The Wynwood area of Miami was once a sad collection of 1 story commercial buildings and empty, not-always-safe streets. Enter Tony Goldsman, urban land developer, arts activitist and visionary. He envisioned an arts-centric neighborhood with great creative businesses, cafes, restaurants and shops. What better way to kick off the vision than to open the first restaurant yourself? Tony and his daughter Jennifer opened the Wynwood Kitchen & Grill in tandem with the Wynwood Walls and Joey’s Caffe. The restaurant boasts logo, decor and menu design by the famed Shepard Fairey and a tapas style menu with decidedly local Latin and street food influences. The bacon wrapped dates are worth writing home about. The museum worthy collection of paintings and sculpture inside the restaurant is the perfect backdrop to the experience. You can sip on one of the many craft cocktails named after the artists whom participated in the first mural project of sample the local craft beers. The back patio is large, protected from the elements by a large metal canopy and provides the perfect view of the up-lit murals of the start of the Wynwood Walls urban art park.
I had the opportunity to escort a group of key clients to this restaurant and then for a private tour of the Wynwood Walls. Each and every one of them was wowed by the food and the setting. The vision has come alive, well done!