It’s no secret: Miami is changing–and fast. Everywhere we look, new developments are taking over traffic patterns, encroaching on our streets, and making over a city that, well, didn’t really need much of a makeover. We’re stuck in a place of wanting to close our eyes until the perpetual construction is done, but also giddy to see the next evolution of our beloved hometown. So here are some things to remind you of the magic to come, while you groan about alternate routes on your commute:
We’re still mourning the loss of The Wynwood Yard, but not for long. This winter, Miami will see the return of some very friendly and familiar faces at the next iteration of the beloved pop-up project: The Doral Yard. That’s right! The Yard Hospitality team, led by the ever-busy Della Heiman, is bringing back the charm by opening a new community destination in Doral. Phase 1 will feature a breathtaking venue with nightly live music and performances, and phase 2 (opening in the fall) will mark the full footprint complete with all your Yard favorites: outdoor stage, outdoor bar, gardens, and so much more.
In case you haven’t heard, we’ve partnered with Veza Sur Brewing Co to bring Miami a street food and music festival of epic proportions, The Last Bite: a South Florida Food Fest, during Super Bowl weekend at Regatta Park in Coconut Grove. On Saturday, February 1st, we’re bringing 30+ of Miami’s yummiest street food concepts together to celebrate our city’s thriving culinary scene. Plus, a stacked caravan of local crafts and artisans, a live stage featuring performances by Bad Apples Brass Band, The Savants of Soul, and Locos Por Juana, and so much more. The best part? It’s all free. RSVP here.
Once again, our music scene will blow up this winter with the return of the highly-anticipated GroundUP Music Festival. For the fourth year in a row, GRAMMY-winning Snarky Puppy will be taking over the North Beach Bandshell with a jam-packed lineup of some of music’s best artists. Not only will there be three sets by the host band, but epic performances by funk legends like Lettuce, Chris Potter, Lila Downs, Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), Flor de Toloache, and so many more. If you’re a serious music geek like us, this is never to be missed. Get tickets.
GroundUP Music Fest
It seems like eons ago a complete overhaul of Miami’s Historic Flagler Street District was announced. Well, the highly-anticipated project will finally begin this spring. Local businesses rejoice! The enhanced Flagler Street will deliver an enriched pedestrian experience with expanded sidewalks, outdoor dining, improved lighting, signage, public art, utility upgrades, smart city technology and much more.
Flagler Street Miami
Oh, yeah! Get those brains ready for some serious freezing because one of the country’s most delicious and successful artisanal ice cream brands, Salt & Straw is finally opening in Miami Spring 2020. After a slammed pop-up to introduce themselves to the neighbors late last year, the handmade and locally-focused shop will open its doors in Coconut Grove to what we know will be lines around the corner. You bet we’ll be at the front of them, too.
While we know that the colossal music, arts & technology experience that is III Points might not be technically “new,” they’re actually overhauling their festival this year with a now 2-day lineup in May (originally October, then February). As usual, they’ll be taking over Mana Wynwood with some of music’s biggest names (past headliners included Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky) plus a whole slew of fun satellite programming around the arts district. They teased a lineup announcement is imminent, so follow them for updates.
Much like our own city, the hospitality industry is currently undergoing a paradigm shift, focusing on personal interaction, mixed-use communal spaces, locally-sourced food, and intimate atmosphere for gatherings. Enter: Life House. Fans of their first Miami location in Little Havana which opened last year, should be excited to know that they’re planning a Miami Beach takeover. If their Collins Park property, tucked away along a quaint canal, is any indication of the attention to detail both their planned South of Fifth and Ocean Drive locations will be, we’re excited for a breathtaking new hangout spot.
Life House Hotels
As self-proclaimed public space project addicts, we’ve been following The Underline‘s developments for years. The proposed 10-mile linear park and urban trail will revolutionize the way we get around our city, and interact in the great outdoors. The project will transform the underutilized land below Miami’s MetroRail, from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station, into a 10-mile linear park, world-class urban trail and living art destination. And guess what? It’s first corridor in Brickell’s Backyard is opening Summer 2020.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the many construction projects around the city (clearly you have, since you’ve read this far), you’ve noticed that the Miami River and Allapattah areas are top of the list for developments in the city. One such project we’re excited to experience is River Landing, a massive residential and commercial destination slated to open later this year along the Miami River. Not only will it feature the widest section of the highly-anticipated RiverWalk, but also a linear park along the water, outdoor movies, a row of beloved local restaurants and some serious heavy-hitters in the food & beverage scene coming to Miami for the first time. All in a community neighborhood now dubbed, Mid River District.
Once again, Miami’s oldest neighborhood will become a destination for shopping, eating, and interacting with wonderful small businesses. While seeing the original CocoWalk get demolished was hard, what will rise from the ashes will be even bigger and better. The sleek, new mixed-use destination will continue to be the pillar of culture for the neighborhood, with some serious heavy hitters thrown in. They’ve announced concepts by Sushi Garage, Mister 01 Pizza, a Mezcaleria, and even one of Miami’s first Sweetgreen outlets. The theater will still remain, as will the soul of brick & mortar shopping. We can’t wait to see it in action later this year!
Cover photo by Eater San Diego.