The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
MARLIN’S MAKEOVER After opening boutique hotels in Charlotte and Asheville, N.C., MRK Collection expands with the iconic Marlin Hotel in Miami Beach. In 2015 the Florida-based real estate development firm purchased and renovated the entire Art Deco property with serious ties to the music industry. The multimillion-dollar first phase includes Asian eatery Bází and 14 brand-new suites and rooms. Accommodations, which range from 240 to 500 square feet, feature custom, contemporary décor and furnishings and beachy touches from a soothing color scheme to art works. Baths’ pebble floors and rain showers feel like mini spas. Lounge on Sferra fine linens in a complimentary spa robe and slippers while watching the 55-inch LED screen with surround sound. They plan to add more rooms, a rooftop pool and retail by late 2016.
PISCO PUNCH Kendall’s restaurant scene is heating up. Following the lead of hip joints like Finka Table & Tap, and Tacos and Tattoos, the owners of Bulla Gastrobar in Coral Gables thought the time was right to unveil Pisco y Nazca in Kendall. You might have driven right by its location in the Palms at Town & Country shopping plaza without even noticing that a Peruvian Amazon native who worked at Gastón Acurio’s La Mar in San Francisco is cooking authentic cuisine from his homeland. The same creative minds behind STK and Bagatelle in Miami Beach designed its copper and teal interiors with walnut floors and handmade concrete tiles. Private dining rooms for large groups feature LCD projectors and screens for presentations, whether family affairs or business dinners.
DCOTA DETOUR Décor lovers of all levels can come out for DCOTA’s Wintermarket 2016. For two full days on February 3 and 4, showroom representatives and guest speakers will discuss new collections and design periods, such as Neo-Art Deco, as well as conduct tours and demonstrations, including a delicious one led by Gaggenau’s master chef. Vivarini Florida Murano brings in an expert from Italy about the history and technique of glass blowing, while Dedon shows off rising talent Stephen Burks’ collections (pictured). Lee Jofa thought who better than to introduce its new Groundworks collection for fabrics and trims than its creator, Mary Fisher, during a presentation and luncheon? The same goes for Ammon Hickson Showroom, which hosts a private tour and champagne luncheon for its Nancy Corzine Collection with the gifted designer herself.
GIORGIO + GROVE Grove Bay Hospitality Group has big plans for Coconut Grove. It received a 50-year lease from the city of Miami to create the Harbour, a 7-acre waterfront parcel with restaurants, retail, a marina and more. Glass & Vine, its first venture in the old library in Peacock Park, partners with Eating House chef owner Giorgio Rapicavoli. The “Chopped” winner’s clever cuisine intertwines with nature in the lush, green setting with glass garage doors. The menu’s small and large plates are divided into garden, sea and land sections. Vegetarians have whole roasted broccoli with red miso, and Florida-style stracciatella with charred cabbage, black truffles and egg vinaigrette. The Waldorf salad leans Miami, too, through raw scallop and frozen grapes. Or be really decadent with grilled sweetbreads and sea urchin buttered pasta.