Food halls are the buzzy, new trend for restaurants, and a new one coming to Wynwood this month has a strategy to set itself apart.
1-800-Lucky, opening later this month, is a marketplace of seven restaurants with a mix of national and local names, all with distinct Asian themes. Two of the Coyo Taco founders, Sven Vogtland and Alan Drummond, partnered with Gaby Chiriboga, to open a more upscale version of a food court that they say will offer affordable but refined dishes.
The market is part of a 10,000 square-foot indoor and outdoor space that will also serve as a weekly music venue. It’s connected to a new vinyl record store, Lucky Records, and a funky convenience store that the partners announced several months ago. The team has quietly been working on their concept for three years and will be the first to open in Miami-Dade.
1-800-Lucky’s restaurants will focus on different specialties, including sushi, bao buns, wok dishes, Peking duck and Asian barbecue, ramen, dim sum and desserts.
“Instead of trying to master an art that is not ours, we thought to showcase Asian concepts that offer the most authentic feel,” Drummond said.
The team hired a company to recruit restaurants for 1-800-LUCKY, and found them everywhere from Japan to California to New York, including in South Florida’s backyard. Here’s a look at them:
- Myumi is the newest concept by the Brooklyn restaurant 1 or 8 and will focus on sushi.
- Hayato Miami will be the new home for Japanese chef Keiichi Maemura, who was creating his ramen as a pop up at downtown’s Baby Jane for more than a year. This restaurant will be an extension of his restaurant in Japan which, ironically, sits on a street named Miami.
- Lotus and Cleaver comes from New York, where they specialize in wok-created dishes and Chinese barbecue. They will have two spots to focus on those separate cuisines.
- Banh Mi is the only spot without Asian roots, but it does have a pedigree. Coyo Taco chef and partner Scott Linquist will be trying his hand at the signature Vietnamese sandwiches with a French twist.
- Poke OG brought the Hawaiian raw tuna bowls to Anaheim and will do the same at 1-800-Lucky.
- Yip comes from the founders of Pembroke Pines’ Gold Marquess Fine Chinese Cuisine, who have made a name for themselves in Broward with their dim sum service and will replicate it here.
- Finally, Taiyaki will bring the fun and unique ice cream it serves in fish-shaped waffle cones in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown to the market.
This maketplace/food hall idea is quickly growing among restaurant owners and landlords. It’s a turn-key concept, where the owners build the space and lease it to a vendor who doesn’t have to incur the costs of outfitting a restaurant. They simply move in and start cooking.
It’s similar to the upcoming Time Out Market Miami, which has announced several top Miami chefs and restaurants that will be opening creative new outposts in a space designed for them.
“We saw that trend happening in places like New York and we’re happy to be the first opening down here,” Drummond said.
Wynwod was the ideal location, Drummond said. The former artists’ den has become home to several James Beard Award-nominated food and beverage spots.
They’ve quietly been working on the project for three years.
“We just really felt Wynwood is the most popular spot in Miami and it’s just exploding in the culinary scene,” Drummond said.
1-800-Lucky Asian marketplace