♦ We aren’t getting an Ace Hotel here in Miami but the Indian Creek Hotel on South Beach is going to be renovated and reopening as an upscale hostel (note the errant ‘s’ in that word) that is owned by the same folks who own the Ace Hotel in NYC and Palm Springs. But here’s the fun part–the Sydell Group’s properties include the following restaurants: The Breslin Bar and Dining Room, The John Dory Oyster Bar, No. 7 Sub, and others. Anticipated opening date: Fall 2012.
♦ Omphoy. That’s the sound we made when we learned that Michelle Bernstein is closing her Palm Beach restaurant, Michelle Bernstein’s at the Omphoy Ocean Resort. Clean Plate Charlie, the food blog of the Broward/Palm Beach New Times, breaks it down.
♦ Eater Miami reports that a new pop-up is going to open, courtesy of Giorgio Rapicavoli, formerly of 660 at the Angler’s and a recent winner on the TV show Chopped. Located in Coral Gables, the temporary restaurant is called Eating House and it will operate out of Cafe Ponce at 804 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Check out the ‘sample menu’ here.
♦ Last but not least, Eater.com created this great graphic of nine “big name chefs” who have opened up restaurants in the Caribbean. My favorite drinking game is to try to pin a tail on chef Michael Schwartz’s disembodied head. Have at it, drunkards: