Uchi, executive chef/partner Tyson Cole’s Japanese mainstay in Austin, has come a long way since opening in its namesake bungalow—uchi means “house” in Japanese—in 2003. The hospitality brand has grown to several cities and additional concepts including the arrival of an Uchi outpost in Wynwood this month. Signature bites range from hot rock-heated wagyu beef to fried milk.
Charlie & Joe’s at Love Street
Following in the footsteps of Jupiter waterside hits like 1000 North and the Pelican Club, Charlie & Joe’s at Love Street opens early February. Developer Charlie Modica and NFL legend Joe Namath’s mixed-used property features several dining options: Lucky Shuck oyster bar and taphouse, the Tacklebox seafood market, Beacon restaurant for American fare, and rooftop bar Topside for tapas and tiki drinks.
Henry’s Palm Beach
The Breakers expands its footprint on the island with the nearby Via Flagler by The Breakers. Among its shops and eateries awaits Henry’s Palm Beach, an all-day American bistro for classic dishes (Dover sole, stone crabs, chicken pot pie) as well as daily specials. The Breakers’s go-to designer Adam D. Tihany crafted a fitting homage to founder Henry Morrison Flagler.
Rick Mace, who helmed Café Boulud Palm Beach’s kitchen for seven years, is striking out on his own with Tropical Smokehouse. Located in West Palm Beach, the aptly named concept borrows from Caribbean cuisine. Smoked local seafood, Cuba’s medianoche sandwich and Jamaican jerk proteins are elevated, as would be expected from a fine dining chef. His joint bows in January.
Major Food Group is right behind its Florida-moving New York clientele. The restaurant empire’s ambitious rollout includes four locations throughout Miami and Miami Beach. Carbone, its Italian-American hit favorite, opens in Upland’s former space South of Fifth very soon. A Brickell steakhouse and two Design District concepts—an Italian trattoria and Japanese sushi bar and lounge—are slated by year’s end.
Red Rooster Overtown
With his exotic background, Marcus Samuelsson fits right in with Miami’s melting pot. The Harlem-based chef and TV personality’s famous Red Rooster finally launched in the Overtown neighborhood. While tucking into comfort food (fried chicken with hot honey and pigeon peas, sour orange-marinated pork ribs, grilled yellowtail snapper with gooseberry salsa), diners are treated to live musicians and dj sets.