Quality Meats, a Manhattan steakhouse staple since 2006, is coming down to the sixth borough, slated to open at 1501 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach in February.
Owner Michael Stillman, who helped open the South Pointe Park location of Smith & Wollensky back in 1997 (his father and business partner, Alan Stillman, founded Smith & Wollensky in 1977, after creating T.G.I. Friday’s), says his Fourth Wall restaurant group has kept its eye on returning to South Florida.
“We loved Miami then, believed in the city and have remained fans and anxiously awaited the right concept, time and space to open,” the younger Stillman says. “We have loved watching Miami grow into a premier city for international business and leisure over the past 20 years.”
Quality Meats’ Miami Beach location, in the Art Deco space that once housed The Bancroft hotel, will marry “a weathered Art Deco aesthetic with the rustic Quality Meats design signatures found in our New York restaurant,” Stillman says.
He predicts the restaurant’s design and menu — created by executive chef-partner Craig Koketsu — will set it apart from Miami’s crowded steakhouse pack.
“On the menu side, we have lots of big cuts on our menu, not so many highly composed dishes with lots of elements,” Stillman says. “We’re getting away from lots of variety and more toward handmade ingredients — making things in house, from our charcuterie to the bitters for our cocktails. Plus, we have parking on South Beach. That alone sets us apart!”