A&Eats contest rules and information

What we’re looking for
Dates and rules
Terms & conditions


Miami’s food scene is growing in exciting new ways, but startup costs can make it hard for new concepts to take flight. A&E District is giving one year of rent-free restaurant space to help a new local team turn their idea into reality. We’re teaming up to host a contest in search of that team and idea. Here’s how it works:

  • During the submission period, anyone can submit their concept to the contest.
  • Our panel will review the entries and select finalists
  • We’ll also have online voting for an audience choice award.
  • The finalists will compete in a finale cook-off event to share their edible vision, and receive profiles in The New Tropic
  • One winner will be selected live on-site to receive the year of restaurant space.

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What we’re looking for

Entries will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Originality — does the concept offer something unique or compelling to Miami?
  • Know-how — does the team have what it takes to launch a successful restaurant?
  • Community — will the restaurant become part of a growing neighborhood?

A&E District is seeking a restaurant team with the experience to build a novel concept that fits the neighborhood.

Originality. This doesn’t mean the concept has to be crazy, or use liquid nitrogen for every dish, or make whole meals from foam. It just needs to be compelling for Miamians; a place people will be excited to explore and return to.

Know-how. We’re not looking for the longest resume, or decades of restaurant experience. But the team should be able to launch and manage a restaurant’s many moving pieces, from front to back of house and logistics to graphic design.

Community. A&E District is working to build a neighborhood with a distinctive sense of community. We’re looking for a concept that fits that goal, and that welcomes locals as a core part of the business and culture.
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Rules & dates

Key dates
August 10 through September 8: Submissions open
September 10: Semifinalists notified
October 7: Online voting opens
October 14: Online voting closes
October 19: Finalists announced
November 19: A&Eats Cookoff

Submissions are open as of August 10, 2015 at 9:00am Eastern Time, and will close on Tuesday, September 8 at 5:00pm Eastern Time. Selected applicants will be asked for additional information about their concepts for the finalist phase. Anyone may apply, though consideration will be given to the team’s experience with Miami.

First-round applications are kept private and will only be seen by the A&E District and The New Tropic teams. They will not be published online. Finalist proposals will receive a profile feature in The New Tropic discussing the concept.

Finalists will be selected to participate in the finale Cookoff event, where a winner will be selected. The final terms of the grand prize offering—a year of rent-free space—will be negotiated following the close of the contest.
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Here are some of the frequently asked questions we’ve received.

What’s the address of the restaurant space?
1657 North Miami Ave, Suite CU 102. The space is on the ground floor of the Filling Station Lofts.

How big is the restaurant space?
The space is approximately 2,000 square feet. More details will be released in the next phase of the contest.

What are the terms of the “rent-free” year?
Arts & Entertainment District will provide the space rent-free for one year, with no obligation to continue beyond the first year. The tenant will be responsible for some pass-through costs for maintenance and so forth, amounting to approximately $12 per square foot. More details will be provided to semifinalists.

Will any buildout allowances or restaurant equipment be provided?
Arts & Entertainment District will be delivering more than $300,000 in build-out value, including some restaurant and kitchen equipment to be finalized with the contest winner. The tenant will be responsible for decoration and furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

What will the cost of the space be following the rent-free year?
This rate will be worked out in consultation with the winner.

All answers provided herein are subject to the Terms and conditions of the contest.
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Contact us

Questions? Comments? Want more information? Contact us here or hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
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Terms & conditions

Please click here to read the full terms and conditions. By applying to the contest, you agree to these terms.

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