OLA, the South Florida mainstay that served creative latin cuisine at the Sanctuary Hotel for fourteen years, until it was damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017, has just reopened at South Beach's Gates Hotel after moving around for a few years. Always a happening place at the Sanctuary, the restaurant hopes to continue its success with a new executive chef, Chris Castro.
So many South Beach joints can seem, well, insanely touristy. From the sidewalk cafes with their gigantic cocktails on Ocean Drive, to the overpriced, underwhelming restaurants of Lincoln Road, it’s easy to write off the whole neighborhood as one giant gastronomic Times Square. There are some real winners that have been around forever, however, and they still haven’t sold out like many South Beach hot spots.
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There were two very different crowds at the reopenings of Doa and Moreno's Cuba, two very different restaurants within blocks of each other on Collins Avenue in South Beach last night. Doa was "refreshed" with a "cozier" interior and outdoor terrace dining, while Moreno's "reopened" at the Dorchester Hotel, after moving from a smaller location at the Riviera Hotel.
The large former Design Within Reach space next to Books & Books, in the rear of Lincoln Road's historic Sterling Building, is slated to become a food hall called the Sterling Market. One of the future tenants, Mr. Bing, the Wynwood shaved ice cream parlor, has already opened in a temporary fashion near the front of the space.
Piola, the Italian restaurant and pizzeria that's been a long-time local favorite and was located just off Lincoln Road on Alton util the landlord jacked up the rent, is reopening at its new location on 7th Street and Washington Avenue in June according to a rep from the restaurant.
The Palace, a South Beach gay bar of legend, notoriety, debauchery, and giddy fun is closing its doors at its current Ocean Drive locale because its new landlord is renovating Palace's home of 20 years and wants the bar out. With an uncertain future ahead, the owners of Palace are currently looking for a new home.