Luxe by SHGM is open at the Casino @ Dania Beach.
Enjoy the most spectacular buffet style dining experience you’ve ever had in an elegant and tasteful environment you have to see to believe.
Luxe features a wide selection of delicious specialties meticulously prepared by our master chefs.
Enjoy international flavors along with classic favorites for a meal so satisfying, you will want seconds.
6pm – 11pm
Broward’s Best Brunch
11am – 4pm
featuring Bottomless Mimosas
Coming soon at Dania Beach Casino….Luxe by SHGM
The Pink Tiki is open daily inside the Seacoast Suites at 5101 Collins Avenue. Chefs Michael B. Jacobs and Laurent Isaure of Strategic Hospitality Group are leading the endeavor.
WHAT: The Hidden Kitchen and The Pink Tiki.
Freshly opened at its new home in the Seacoast Suites, The Hidden Kitchen — Miami’s premier underground dining experience — is back with a new concept: The Pink Tiki. “It’s a great place for drinks, snack foods and recovering from the sun,” chef-partner Michael B. Jacobs said of the new poolside project with a Miami vibe. The Tiki has already started hosting theme parties and more, so be sure to sign up for the mailing list for the latest event updates.
As The Tiki heats up, look for The Hidden Kitchen to begin a new season of food programming soon. It’s a unique place for professional chefs and Miami foodies to collaborate, where restaurateurs test out new dishes and concepts, and brands connect with engaged locals for specialty beer, wine or cocktail tastings, cooking demonstrations, and interactive dinners. The venue also is open for birthday parties, cooking classes, holidays and more.
WHERE: Seacoast Suites, 5101 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.
WHEN: The Pink Tiki is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., poolside at the Seacoast Suites. The Hidden Kitchen events to be announced soon.
WHO: Michael B. Jacobs and Laurent Isaure.
Jacobs, a veteran of Michelin-starred restaurants and caterer to high-profile celebrity clients, graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island and apprenticed under the legendary chef Terrance Brennan of Picholine in New York City and in some of the world’s best kitchens. Jacobs was instrumental in placing South Florida on the international culinary map as executive chef of Tantra Restaurant and Lounge in South Beach and later as consulting chef of Grass in Miami’s Design District, his cooking garnering praise in the Miami Herald and The New York Times as well as leading to stints on Food Network competitions. Jacobs also spent time feeding LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the entire championship Miami Heat roster as the NBA team’s official food-service provider. As CEO of Miami Beach-based Strategic Hospitality Group and chef/partner of The Hidden Kitchen, Jacobs is able to blend his business interest of culinary consulting with his love of cooking and interacting with guests.
Isaure, a native of France, began his hospitality career at a young age, while attending Le Mans University. He worked in prestigious restaurants, learning every job from server and bartender to host and general manager. Isaure’s career has taken him to New York, where he managed Red/Chaise Lounge, to Tokyo, where he was a produce partner in Fab Universal, IFFM and LAIFF, and Paris, where he is owner and founder of Yume Japanese restaurant. In 2010, Isaure joined Jacobs in Miami Beach as partner of Strategic Hospitality Group. Isaure utilizes his vast knowledge and experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries for the benefit of clients, including new restaurants, under- or non-performing restaurants, high-end caterers and concierge providers, and event-production companies.
ABOUT: Strategic Hospitality Group Miami is a full-service consulting firm with solutions custom-tailored to meet the needs of its clients in Hotel, Restaurant and Foodservice operations. Based in Miami Beach, SGHM also runs The Hidden Kitchen and The Pink Tiki.
The 19th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival
Get ready for the 19th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival presented by Carnival Cruise Lines, an interactive celebration benefiting SafeSpace, the Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels, and the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. 90’s HEAT THROWBACK will be a basketball extravaganza for the whole family – a music and food festival headlined by your Miami HEAT!!!! Parcel B by the Bay will be transformed into the 1990’s, featuring multiple live sets headlined by your favorite 1990’s stars along with bites from your favorite South Florida restaurants, catering to ears and palates alike.
The event will take place on Sunday, March 20th from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Parcel B by the Bay behind the AmericanAirlines Arena located at 601 Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami. To purchase tickets or to make a donation, call 786-777-4420 or email Akemi Maehama at AMaehama@heat.com. You may also purchase your tickets online by clicking here.
