With Fox’s Sherron Inn closing today, another dong tolls in the death knoll of Miami’s beloved eating institutions. While never a favorite of the Miami Dining Examiner, her Uncle Jack frequented Fox’s Sherron Inn for its prime rib night, as did her mother in law. This pitch dark spot was also a UM student hangout, with a walk up window to buy liquor. It was one of the longest surviving restaurants in Miami, having been in operation 69 years.
Fox’s Sherron Inn has been purchased by a Venezuelan businessman who’s turning the location into mixed commercial and residential buildings. Fox’s Sherron Inn joins Tobacco Road and New Chinatown as Miami institutions that have been bulldozed to make room for developer’s new projects. Miami’s Best Pizza, after months of threatening to close, finally did this year. The issue with Miami’s Best Pizza, around for 44 years, was a raise in rent. Although there was talk of it opening in a new location, as of today, there has been no news of it actually happening.
Other recent Miami restaurant closings have been popular Khong River House, Siena Tavern (in the former China Grill location) and Kris Wessel’s tribute to gluten-free, healthy eating- Oolite. In South Miami, Pizza Rustica, Wok Masters and Barceloneta have also closed. Luckily, if diners miss Pizza Rustica and Barceloneta, they have counterparts on the Beach.
In Coral Gables, a foodie haven, there’s been a rash of closings. Roma Eats, 10 Fruits, Energy Kitchen, French Pause and L.Hardy have all left the Gables.
But all is not lost, Miami diners.
With two pizza places closing in South Miami, the Mellow Mushroom has opened on Sunset Drive. While Energy Kitchen, serving healthy fast food in the Gables has closed, Temple- “a whole food plant based kitchen” has opened in South Miami. It offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with items such as smoothies, juices, soup, salad and even a children’s menu.
Rice House of Kabob, a Persian grill chain, has opened on South Dixie Highway. The Middle Eastern food is available for eating in or delivery. The Miami Dining Examiner recently visited Istanbul, Turkey and wondered why there wasn’t Middle Eastern fast fare in the States. Here it is. There are also lunch specials, from $6.65 to $10.25 available.
While Wok Masters on Red Road served tasty Asian fare (the Miami Dining Examiner loved their won ton soup), it never seemed to have much of a following. La Table du Marche, by Christophe Leroy, has taken it’s place. With food “in the spirit of St. Tropez”, the menu offers classic French dishes, entrees, sandwiches and a champagne bar. Unfortunately, it’s closed for vacation until August 20th.
Jake and the Cake has taken over the spot of Pizza Rustica, a former KFC. Besides desserts and baked goods, Jake and the Cake offers salads, sandwiches, pizzas and smoothies.
In Coral Gables, when one restaurant closes, many more open. Piripi, meaning “tipsy” in Spanish, has opened in Merrick Park, as has Brasserie Central (to mixed reviews) from the folks of Pascal’s on Ponce. While a couple Italian places closed in Coral Gables, Fratellino Ristorante has taken the spot where French Pause once served open faced crepes. Diners can now say Si, instead of Oui in this location on Miracle Mile.
So Miami Diners, don’t cry over the restaurant closings. Rejoice in the new ones and go out and try some!
As a side note, the Miami Dining Examiner is making a plea for someone to open a good Chinese restaurant in the South Miami/Coral Gables/Palmetto Bay area. The much beloved New Chinatown is gone and there doesn’t seem to be a replacement. Tropical Chinese is good, but rather a hike to get to. With Chinese food being the number one cuisine ordered at restaurants (according to Parade magazine), why can’t diners find a decent one in Miami?
Stay tuned for the Miami Dining Examiner’s future articles on Miami dining institutions.