Michael Schwartz is opening his first waterfront restaurant, Amara at Paraiso, in November at 3101 NE 7th Ave.
It will be the James Beard Award-winning chef’s fourth restaurant concept (Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, Fi’lia, Harry’s Pizzeria), and the first to channel Miami’s bold Latin American flavors, with a special focus on coastal ingredients.
“Amara at Paraiso is about the dynamic energy, local ingredients, and natural beauty that defines why we live here and why so many love to visit,” Schwartz says in a release. “We are in the unique position to bring it all together, a sense of place that can only exist here. It’s our love letter to Miami and why we are proud to call it home.”
The open kitchen’s wood grill and Josper charcoal grill oven will churn out freshly-grilled, sprouted flatbreads, hand-formed pastries, sizzling, smoky platters of specialty cuts of meats and fresh, local seafood.
The upcoming restaurant will not be far from his late Midtown Cypress Tavern, which twice earned 3 1/2 star (Excellent) Miami Herald reviews. Schwartz, who has expanded his Harry’s Pizzerias to Coconut Grove and Downtown Dadeland with more expected, also is planning an as-yet-unnamed restaurant in Coconut Grove.