Groot Hospitality is hoping to launch its new dining concept for the old Firestone Tire and Service Center in Miami Beach in early fall. As South Florida continues to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic, Attorney Mickey Marrero, Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes, told the City’s Planning Board the three-restaurant Groot Firestone opening will occur in September – “God willing”—with Winker’s Diner, Sushi Fly Chicken, and Toothfairy Bakery. [UPDATED: After publication, a Groot Hospitality rep said the opening will not be September but is expected to be "Winter 2020." Sorry ... the wait will be a little bit longer.]
Winker’s Diner – “a nod to American diner culture” – will have 173 interior seats and 34 seats outside.
Sushi Fly Chicken, described in the Planning Board application document as a “seedy Japanese inspired sushi fried chicken joint [that] is unexpected, edgy, and urban,” will have 62 seats indoors, 40 outdoors.
Toothfairy is described as, “Bold, graphic, and playful – an about to go viral destination for all things baked.” There is no seating within the bakery area.
At its meeting this month, the Planning Board approved DJ entertainment for the diner Wednesday through Saturday from 8 pm – 1 am and at Sushi Fly Chicken from Wednesday through Saturday 11 pm to 5 am. Entertainment will be prohibited in all outdoor areas
Hours of operation for Winker’s Diner are approved from Sunday through Tuesday, 8 am to 11 pm; Wednesday-Thursday 8 am to 2 am; and Friday-Saturday 8 am to 6 am; Outdoor areas must close by midnight (11 pm Sunday-Tuesday) with allowable background music ceasing by 11 pm nightly.
Sushi Fly Chicken is approved for operation Sunday through Tuesday, 10 am to 2 am; and Wednesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 am. Outdoor areas must close at midnight with allowable background music ending by 11 pm.
Toothfairy operating hours are approved Monday through Friday 7 am to 9 pm and Saturday-Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm.
Restrictions include a total occupancy load of no more than 525. A full menu must be available during all hours of operation and no alcohol can be served between 5 am and 8 am.
The former Firestone Tire and Service Center, built in 1935, is located at 1575 Alton Road, one block from the Lincoln Road pedestrian mall.
David Grutman’s Groot hospitality brands include Komodo in Miami; Swan & Bar Bevy, a partnership with Pharrell Williams located in Miami’s Design District; and Papi Steak located in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood developed in partnership with David “Papi” Einhorn.
Renderings: Groot Hospitality
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