The Miami HEAT Family Festival, which is the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund’s largest annual fundraiser, is a themed, interactive, carnival-like celebration during which HEAT players, coaches, celebrities and families come together for a day of fun, family and feasting. The Festival includes a dining extravaganza featuring the top restaurants and chefs from all over South Florida. Families enjoy countless interactive activities with HEAT players, coaches and their families, providing a memorable experience for guests of all ages.
The entire Miami HEAT team and coaching staff will participate in the festivities, which include interactive opportunities with the team, a food court with delicacies from over 40 of South Florida’s finest restaurants, appearances by DJ Irie, the Miami HEAT Dancers, Burnie the mascot, in-arena P.A. announcer, Michael B., the Golden Oldies, a silent auction and much more.
Make like a big-time captain on a yachtie’s salary.
Courtesy of River Yacht Club
Legendary comedian Groucho Marx famously quipped, “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member,” which is why he’d likely not want to belong to the River Yacht Club.
The rest of Miami, however, might be interested in the new membership-driven culinary/lifestyle venue, set to open February 17 at 401 SW Third Ave. in the Miami River District. The luxury complex consists of a restaurant, outdoor garden, lounge, boat marina, and luxury yacht showroom (in case your annual bonus was exceptionally generous last year).
Building a tony yacht club at this particular location might seem like a gamble at first glance. Right now, the neighborhood, home to José Martí Park, holds few delights for the upscale, jet-setting crowd the club seeks to entertain. But, like much of Miami, the area is quickly changing.
In April 2015, developer Avra Jain purchased the Miami River Inn at 437 SW Second St. for $8.6 million. And the River Landing project, located at 1400 NW North River Dr., will house 475 luxury apartments, 2,200 parking spaces, retail shops, and restaurants. The expanded Miami River District’s website calls the area “Miami’s ultimate destination” and mentions Casablanca Fish Market and Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market as two of the neighborhood’s best places to visit.
The River Yacht Club’s restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining areas decorated in a modern seafaring motif, catering more to modern-day pirates of industry than the Capt. Jack Sparrow type. The kitchen is helmed by executive chef Michael Lewis, who has worked at multiple locations of the upscale Zuma restaurant brand and several of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s establishments. Once again, the sea plays heavily into the menu’s theme, with a concentration on seafood and sides with a Mediterranean slant.
Restaurant at the River Yacht Club
Courtesy of River Yacht Club
The crown jewel is the world’s first VanDutch Lounge, located on the facility’s rooftop terrace. Named for the über-expensive motor yachts that look like something a 1960s-era James Bond villain or oligarch on vacation would use to entertain guests, the 150-seat lounge will serve drinks with a view.
If the sight of these seafaring vessels entices you to purchase one, there’s a VanDutch showroom right on the premises. The cost of one of these powerhouses: If you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it, but used VanDutch models go for well over a million.
Although the restaurant and lounge are open to the public, only River Yacht Club members can secure reservations. If you’re thinking, How in the world could I join a yacht club on my paltry salary? Don’t worry — you actually can, and you don’t even need a yacht to join.
You don’t have to have a VanDutch docked outside to enjoy the VanDutch lounge.
Courtesy of River Yacht Club
Base membership is about the same as your monthly auto-debit at the gym. The Ambassador membership costs a reasonable (for Miami) $120 per month. Although there are no yacht-docking privileges with this level, you get valet parking for your car, access to a members-only reservation line, and a personalized membership card — which is way more useful for scoring with Miami’s beautiful people than the LA Fitness card you have on your keychain.
If you do have a yacht, you’ll probably be interested in the other membership options, such as the Captain ($2,400 per year), which allows for dockage of your smaller yacht (up to 80 feet), or the Commander, which offers the same benefits but locks you in for three months for $1,200 (in case you plan on summering in Nice).
But don’t let the fact that you’ll probably never be able to afford more than an inflatable dinghy stopyou from donning white pants and a navy jacket. Nothing says “Miami” more than belonging to a yacht club when you don’t own a boat.
CASINO AT DANIA BEACH UNVEILS ITS $64 MILLION RENOVATION
The new jai-alai fronton at the Casino at Dania Beach.
Photo by Nick Sortal
The thwack of a jai-alai pelota smacking the wall is back, but this time there’s plenty of ding-ding-dingfrom nearby slot machines too.
