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What To Expect In Brickell In April 2017

A look at what is to come in Brickell during April 2017. 

Swire Properties Inc., Simon Property Group, and Whitman Family Development have partnered with Special Olympics Florida to host the first annual Shopping Olympics at the Brickell City Centre on Saturday, April 1, 2017 (4 PM to 9 PM). Upon arrival, participants will be welcomed with a shopping passport with 20 spaces: When a purchase is made at the store designated to a space, the shopper will receive a stamp of “completion.” Shoppers who secure 20 stamps will be eligible to enter the Shopping Olympics raffle whose prizes include a one-week Norwegian vacation for two, a two-night stay at EAST, Miami, and more.  Click here for ticket information.


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Chef Wolfgang Birk of Area 31.

Menu Trotting with Chef Wolfgang Birk continues in April at Area 31 with Northern Italy and the Spanish Basque Country. During the evening, chef will craft limited-edition menu offerings from the globally curated culinary regions. The four course meal is priced at $55 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), with an optional wine pairing available for an additional $20 per person. The Menu Trotting series will be available from Monday through Sunday on the last week of the month. Upcoming April dates and regions include:

Monday, March 27 – Sunday, April 2 – Northern Italy

Monday, April 24 – Sunday, April 30 – Basque Country/Spain

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Modern OM is hosting a mass meditation at Brickell City Centre on Earth Day (Saturday, April 22, 2017) at 8:45 AM. In addition to raising the community vibe, specific retailers will be hosting Earth Day-related perks and activations. The day’s schedule runs as follows.

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Doors open and tea served

9:20 AM – 10 AM Earth Day Meditation, led by Luchi Estevez and Jennifer Grace

10 AM – 11 AM Opening of Modern ŌM Popup Store

Click here to RSVP.


The Top Brickell News From March 2017

These stories shaped Brickell and Downtown Miami during the month of March. Want to jump ahead? Here’s what to expect in Brickell during April 2017. 

The largest Apple store in Florida opened inside the Brickell City Centre on March 25, 2017.

Mark your calendars: The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science celebrates its grand opening in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on Monday, May 8, 2017.

The in-construction Panorama building–now Miami’s tallest building–caught fire on the 60th floor on March 24, 2017.

Another Ultra Music Festival has come and gone. Check out the amazing set designs on World Red Eye. (Feature image: Belvedere x Noisey: Behind the Scene” party aboard The Grand Floridian yacht docked in Downtown Miami.)

Get a look at World Resorts’ proposal to redevelop the Omni terminal. March also marked the opening of Omni Park: Follow them on Facebook for park events and updates.

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Photo via Omni Park’s Facebook.







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New Brickell Restaurants To Try Now

These recently revealed restaurants are Brickell’s new fantastic four. From buzzed about pizza to reimagined Japanese, we recommend visiting these spots as soon as possible. 

Mister O1

“That famous hidden place” with the infamous name change has opened a second location–Brickell’s Mister O1 (formally known as Visa O1) outpost sits on South Miami Avenue, not far from Mary Brickell Village. That means no more schlepping to Miami Beach for a bite of their star pizza or loaded calzone. A Wynwood location is also coming soon.


The River Yacht Club has opened Dashi, a progressive Japanese concept backed by Chef Shuji Hiyakawa–a protégé of Iron Chef Morimoto. The waterside restaurant features delicate but delicious hot and cold plates, including mouth-melting white fish karaage and an equally lovely sea bass miso. Don’t skip dessert, either: Sesame chocolates and a tofu custard are delightful finishes. (Feature image: Scallops and caviar)

Big Easy Winebar & Grill

A taste of South Africa has come to Brickell City City with Big Easy Winebar & Grill. The joint venture between Ernie Els (the former world’s top golfer who was affectionately nicknamed “The Big Easy” due to his stature) and Grove Bay Hospitality Group. The bustling bar flaunts multiple TVs while the dining area keeps things warm and inviting with amber lighting. Order up the bison, risotto, and flatbread to leave feeling satisfied.


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Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

YAKU by La Mar

YAKU by La Mar is now open on the Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s northern terrace. The outdoor space emphasizes Peruvian-inspired punches and bites, including classic cebiche and mussels: Don’t skip the quinoa burger (the featured photo). The concept brings a social element to La Mar’s waterside location.



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The Apple Store Brickell City Centre Opens March 25

The rumors are true: Brickell City Centre is getting its own Apple Store and it is set to open on March 25, 2017 at 10 AM on the shopping centre’s second floor. Construction workers are onsite around the clock to get the latest tech outpost up and running: We spotted them working as late as 11 PM on March 15. The announcement is live on the Apple website. broke the retail news, highlighting first-time perks that the new Brickell location will offer: There will be a group of “Creative Pros,” a “Boardroom,” and “The Forum.” The overall idea is to create a hub-like experience.

