The restaurant industry is a tough business. In South Florida, where the summer slump after tourist season can often be a kiss of death for many establishments, this is especially true.
The summer might be slow, but it can also provide an opportunity for a new place to establish itself, perfect its menu, and work the kinks out of its service before the busy season puts the pressure on. Those who live here year-round, September is a final chance to hit the hot new spots before it’s a two-hour wait for a table.
Luckily for us, a few new establishments made a grand entrance over the summer in anticipation of the return of season (and all the tourists and snowbirds it brings with it). From a celebrity-owned sports bar to a Miami import that specializes in Peruvian-Japanese fusion — even a restaurant located inside an artists’ compound — this year has already delivered a wide variety of new concepts.