Officials from the Casino at Dania Beach unveiled their massive $64 million renovation of the casino and jai-alai facility Wednesday, with the softest of soft openings: They contacted selected media shortly before 8 a.m. with news that, yes, the 18-month casino makeover was ready for visitors.
A few began trickling in around noon, and they saw a vibrant casino in what most last remembered as a musty jai-alai court that drew fewer than 100 patrons a night. The slot-machine floor featured bright-orange lights, and the escalator handrail to the second floor shined in neon green.
“I don’t like it. I love it!” said Steve Braun of Delray Beach, who has been calling the facility regularly to find out when it would open. He loves to bet jai alai, and his wife enjoys slots. A large-screen TV on the main slot floor — formerly home to a few thousand auditorium seats — will show jai alai, so guests will be able to have two kinds of betting action going on at once.
“That’s a very good thing,” Braun said.
The casino is the last of four pari-mutuels in Broward County to offer slots. Gulfstream Park, Mardi Gras Casino, and the Isle Casino and Racing all had slots by 2007. Boyd Gaming owned Dania Jai-Alai at that time, then waited on the state to lower slot taxes from 50 to 35 percent. Boyd then sold it, in a deal that fell through.
Four Argentine businessmen, who run about 25 casinos in their own country, bought Dania and did a quick open in February 2014, using only one-fourth of the building. Results were disastrous: They averaged about $50 per machine; the state average approaches $200.
Owners of Magic City Casino in Miami, by far Miami-Dade’s most successful casino, bought one-fourth of Dania about two years ago and are now running it. They quickly closed the casino so they could launch an all-out gutting of the building and turn it around quickly.
With the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino about five miles away in Hollywood and with Gulfstream and Mardi Gras established to the south, CEO Scott Savin acknowledges business will be competitive.
“This is a much bigger challenge than in Miami, where we were the first ones to open and were able to have a battle plan in place when the others opened,” Savin said. “Now we’re surrounded by established casinos.
“The only goal I will say is: We want to make money,” he said.
Photo by Nick Sortal
So there will be lots of entertainment, including local bands on weekends and special acts. Booked so far: Jefferson Starship on February 27 at Dania, Foreigner on March 11 at Dania and March 12 at Magic City, comic Ralphie May on March 18 at Dania and March 19 at Magic City, and Air Supply on April 15 at Magic City and April 16 at Dania.
“We don’t want people to just come here, spend $20 on slots, and leave,” Savin said. “We’d like for them to have a drink, listen to some music, maybe watch some jai alai as well.”
The 21-table poker room is on the second floor and is expected to open Wednesday, Savin said, and an adjacent sports bar and simulcast betting area is a few more days behind that. Stage 954, a knockoff of Magic City Casino’s Stage 305, is farther behind that, in the area that used to be a large poker floor at Dania about five years ago. But it’s gotta be done for February 27 for Jefferson Starship, he adds.
Jai alai, with a 500-seat auditorium walled off from the slots, is running six days a week, with sessions at 4:15 and 10 p.m. The restaurants are about two weeks away, Savin said, so food trucks are keeping bellies full for now. A deli, called Roaster’s and Toaster’s, and a high-end buffet, Luxe, are in construction.
Patrons of all ages can watch jai alai. Those 18 and older can bet on jai alai and poker. The slot floor, electronic craps, roulette and blackjack, and high-roller rooms are restricted to those at least 21.
Oh, yes, that slot floor: lots of regular favorites, new machines (including Britney Spears), and a “must-hit” progressive slot machine that starts at $1,000 and pays out by $1,199. You see, $1,200 means you get a tax form, so this way…
Savin also notes that players who earn points at Magic City will be able to use them at Dania, and vice versa.
A quick note: When you pull into the parking lot, you’ll see dozens of big, dusty trucks, a very unfinished parking lot, and men in hard hats carrying steel pipes on their shoulders. Do not be alarmed, said Savin, noting the project is about 85 percent done. Also, don’t worry that the outside of the building looks unfinished: Bright-orange panels will soon be placed to cover up the 62-year-old building’s innards.
“It’ll be orange, like the South Florida sun,” Savin said.
A grand opening, mainly for city officials, will be February 26, he said.
The Casino at Dania Beach, located at 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. through 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit casinodaniabeach.com.