Siena Tavern closes after six months in South Beach

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 / review in January followed by a two-star Sun-Sentinel review the next month. A Chicago location opened in 2013 and remains operational.