A New Taqueria in Little Havana, Mercato Expands and More New Restaurant OpeningsMarch 18, 2019
Tracking the latest restaurant and bar openings in South Florida
LITTLE HAVANA — While Calle Ocho isn’t exactly lacking in the taqueria department, it seems always welcome to newcomers. The latest to come to the area is El Santo (1620 SW 8th Street), a self-described “kitschy” Mexican restaurant dedicated to one of lucha libre’s most famous luchadores and folk heroes named Santo. The straightforward menu features items like carne asada and al pastor tacos along with guac and quesadillas. A bar is slated to open in the back in the following months.
SOUTH BEACH — The Italian-inspired market Mercato (1701 Purdy Avenue) has expended to Sunset Harbour. The restaurant, which got its start in the Design District in 2013, will offer a similar menu to its mainland counterpart but will offer outdoor seating and the inside communal table will serve as a “bread and breakfast vibe” where visitors and locals alike can interact.
BRICKELL — El Tucan (1111 SW 1st Avenue) is back in Brickell starting tonight. The “reimagined” restaurant will still feature elements of its cabaret past with “surprise” entertainment, including aerialists, singers and dancers performing during dinner. The menu got a revamp as well and now features a variety of Asian-influenced dishes like spicy hamachi tacos, Wagyu sliders, pork belly bao buns, chicken wing lollipops and Chilean sea bass satay.
BRICKELL — Ever dream to drink in a fancy watch shop? Well now those dreams can come to life thanks to new watering hole Bar Journe, located inside of F.P.Journe (270 Biscayne Blvd Way). At the bar guests can sip on a selection of rare and vintage spirits like Suntory Japanese Whiskey from the 1980s, Bacardi Rum from the 1940s, and Moskovskaya Vodka from the 1970s, all while nibbling on jamón Ibérico and Petrossian caviar, of course. For those who want to take their libations up another level, individual and corporate memberships are also available, offering additional benefits and selections with the option to acquire a locker where one can store and access their bottles.