Miami’s latest set of openings include Rolled from the creators of Night Owl Cookies; an underwater-themed restaurant and lounge in Brickell; the second location of the Miami-based Imperial Moto Café in the Aventura Mall; and Major Food Group’s latest Contessa restaurant.
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111 NE 40th Street, Miami
After a series of restaurant openings, including ZZ’s Club in the Miami Design District, Carbone and HaSalon in Miami Beach, Dirty French Steakhouse in Brickell and Sadelle’s in Coconut Grove, New York-based Major Food Group is back with the recently opened Contessa in the Design District. The two-story restaurant was designed to transport guests to Lake Como by offering authentic northern Italian cuisine. Dishes include quality imported Italian meats and artisan products, artisan pastas, signature pizzas and an extensive homemade ice cream program. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. From Wednesday to Sunday.
Motorcycle Cafe Imperial
19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
Founded in Miami’s Little River, Imperial Moto Café brings together two things: coffee and motorcycles. Since opening in 2016, the business has grown, bringing with it a new flagship store to Aventura Mall. The idea: to expand Imperial Moto’s influence beyond specialty coffee and motorcycles and deeper into the world of fashion. Recently, the company welcomed design director and former design assistant at Yeezy Elle Barbeito, who gained notoriety for her eponymous line of unique Burmese python and leather apparel and accessories. For Imperial’s fall/winter collection, expect a varsity-style bomber jacket, vintage-inspired motorcycle gloves, tailored outerwear, wool beanies, bandanas and more. sets that will be available in November. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
10534 SW Eighth St., Miami
Miami’s newest dessert shop, Rolled, has opened in a former Night Owl Cookies space. The restaurant’s founder, Andrew Gonzalez, has transformed one of his cookie shops into a new evolutionary brand associated with the ambiance of a cafe and his vision of artisanal cinnamon rolls. As with Night Owl, the Rolled menu features 10 unique flavors, only two of which contain cinnamon. Think tres leches, Funfetti cake, guava y queso, and even a Night Owl cookie-infused cookie dough roll. Don’t miss the “Cafecito”, a coffee-infused bun from Per’La Roasters. Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
1110 S Miami Avenue, Miami
Over a year in the planning, Wet Miami – a Rex Gryphon underwater-themed restaurant and entertainment venue – has opened in Brickell. The two-level restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Millecento building. Guests can choose between steaks, including A-5 Japanese Kobe, or freshly caught fish served whole and roasted at the table. Signature menu items include the charred Kraken (an octopus cooked according to Mediterranean traditions and served with candied purple potatoes, salsa verde and crispy capers) and the “Golden Fish”, a Dover sole topped with 24 carat gold. A separate bar and lounge provide entertainment and a bespoke beverage program. Beyond simple dining, Wet’s food, drinks and entertainment can also be enjoyed from several “wetsuite” VIP tables perched above the dining area in the restaurant’s mezzanine lounge. Open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily.