project and recently broke ground on Brickell’s large-scale mixed-use 1 Southside Park.

“You haven’t seen anything like MAJOR.,” Stern says. “We are proud to partner with the MFG on this unprecedented residential, dining, and hospitality opportunity.”

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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.