UPDATED: Restaurant closures continue to cut through slow-season Miami

Updated on July 1 to reflect latest closures. 

South Florida restaurants are falling like dominoes as operators struggle to keep up with rents in the slow summer season. 

Almost 20 highly visible restaurants have shuttered in the past two months. The latest closures:

Maiko Sushi, 1225 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Opened in 1992, closed in June. 

Luca Bella, 19088 NE 29th Ave., Aventura. Opened in September 2011, closed in May.

Pi Pizzeria, 124 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Opened in April, closed in June

L’echon Brasserie, 6261 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Opened in June 2014, closed July 1.

Epicure, 4711 Le Jeune Rd., Coral Gables. Opened in December 2013, closed in June

Campania, 4029 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Opened in January, closed in June.

Fish Fish Restaurant & Bar, 13488 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami. Opened in 2013, closed in June. Did its part to keep invasive lionfish at bay.  

Ted’s at YoungArts2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Opened in December; closed in June.  

Barceloneta, 5850 Sunset Dr., South Miami: “We look forward to continuing to serve our guests at Barceloneta South Beach (1400 20th St.), and thank our loyal customers for their support,” says co-owner Manuel Suarez-Inclan.

OTC, 1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami: “OTC has had a great run,” says owner Michael Sullivan, who promises to have a new concept coming later this year.  

Red Pizza, 1260 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.*

Habanos, 1200 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.*

Top Burger, 764 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. A downtown location (109 NE First Ave.) remains open. 

Recently reported closings

Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, 520 West Ave., Miami Beach.

De Rodriguez, 101 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach.

Khong River House, 1661 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach.

La Gloutonnerie, 81 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.

Porfirio’s, 850 Commerce St., Miami Beach.

Siena Tavern, 404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.

Serendipity 3, 1102 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.  

Oak Tavern, 35 NE 40th St., Miami. 

* The 1200-1300 blocks of Washington Avenue are looking especially barren. The recent closings of Red Pizza and Habanos added vacant storefronts to a stretch that includes the long-closed Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub and the emptied-out Escopazzo, which packed up in December after 21 years in business

Not all is gloom and doom on the beach, however. New restaurants continue to emerge, including the recent arrival of Red Ginger (736 First St.) and the newly opened Cantinho Beach Bar (40 South Pointe Dr.) and Buon Pane Italian bakery (729 Fifth St.), all in South Beach.
The team behind Macchialina will open an Asian restaurant called Bazi (1200 Collins Ave.) this summer, Izzy’s Fish & Oyster (423 Washington Ave.) has pushed back its opening to sometime after July 4, and the new Mediterranean spot Byblos (1545 Collins Ave.) will open July 17. 

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