By Emon Reiser for South Florida Business Journal

Two restaurants sign for space in Miami Design District

Two restaurants have signed for space within Miami Design District’s Paradise Plaza expansion, and are slated to open next year.

Chef Brad Kilgore, the culinary director of the Adrienne Arsht Center and the chef behind Alter and Brava in Miami, will lead the new eateries. Opening mid-2018, Ember and Kaido will total 6,000 square feet in two floors at the Design District.

“Over the years, the Miami Design District has become a global destination for commerce and culture,” said Craig Robins, CEO of Miami Beach-based Dacra, the developer behind the Miami Design District. “It’s important that the neighborhood’s culinary offerings match the creativity and innovation of the public art, architecture, design, and retail in the neighborhood. I am confident that Ember and Kaido will bring the right energy and excellence to the Design District and will be important additions to the overall experience of the neighborhood.”

On the ground-floor of Kilgore’s new space, Ember will serve up contemporary wood-fired American bistro eats such as grilled terrine with glace, watercress and wasabi root vinaigrette.

Kaido will be a Japanese-influenced cocktail lounge and restaurant on the floor above Ember. It will have two cocktail menus and its food menu will feature sashimi, crudo, yakitori and local fish dishes on small plates such as bay scallops and marinated mushrooms.

Paradise Plaza is a multi-level addition to the Design District with 175,000 square feet of new space designed by Daly Genik, Freeland Buck, Tolila+Gilliland, Johnston Marklee and MOS. It’s part of the neighborhood’s recent expansion, which is adding new eateries and luxury boutiques. Later this year, new restaurants from renowned chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichtenand Joël Robuchon will open at Paradise Plaza.


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