Every Wednesday and Friday, Antonio Miyar and his wife Sevy, drive 14 miles from Miami Gardens to Kitchen 305, a restaurant at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort in Sunny Isles, to dine and dance.But Antonio Miyar said it is not enough. “I want to come every night,” said Miyar, 49. “Now I suffer from three addictions: my wife, Facebook and Kitchen 305.” Since its opening on May 2008, the Sunny Isles restaurant has attracted a great number of personalities such as the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, former NFL player Daryl Gardener, actor Steven Baldwin and most recently Miami Heat player, James Jones, who chose to celebrate his 30th birthday at the former Newport Pub this past Oct.15. “Kitchen 305 is a very interactive spot to have a good time,” said Jones, who was accompanied by his family and friends. In the course of the night, several customers approached Jones to take pictures and talk to him. “I am blessed to be in this position,” Jones said. “I am always willing to sign autographs and take pictures.” Kitchen 305, under the direction of Julius Brown, 42, former chef at the Starwood Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, offers an eclectic menu of Italian, American and Asian food. The restaurant has gained popularity with its all-you-can-eat lobster Wednesdays for $35 and all-you-can-eat-stone crab for $42 on Fridays. Texas born chef Brown said that Wednesday is the busiest night of the week. “About 1,400 lobsters are served, which comes to be about 1,800 pounds,” he said, adding that that the T-bone steak, cowboy rib eye and barbeque ribs are also popular among customers. Justin Infurna, 26, visited the restaurant for the first time last month. “I heard about the stone crab promotion on Facebook and decided to check it out,” he said, while waiting for his second stone crab. “I will definitely come back.” Jonathan Hanzas, the manager, said on a typical Friday night the restaurant has over 300 reservations. Live bands, such as the Jacob Jeffries and Charlie Roc, play – and customers can dance. DJ DeAngelo, who plays at the restaurant every Friday night, said he starts off the evening at Kitchen 305 with music that creates a dining atmosphere, and as the night progresses, he transforms the restaurant to a lounge environment with modern music. “I usually start the night with soft music, such as Barry White and Frank Sinatra,” he said. “Later I change the music to radio top hits [and] people get up and dance.” The Miyars make a point to always reserve the same table next to the stage. “I dance all the time when I am here,” Sevy Miyar said.
When: 7 days a week from 5:30 p.m. The kitchen is open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m, on weekends. The lounge remains open until 2 a.m. during the week and until 4 a.m. on the weekends.
Where: 16701 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach
Parking: Valet Parking
Payment: All credit cards accepted
For more information: 305-749-2110 or kitchen305.newportbeachsideresort.com.