Four months ago we introduced you to Miami’s 15 most anticipated restaurants of 2015. Here’s an update of what’s open, what’s not, plus a few off-list closures of note:
1. Alter: 223 NW 23rd St., Miami. Target opening: Late May. What to expect: Modern Floridian cuisine from chef-partner Brad Kilgore highlighting local and regional seafood, meat and produce. “Nothing over $30,” Kilgore says. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.
2. Beachcraft: 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Target opening: June. Top Chef honcho Tom Colicchio’s main restaurant at the new 1 Hotel South Beach is serving breakfast and weekend brunch to hotel guests; public dinner service is to begin next month.
3. Biscayne Diner OPEN! 8601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The NY-style diner opened in February, with ’round-the-clock service on weekends.
4. Continental: 2360 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Target opening: June. Philly restaurateur Stephen Starr’s march into South Florida continues with the expansion of his Continental eatery, currently celebrating its 20th year in the City of Brotherly Love.
5. Coya OPEN! 999 Brickell Ave., Miami. Zuma’s Peruvian-influenced sibling opened in late March, complete with a pisco bar.
6. Fooq’s OPEN! 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Owner David Foulquier and chef Nicole Votano have been serving globally inspired feel-good food since late March.
7. Izzy’s: 423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Target opening: June. Chowdah, oysters and more from chef-owner Jamie DeRosa of next-door neighbor Tongue & Cheek.
8. Klima OPEN! 210 23rd St., Miami Beach. A Spanish team opened this spot in March, serving high-end Mediterranean cuisine.
9. Ms. Cheezious OPEN! 7418 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The popular food truck has planted its cheesy roots in a restored 1925 home.
10. NaiYaRa: 1854 Bay Rd., Miami Beach. Target opening: June. Chef Piyarat Arreeratn, aka Chef Bee, of Oishi Thai is waiting for Sunset Harbour’s brutal construction to wrap up before unveiling his new Asian den.
11. PB Station: 121 SE First St., Miami. Target opening: June. The Pubbelly Boys are about to open a modern-American joint in the renovated Langford hotel downtown.
12. Pi OPEN! 124 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The St. Louis-based pizzeria opened in April across from Big Pink in the beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood.
13. Pincho Factory: 4950 W. 12th Ave., Hialeah. Target opening: July 11. The third Pincho outpost, not far from where chef-owner Nedal Ahmad grew up in Hialeah, has an opening date.
14. Schnebly Winery/Miami Brewing Co. OPEN! 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead. Chef Dewey LoSasso has dug in to create all-new food options at this south Miami-Dade destination.
15. Zest: 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Target opening: Fall. The new downtown spot from chef Cindy Hutson (Ortanique) will be serve lunch and dinner daily, with an adjoining market for grab-and-go items.
Recent closures of note: Oak Tavern in the Design District is closing after this weekend to make room for high-end retail/condo development. Chef Douglas Rodriguez is shutting down his De Rodriguez in South Beach after dinner service Thursday. And also in South Beach, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza closed its year-old location at 520 West Ave.; a spokeswoman notes that although the beach spot didn’t work out, the chain will soon open its 50th pizzeria, in North Miami.