It sounds like Chowdown Grill, the forthcoming restaurant in Surfside whose progress you can track on Facebook, will be continuing the new wave of chef-owned and PR-lite eateries (see, e.g., NAOE and Sakaya Kitchen) where the food speaks for itself. It has all of the hallmarks of a cool neighborhood spot (including an accomplished chef). Aside from one cryptic message that may or may not be the start of a gang war with Sakaya, I’m very much looking forward to Chowdown’s debut.
The chef/owner is a guy named Joshua Marcus, former executive sous chef at BLT Steak. He gave some more info to Eater Miami (the pictures are pre-demolition). The concept is Chinese with an emphasis on fresh and local. And Surfside could probably use some new blood. The buzzards have been circling.