Michael Schwartz is bringing his first restaurant in decades back to Miami Beach.
It won’t be fine dining for the James Beard Award winner, rather the latest outpost of his burgeoning quick service Harry’s Pizzeria. It will be situated just off Lincoln Road, at 1680 Meridian, and will open next fall, a spokesperson confirmed. TheRealDeal.com first reported the lease.
Schwartz first made a name for himself on the beach, co-founding five different restaurants on South Beach with restaurateur Myles Chefetz (who owns Prime 112) before the two had a falling out. They co-founded Big Pink, which is still a locals’ favorite. And Schwartz did operate a restaurant inside the Raleigh Miami Beach for four years before they parted ways in 2015.
Schwartz and his family also live blocks away, just north of Miami Beach Senior High.
Harry’s Pizzeria, which started near his award-winning Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink in the Design District, has expanded to Coconut Grove and Downtown Dadeland, with locations coming in Aventura, Sunrise and, out of state, in Atlanta and Cleveland.
There will be competition, though.
Harry’s will be a block from the popular Spris pizza and Pizza Rustica and two blocks from the gem hidden in an office building, Mister 01, a 3-star (Excellent) spot which recently changed its name from Visa-01 after a lawsuit from the credit card giant.
New York’s Artichoke Basille Pizza also opened an outpost in South Beach this month.