A sleek Japanese cocktail lounge with caviar fondue is now baking pizza.
An upscale Miami seafood raw bar has turned to delivering saucy veal parmigiana and homemade meatballs.
And the kosher Wywood bakery known for some of Miami’s best bread is staying open late for a falafel-and-beer street food pop up.
The coronavirus pandemic, which closed restaurant dining rooms on and off throughout the last three months, has forced some of Miami’s favorite chefs, cooks and bakers to completely rethink their restaurants. In trying to save their businesses, they have created new concepts in old spaces — and become instant hits all over again with Miami’s quarantined crowd.
“It was all out of necessity and creativity. We needed more business to keep our staff and pay our bills,” said Zak Stern, owner of Zak the Baker bakery in Wynwood.
Stern said his bakery’s revenue fell by as much as 70