Almost 5 years after opening and becoming one of Mimo’s restaurant hot spots, The Fed, formerly known as The Federal Food, Drink and Provisions, quietly closed its doors Sunday after owners Cesar Zapata and Ani Meinhold decided not to renew its lease.
The duo rebranded the restaurant in April from a Southern-concept to a healthier one. They will now focus on the long awaited, pop-up-turned-permanent concept Phuc Yea, slated to open at 7100 Biscayne Blvd. later this year.
“The Fed was the result of two people with a passion to create great food in an unpretentious setting,” said Meinhold “It was something we wanted to share with the community and it had a great run.”
The tweaking, unfortunately, didn’t bring the place the business they had hoped it would.
“The rebrand was intentional in every sense – it was both to revive the brand, but also an effort to drive sales back into the restaurant. The way people were eating changed and we thought that was directly affecting our business,” said Meinhold. “Unfortunately we didn’t see the uptick we were hoping for; this combined with our lease being up for renewal and the long awaiting opening of Phuc Yea just around the bend pushed us to make a conscious, but hard decision to not renew the lease.”
In the five years the restaurant was open it received national recognition from Food & Wine magazine and appeared on television networks such as Food Network and Bravo.
“Having a restaurant is like nothing else in the world. You interact with so many people and you touch so many folks by just feeding them, chatting with them and laughing with them,” said Meinhold. “We hope we can do the same at Phuc Yea and look forward to continuing to serve our community.”