WHAT’S NEW IN TOWN – April/May 2017


Nittaya Wongputter, Tommy & Ashtin Zoobharasee

With a traditional Buddhist blessing held a week prior to their opening in February, a void in the international cuisine choices in SOMI has now been filled with EAST Thai & Noodles.

Origin Asian Bistro, which included more of a fusion cuisine with sushi offerings, preceded EAST for many years here in South Miami until they moved to their Key Biscayne restaurant.

EAST Thai & Noodles chef/ownerTommy Zoobharasee has been in the hospitality industry for some thirty years and was manager of the Origin Asian Bistro on Key Biscayne.  He is related to the owners of Origin, and for the past three years has operated EAST restaurant at 8384 Bird Road.

Tommy’s wife and daughter also graciously prepare food and serve dinners.

Thai food is internationally famous.  The ideal Thai meal is a harmonious blend of the spicy, the subtle, the sweet and sour, and is meant to be equally satisfying to eye, nose and palate.

The proper Thai meal should consist of a soup, a curry dish with condiments, a dip with accompanying fish and vegetables. A spiced salad may replace the curry dish. The soup can also be spicy, but the curry should be replaced by non-spiced items. There must be a harmony of tastes and textures within individual dishes and the entire meal.

Enjoy SOMI’s newest flavor.  EAST Thai & Noodles is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Delivery service is available.

5904 South Dixie Hwy. |  786.542.5213

Julain Mus (right) with La Pizza manager Valentin Heredia.

It’s all in the crust, whether a 13” Roman or Neapolitan style or a 17” Brooklyn style crust, La Pizza is the place to go in town for a hand-crafted pizza right out of the wood burning oven.

Owner and certified pizza maker is Julian Mus from Nice.  His family has lived in the city of Grasse for the past four hundred years, and are rose producers.  Grasse is in southern Provence , and has had a prospering perfume industry since the end of the 18th century – Grasse is the center of the French perfume industry and is known as la capitale mondiale des parfums.  It produces over two-thirds of France’s natural aromas (for perfume and for food flavourings).

Julian’s family all enjoy cooking, and have both Italian/French, which Julian refers to as “South French Food.”  He received a certification for pizza craftsman in France and cooked in France for the past three years before coming state-side.

The perfection of the pizza is in the dough and the preparation of the dough, which takes three days to make. Each particular crust is baked in the wood oven with the heat regulated for the style of pizza, as for example, the Neapolitan is baked at a high temperature.

La Pizza uses only premium ingredients, Italian flour, tomatoes, olive oil and prosciutto.  The customer gets to enjoy a high quality crafted pizza at an inexpensive price.

It’s a casual location, one block directly north of Sunset Drive, right off US1, and a great fit for families or UM students.

La Pizza is open seven days and have lunch specials and great daily specials, like a $5 13” pizza on Tuesdays – can’t go wrong with that!!  La Pizza has great fresh salads and sandwiches and an excellent selection of wines and beer.  Buon appetito!

5840 SW 71 Street |  305.763.8037

Tell’em Nic sent you…

Welcome to Mercado Negro, a darkened hidden bar behind Taco Craft.

One of the area’s only mezcalerias, this speakeasy-themed bar within the restaurant is another in the win column for JEY Hospitality’s partners Marc Falsetto and Charles Hazlett.

Enter through a concealed door at the rear of the restaurant, and expect to appreciate a bar program which focuses on mezcal, the oldest and finest of Mexican spirits.  More than fifty types of mezcal, a spirit distilled from a mash made from the steamed hearts of various species of agave are available.  Fire-roasting the agave hearts in giant earthen pits before distillation, gives the mescal its trademark smoky flavor.

Unlike the restaurant, which features lime-green accents and colorful wall murals, Mercado Negro instead offers a darker decor, with purple damask wallpaper, wall murals, and a 14-seat concrete bar.  A lounge-style seating area with sofas also give guests a sense of exclusivity and privacy.  Mercado Negro is open Thursday through Saturday.

5829 SW 73 Street | 305.668.5612

Ortal and Alessandra assist styling customers at Restless Soul

With a successful “laid-back luxury” boutique in Aventura, owners Shaun & Pamela Donnenfeld opened their second mutlibrand athleisure boutique on Sunset Drive in mid-March.

Known for its “refined leisure wear” Restless Soul carries the essentials of a stylish, active and comfortable wardrobe.  The very trendy city color vibe of grey, black, olive and white are found on the racks.  The clothing is fashionable and easily translates from the gym to everyday life. Items include sports bras, leggings, shorts, sweaters, jackets, tees, bags, etc.

Restless Soul carries the most popular and well-known athleisure brands such as Alo Yoga, Koral, Varley, Splits 59 and many more…  They also carry casual clothing, such as soft button down shirts, stylish everyday dresses and shorts.

Restless Soul strives to bring women a selection of sophisticated possibilities curated for women on the go who want to feel stylish and confident.  Restless is active, soul is quiet and the two combine for a great look.

The boutique is open Monday-Friday from 10a – 6p, and Saturday from 10a – 5p.

5828 Sunset Drive | 786.488.2399


The owners of SOMI hotspot TOWN Kitchen+Bar recently opened a “sister” restaurant “HOUSE” in Coral Gables at 180 Aragon Ave on the corner of Ponce de Leon Blvd.

HOUSE offers some of the signature dishes of Town’s menu, with additional options such as rotisserie chicken, oysters and prime aged beef. The restaurant is open seven days for lunch and dinner.

Arvind Kumar

Coral Gables location.

Arvind Kumar has opened yet another Taste Buds of India.  Since opening his SOMI location in September 2016, he has opened two other locations: the first, last year, on Normandy Drive in North Miami and the most recent location
this past month in Coral Gables at 2624 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Pictured at the Live Like Bella’s 3rd Annual Superhero 5k Run/Walk at Zoo Miami are (L-R): Reyna Rodriguez-Torres, Raymond Rodriguez-Torres, Arnaldo L. Bomnin, Isabella Bomnin, Arnold Bomnin, Yani Bomnin, Shannah Rodriguez-Torres.

Arnaldo Bomnin, owner of Bomnin Chevrolet has donated a new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro for the Live Like Bella raffle held at the Live Like Bella’s 3rd Annual Superhero 5k Run/Walk at Zoo Miami.  “Giving back to the community is an extremely important initiative we continually practice at Bomnin Chevrolet,” said Arnaldo Bomnin. “We wish the Live Like Bella® Foundation success in their efforts to find a cure for pediatric cancer, and we are thankful that we have been blessed with the ability to be able to do things like this for such a good cause.”  Since 2014, Bomnin Chevrolet has donated more than $100,000 to the Live Like Bella® foundation.

Carolina Puerto, SOMI Shopping Spree winner.

Carolina Puerto was the winner of the $500 “It’s SOMI Shopping Spree” which was part of the It’s SOMI co-op advertising campaign.  She teaches first grade at Epiphany School, and learned about the contest in the South Miami News which she picked up at Deli Lane while enjoying breakfast.  Pictured with Carolina (center) are Amy L. Donner of the merchants association and Alex Schreer, Marketing Director for Grass River Management, owners of Sunset Place.


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