Miami’s Design District has a plan to convince shoppers of Rolexes and Prada purses to linger a little longer: The way to their wallets is through their stomach.
The area’s major developer has signed one of Miami’s hottest young chefs — whose restaurant is among the Miami Herald’s best reviewed — to open two new restaurants in the Design District .
Alter chef/co-owner Brad Kilgore, 31, will open a Japanese-inspired cocktail lounge above a wood-fire American bistro in a massive 6,000-square-foot building that developer Craig Robins has entrusted entirely to him. Kilgore’s restaurants, Kaido and Ember, will be part of a collection Robins is assembling, like a culinary art gallery, in what will be the revamped north section of the district called Paradise Plaza.
“It’s an incredible opportunity … to express myself as a chef,” Kilgore said.
Kilgore’s restaurants, which he is opening without his Alter partners, will join a pair by internationally recognized French chefs Joël Robuchon and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Robuchon’s L’Atelier and Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen will open this winter, Robins said, in time for the season — along with a pair of new shops where you can spend big bucks, Gucci and Prada.
“Brad is one of the young star chefs in our country, and we’re fortunate to have him Miami-based,” Robins said. “I love him and I love his food. … He’s that rare individual that has it all.”