WHAT’S NEW IN TOWN – August/September 2018



Hailing from Staten Island, New York, Michael D’Andrea is bringing the family’s culinary tradition to his new location on Sunset Drive in SOMI.

Michael was raised in the New York borough, where his parents owned and operated The RoadHouse restaurant for forty-five years, opening in 1971.  He was schooled in the culinary traditions from where his grandparents came from in Italy: the region of Campania and southern Italy’s Palermo. 

Michael moved to Miami and opened Macaluso’s on South Beach on June 28, 1999.  The restaurant is named after his mother Josephine Mary “JoAnne” Macaluso.

It was from there that he served up the famed meatballs and much more, like his clam pizza, to neighborhood folks, tourists and celebrities like Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian.  He expanded his concept to include an Italian market.

Earlier this year, and afrer nineteen years on the beach at 1747 Alton Road, he bid farewell and posted on his facebook: “So with great honor, I say goodbye to Miami Beach. Thank you for allowing me to serve my family’s amazing recipes from Staten Island, New York. Macaluso’s / Macaluso’s & Co. will start a NEW chapter this summer!”

The new South Miami market opened as the magazine went to press.  It’s evident with the family pictures on the walls, the Blessed Virgin statue and candles, the Michael revers his family and respects the traditions of many generations. “There’s going to be a lot of love here,”
exclaims Michael. 

“Come to shop,” says Michael.  At the market, customers can purchase, their cakes, canolis,  sauces, meatballs (2 in a jar), hand-made sausages, breads and much more.  Customers can purchase a salad with the bottled dressing on the side, so it’s just right to eat when getting home and preparing dinner. There’s room for customers to sit and eat as well.

Michael’s plans are to open a Macaluso’s Restaurant in South Miami as well as the market.

The retail shop market is open Tuesday – Sunday from 12n – 6p.  Seating at the market is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Come by and order up some traditional Italian dishes.

5845 SUNSET DRIVE | 305.604.181 | 


With the popular Taco Craft on the corner at 58 Avenue, the retail level at the municipal garage will be showing new life over the next few months.  PUB 52 opens in August. A concept by the Kanti Hospitality & Restaurant Group, it promises to be a great place for happy hour drinks, boasting a 70 foot long bar serving up hand muddled cocktails, craft beers and a bourbon whiskey section, and catching the big game on 30 plus state of the art TVs.  A weekly line-up of live bands, open mic and karaoke night are scheduled.

Next to Pub 52 will be KAMPS, a fitness concept with locations in Madison (WI) and Tucson (AZ).   Targeting a new concept to young, enthusiastic adults, Kamps will have high-energy music and skilled instructors leading group fitness classes and motivating indiviiduals throughout the workout. Classes are designed for all skill levels.  Kamps is scheduled to open in September. 



Originating in a small Texas town
THE BOILING CRAB will fill out the corner on to 58 Court come November.   With several locations from north to south in California, Dallas and Las Vegas, The Boiling Crab is known for their flair for having a good time, warm hospitality and passion for excellent seafood, Get ready to experience the fun and taste of a backyard crab fest here in SOMI


Opening just as SOMI Magazine was going to press, two sisters, Susana and Isabel Garcia Nevett have spent more than a decade perfecting their chocolatier skills, first in France and Venezuela.
They established Cacoa Art in 2012 in the Bird Road art district, where their kitchen provided wholesale, online sales and catered special events. Always celebrating Venezuelan cacao and chocolate, and now infusing it with the flavors of South Florida, Garcia Nevett – Chocolatier de Miami is the high-end boutique that chocolate lovers have been waiting for.

Their new retail space on Red Road in South Miami is the place for some self-indulgence, and thoughtfully created gifts.As master chocolatiers, Susana and Isabel have created a unique space to showcase their award-winning chocolates and sweet creations.

Garcia Nevett – Chocolatier de Miami arrives at the perfect time: the South Florida food scene has never looked better and our chocolatiers are proud to be a part of it.  They are open Monday – Saturday from 10a-6p and can order online at garcianevett.com.

7312 Red Road | 305.749.0506 |


Two families in search of a place to have their own childrens’ haircut, decided on opening their own salon built for kids, with a popular franchise opportunity.

Planning and in construction for over a year, with an interruption by Hurricane Irma, PIGTAILS & CREWCUTS opened in July on US1 and 80th Street. The owners sought out a location which was convenient and had parking – a top priority.

Kids come first at Pigtails & Crewcuts, grab a cool vehicle chair, pick out a video and settle in for a trim as our kid-friendly staff work their magic. Owned by parents, the concept behind this salon is simple: getting a
haircut should be fun!  The goal is to make the salon experience enjoyable for everyone—for customers large and small.

Kids love looking at our whimsical art, playing with our wooden train table and, when the trim is done, paying a visit to our packed-with-adventure treasure chest. And parents love relaxing in an environment where every child—smiling or crying—is welcomed with open arms. With an array of unique, kid-centric hair products and a retail section packed with adorable hair accessories, gifts and more, Pigtails & Crewcuts is here for the whole family’s hair and beauty needs.

The kids salon is open Monday-Friday 10a-6p; Saturday 9a-5p; Sunday 11a-5p. 6448 South Dixie Hwy. | 786.899.0350 |


With over a year in construction, NATURAL CHICKEN GRILL in South Miami is opening this August. Located at 57 Avenue and US1 (original site of KFC and later Pizza Rustica). With over 12 locations across South Florida, Natural Chicken Grill has grown to become one of the most prolific fast casual dining locations in the region. “This is not your average fast casual chicken joint,” says Alexis Acosta owner.

Located on 57 Court off Sunset Drive, THE DAPPER DOUGHNUT is the highest quality doughnut experience around.  A national franchise operation, serving hot mini doughnuts and an exceptional experience is at the core of what we do.

And joining in on the chicken fight in town, comes the popular Bird Road
3 CHEFS AND A CHIDKEN. They are building out the old Wendy’s location on US1 & Red Road and are expected to open by late fall.


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