Now that road-construction woes have eased somewhat in South Beach, new restaurants are steadily popping up along the Alton Road and West Avenue corridor.
* The biggest: Soho Bay (pictured), a long-awaited — it was slated to open last summer — 180-seat Japanese restaurant at 520 West Ave., in the Bentley Bay South condominium. The Brazil-based Soho has eight locations in that country; Soho Bay will be the chain’s first in the United States when it opens sometime next month. Antonio Quindere, mentioned in last February’s press materials as being Soho Bay’s chef, is apparently no longer with the restaurant. The opening chef in Miami Beach will be Ricardo Sauri, who previously was executive chef of Khong River House. Expect sushi and sashimi, noodles and rice, a large selection of sake and “a cocktail program complete with molecular-science techniques.”
* Nearby, the former Dewey’s Tavern (852 Alton Rd.) is set to reopen “sometime between Christmas and New Year’s,” says a worker hammering away at the space on Friday. Unclear what the new bar will be called, but here’s hoping they keep the beer as cold and as cheap as Dewey’s did.
* Across the street from Dewey’s, David’s Cafe is prepping to open at 919 Alton Rd., in what used to be Avila-Tei sushi restaurant.
* And that’s just a stone’s throw from the new Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, which Miami.com reported will open Dec. 29 at 1220 16th St.
South Beach eaters, get your forks ready.
UPDATE (12/21): Add one more to this list: La Savina opens Jan. 5 inside the Mondrian South Beach at 1100 West Ave. Chef de cuisine Gabriel Cruz will be cooking Spanish-influenced food under the direction of Morgans Hotel Group corporate chef Tien Ho (formerly of Momofuku). Look for fresh crudos, grilled meats and fish, and “the best seasonal vegetables in South Florida,” with a not-too-shabby panoramic view of Biscayne Bay. An adjacent sister outlet, Café Savina, will serve coffee, wine, pastries, charcuterie and cocktails for breakfast, lunch and beyond. lasavinamiami.com.