♦ A couple of local food trucks appear to be looking for some bricks, some mortar, and a good parking spot. Last Saturday, Burger Beast announced that the original Latin House Grill would be closing up shop this week but Burger Beast also mentioned talk of a permanent location opening up. And then today, Latin Burger announced on Facebook that Brickell area bar (and possessor of the City’s oldest liquor license) Tobacco Road would be serving up Latin Burger burgers (never fear, their two trucks will continue to roam the streets of Miami). But perhaps this is a sign that the rapid expansion of the food truck industry is beginning to make a u-turn.
♦ Eater Miami reports that old standby The Rusty Pelican reopened yesterday. The restaurant underwent a $7 million renovation, but the biggest surprise may be the menu, which seems a distant cry from the
boring classic items that the restaurant previously served. The revamped menu includes Chilled Coconut Shrimp with “Cotton Candy” and Eel & Foie Gras with Tostones and Soy-Truffle Glaze. In the kitchen is chef Micahel Gilligan, formerly of Solea at the W Hotel (which has since been replaced by The Dutch).
♦ We read a lengthy Bloomberg article on Sam Nazarian and SBE Entertainment (owners of the forthcoming SLS Hotel on South Beach, which will include outposts of The Bazaar by Jose Andres and Katsuya) so that you don’t have to. Nothing new on the Miami front, other than to reiterate an expected opening date in March 2012. (Hat tip: Eater.com)
♦ Finally, we’ll leave you with a YouTube clip to brighten up your day: click here, it’s totally worth it.