entrepreneur to go with restaurant on Biscayne
Miami Beach restaurateur has plans for a new restaurant and deli at
Biscayne Boulevard and 50th Street.
Deux Fontaines Restaurant Group will follow the success of the upscale
Les Deux Fontaines seafood restaurant in the Hotel Ocean, 1230 Ocean
Drive, with a neighborhood eatery at 5061 Biscayne Blvd., says principal
bought two lots, a motel and an existing apartment building on the
east side of the boulevard," he said. "We're tearing down
the motel for parking and are renovating the other building for a
two-story restaurant and deli."
said the cost of the project will be about $2.5 million.
Lesmarie said he expects approval for a zoning change to clear the
way for the eatery at a Miami City Commission today (10/26) since
there's been no opposition.
said construction will begin after permitting is completed.
everything goes well," Mr. Lesmarie said, "we could be ready
to open sometime in May."
said the success of Soyka's Restaurant Cafă & Bar, which opened at
5556 NE Fourth Ct. just off Biscayne Boulevard in the same area, "showed
me the light."
is the brainchild of News Cafă founder Mark Soyka.
live at Palm Bay Yacht Club," Mr. Lesmarie said. "So I am
really doing a restaurant in my own neighborhood."
said 5061 Eatery, which will seat about 200, will cater to the business
concept combines elements of Perricone's, Power Studios and Houston's,
he said but without music.
client can create his own meal by mixing and matching from an extensive
menu choosing meat or fish, the method of cooking, sauces and
Flanders, vice president and co-founder of the Upper Eastside Miami
Council, which promotes redevelopment of the Biscayne corridor north
of downtown, said the 5061 project represents a number of firsts.
the first motel to be demolished in the history of the boulevard,"
he said. "It's the first total adaptive re-use of a property
and the first development project on the east side of the boulevard
in many years."
said the area of boarded-up businesses and dilapidated hotels is poised
think the primary driving force has always been the performing arts
center," Mr. Flanders said.
center, which is not under way yet and will require at least three
years of construction, will be at Biscayne and 14th Street, making
the boulevard the entry to the city from points north.
Flanders said a recent seminar addressing redevelopment options along
Biscayne focused on adaptive reuses of motels.
city is just beginning to realize," he said, "that stuff
that was built here has architectural merit."