Siena Tavern, the Italian restaurant in South Beach from former Top Chef contestant Fabio Viviani, closed Sunday after less than seven months in business.
The restaurant (404 Washington Ave.) had a sign posted in its window saying it would be “temporarly [sic] closed for maintenance.” Two U-Hauls idled outside Siena Tavern while workers loaded chairs and other items from inside the massive space, formerly a China Grill.
Meanwhile, a recording on the restaurant’s voicemail said it was “closed for the season.” A publicist for Siena Tavern said the restaurant will continue to book private events through the summer with an eye toward an eventual re-opening.
The publicist, Nick D’Annunzio of Tara Ink, acknowledged that Siena Tavern’s vast size may have contributed to its shortfalls, noting that any re-opening would include a “remodel … so that size-wise it’s more conducive to the Miami market.”
Chicago-based Dineamic Hospitality Group opened Siena Tavern here in November and received a two-star Miami Herald / Miami.com review in January followed by a two-star Sun-Sentinel review the next month. A Chicago location opened in 2013 and remains operational.