Senior Market Director for Apple Retail, Enrique Atienza, explained each concept to Apple’s “Creative Pros” are specialists in their fields–“We have photographers, bakers, comedians, we even have a fire dancer.”– that were tapped to show shoppers how Apple products can help them maximize their businesses, passions, and endeavors. goes on to explain Apple’s “Boardroom” and “The Forum.”

“Apple Brickell City Centre will also have the first Boardroom in the Miami. This is a spot reserved for entrepreneurs, developers and business customers to get hands-on advice and training which could potentially become a hub for downtown’s burgeoning financial sector.

Another exciting feature is The Forum, a gathering space anchored by a video wall that will host educational events for kids and teachers, sessions for tech creatives, game nights and other programming, premieres and workshops with visiting tech experts, artists and musicians.”

Apple’s presence will be the most prominent opening since Brickell City Centre’s November 2016 unveiling. Other recent debuts include Acqua di Parma and Kendra Scott. MAC, Zara, and Centrale–a three story Italian food emporium–will open by year’s end.




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What To Expect In Brickell In March

Business & Real Estate

The Apple Store Brickell City Centre opens March 25.

After a slew of setbacks and rumors, the publicity team behind CMX has informed us that the movie theater will finally open its doors at Brickell City Centre in March.

Wellness & Hotels

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s monthly Digital Wellness Retreat takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Toss the phone for a few hours and enjoy a seaside escape.


The Miami Film Festival is screening films across the city from March 3-12, 2017.

The UnderLounge returns on March 11, 2017 nodding all things biking, fitness, and community. The family friendly event is free and open to the public.

Prepare for neon and traffic: Ultra takes over Bayfront Park from March 24-26, 2017.

James Beard Award-Winning Chef Michelle Bernstein will host this year’s Taste of Tennis, taking place at W Miami on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Expect eats by the city’s best, including Aaron Brooks (EDGE Steak & Bar), Alex Diaz (Tamarina), and Clark Bowen (DB Bistro Moderne).

Over in Key Biscayne, the Miami Open rings in another year of athletic greatness beginning March 20, 2017.

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The Underline’s UnderLounge Returns March 11

The March return of The Underline ‘s UnderLounge will celebrate all things biking and community. Backed by Baptist Health South Florida, the free family festival will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, featuring food vendors, live music, interactive art classes, and fitness sessions like Zumba and yoga. UnderStyle, a pop-up “runway” will flaunt fashionable bikers riding through the area in fitness apparel provided by Brickell City Centre retailers like Lululemon and Harmont & Blaine.

Bike 305 will bike the The Underline to the UnderLounge from the Dadeland North to Brickell Metrorail Station at 11 AM. Uber is also offering $2 off an UberPOOL to new users who use the code UNDERBIKE.

To RSVP, please visit the UnderLounge on Eventbrite. Keep track with updates via the event’s Facebook.

Schedule of UnderLounge Events


12:15 PM – 12:45 PM: Yoga

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Kids Bike Rodeo

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM: Bootcamp

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Yoga

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM: Zumba

UnderStyle Fashion Show

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


12: 00 PM – 4:00 PM


12:00 PM – 4:00 PM


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Elastic Bond

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: DJ sets

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: PALO!

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: RioALuna

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February’s Top Brickell News

An ongoing roundup of the top stories surrounding Brickell and Downtown Miami’s real estate, business, and lifestyle news. 


Splacer, a Tel Aviv-based venue search platform, has launched in Miami. The website gives event seekers rates by the hour and allows browsers to filter options by location, facilities, and party size. Read more about it South Florida Business Journal.

Events has the scoop on where to find your favorite Brickell and Miami chefs during this week’s SOBEWFF.

The Miami International Boat Show has come and gone, but not without leaving behind some stellar seaside photos. Curbed Miami highlights the weekend’s best snaps.

Real Estate

Miami-Dade County has released new details surrounding overarching Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) plan, which would connect Miami’s inland with Miami Beach. Miami Today News has the details.

Food & Drink

YAKU by La Mar (main photo), a new waterfront bar and lounge at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, is now open on the property’s north terrace.

Per Eater Miami, Deme Lomas of Downtown Miami’s under-the-radar NIU Kitchen has earned a James Beard nomination for Best Chef South. Eater also got a look inside Brickell’s new French restaurant, La Petite Maison.


Mandarin Oriental, Miami has earned its fifth consecutive triple Five Star Forbes Travel Guide Rating. Included in the coveted ranking is the hotel, the Spa and veteran fine dining outpost, Azul.





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Brickell City Centre Is Offering Free Rides To The Boat Show

Brickell City Centre has partnered with the Miami International Boat Show to offer complimentary water taxi rides to and from Key Biscayne’s Miami Marine Stadium (93501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149) for event ticket holders. From February 16-20, 2017, attendees may park their cars for free for up to six hours inside the Brickell City Centre’s parking garage (located at 701 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL, 33131) and then catch the Freebee shuttle at 7th Avenue and South Miami Avenue (see map below). Shuttles will transport guests to the water taxi dock at the Icon Brickell and then proceed to the Stadium. A pop-up VIP lounge can be found on the Brickell City Centre’s second floor: Here, guests can kick back with light bites and refreshments.

The daily schedules run as follows:

Freebee shuttles will run from 9 AM to 8 PM.

Water taxis will run from the Icon from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, with return taxis running from 9 AM to 7 PM. 

The VIP lounge will be open from 9 AM to 8 PM.

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Freebee map for Brickell City Centre.

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The Brickell City Centre Freebee.



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Where To Spend Valentine’s Day In Brickell & Downtown Miami

From five-star haunts to riverside hideaways, here’s where to dine in Brickell and Downtown Miami for Valentine’s Day. 

Mandarin Oriental

Brickell Key’s marquee hotel is hosting Valentine’s Day dinners at Azul and La Mar by Gastón Acurio and a limited-time overnight package. Priced at $220 per couple without champagne or $300+ per couple with a bottle Piper Heidsieck, the luxurious sit down features an oyster and caviar amuse brioche, three courses, and a dessert. La Mar has crafted individual platings, including the “Tiradito Passion” ($28) and “Langosta Acebichada” ($69).  The Mandarin Oriental’s Romance Package (beginning at $837) runs through February, providing a one-night stay with in-room champagne upon arrival, breakfast for two, and dinner at one of the two restaurants.

Big Easy Winebar & Grill 

The Brickell City Centre’s newest haunt is serving a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner with South African-inspired eats for $160 per couple (excluding tax and gratuity). Start the evening with a bison tartare in smoked oyster emulsion or with olive oil poached octopus carpaccio, then get hearty with a double lamb chop with Brussels sprouts or filet mignon with lobster and curry sabayon.  


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Quinto La Huella’s main interior bar. Photo courtesy of Quinto La Huella.

Quinto La Huella

Go Uruguayan this Valentine’s Day with a three-course, prix fixe menu for $75 per person. Nosh on veal chop a la parrilla and Quinto La Huella’s signature volcan de dulce de leche dessert. Price does not include beverages, taxes, or service charges.

River Yacht Club

Dine along the Miami River while taking in a Burlesque performance by Erika Moon this Valentine’s Day at the River Yacht Club.  A special à la carte dinner plays into the holiday with heart-shaped tuna tartare, oysters in a champagne jelly, and a passion fruit dessert.

Level 1

The newly opened Level 1 bar and lounge is hosting live music by Gu Fidelis and serving a three-course, prix fixe menu ($60) with offerings like crab au gratin, beef carpaccio, and pear ravioli with gorgonzola and truffles. The meal closes with a chocolate mousse and banana brûlée.


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Candela Gastrobar’s interior. Photo courtesy of Candela Gastrobar.

Candela Gastrobar 

The Peruvian hangout tucked inside Mary Brickell Village is serving one appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $65. The options include ceviche, seared corvina, and passion fruit nougat.


A candlelit riverside seating awaits at Seaspice. The holiday specials include caviar on toasted brioche with crab and local strawberry gazpacho, seared scallops with fennel jam and preserved grapefruit, and grilled Maine lobsterExecutive Pastry Chef Jill Montinola’s new dessert, “A Woman’s Sigh”–made with dulce mousse, port gelée, passion fruit, and marshmallow–also debuts.

Toro Toro 

Indulge in hamachi ceviche, yellow corn crusted scallops, braised short rib, and more at Toro Toro’s three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $59. Patrons can upgrade to a champagne pairing for an additional $35.


Chef Bryan Rojas has reimagined the menu in honor of Valentine’s Day. The night’s additions include cast iron foie gras, braised leeks, and a saffron pot de crème. Pair the sumptuous dishes with Fooq’s extensive Growers Champagnes list.

Area 31

Sea food fare reigns at Area 31, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Executive Chef Wolfgang Birk’s three-course dinner ($70) flaunts king crab tiradito, striped bass bouillabaisse, and a red velvet cupcake paired with Taittinger Champagne.



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First Look at Brickell City Centre’s Italian Food Emporium


Renderings of Brickell City Centre‘s forthcoming Italian food market, culinary school, and eatery have hit the internet: La Centrale will open Fall 2017 with three stories worth of cafes, counters, and products inspired by 20 of the country’s famed regions. The 38,000 square foot concept mimics that of the wildly successful New York-based Italian hub, Eataly.


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Photo courtesy of La Centrale.

Brickell’s food-focused emporium will feature an enoteca, espresso bar, indoor garden, and gelato shop, with its second floor dedicated to various restaurants and food stations. Baked goods and freshly made pastas will be available to take home.


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Photo courtesy of La Centrale.

Read more about food: Here’s where to find Brickell’s best chefs during Food Network’s and The Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival. 

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Photo courtesy of La Centrale.