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THE FOOD HALL INVASION

In 2017 we got 1-800-Lucky, the new Asian food hall in Wynwood. But in 2018, we’re getting at least FIVE more food halls. Say hi to La Centrale in Brickell City Centre, Time Out Market in South Beach, Central Fare in MiamiCentral in Downtown, St. Roch Market in the Design District, and The Citadel in Little River (which will have an entire restaurant devoted to avocados, because Instagram).

Not sure what the difference is between a food court and a food hall? The Miami New Times explains it like this:

Food halls aren’t vacuous, airport-style food courts. They serve fare prepared by seasoned chefs and presented on real china. Centralized bars serve craft beer and smart cocktails, and coffee roasters host cupping sessions. The beauty of the food hall is choice. If you want oysters and your friend craves brisket, you can both be sated.

Bring it on.

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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

Did you have your soup? Haitians slurped up soup joumou all over SoFlo yesterday in honor of Haitian Independence Day, but what’s in it depends on where you get it. (Miami.com)

Burn. At one point last week, there was a 105-degree difference between the temperatures in Key West and Watertown, NY. And when President Trump pointed to the crazy cold temperatures up north as proof that global warming is not a thing we should be worrying about, Rep. Carlos Curbelo had some words for him. (Twitter)

RIP. If you went to UM and got to enjoy the fancy research centers or generous scholarships, you probably have Susan Jones to thank. The fundraiser, who raised more than $3 billion for the university, passed away last week after decades working to transform the university. (Miami Herald)

White hot Heat. Nike’s special “city edition” NBA uniforms are out and the Heat’s design, a throwback to Miami Vice, is 🔥. (Miami Herald)

Major key. Even though Congress kept a tax credit for restoring old buildings in the federal tax bill, some preservationists say the changes could make restoration unprofitable, hurting projects like the restoration of Miami Marine Stadium. The tax credit was major key for the revival of South Beach’s Art Deco buildings. (Miami Herald)

We’re (not) on a boat. If you missed the fact that Miami Beach was running a pilot water taxi to the mainland last year, you’re not alone – only 144 people used the service between Dec. 30, 2016 and Sept. 7, 2017. Literally no one used it during Art Basel. City commissioners ended the program, but the company running the water taxis is asking them to subsidize the cost so they can drop ticket prices from $15 one-way to $2. (Miami New Times)

The next Cardi B. Love & Hip Hop has arrived in Miami after seasons in New York, L.A., and Atlanta. The show helped to launch Cardi B’s career, so keep an eye on these local Miami rappers, who might be hitting the big time soon. (Miami.com)

Scary rumors. Two days before Christmas, a gunman scare shut down Aventura Mall. That’s the fourth time it’s happened at a mall in Miami-Dade since the summer, and police are struggling to figure out what to do in an era when social media rumors about shooting sprees can spread faster than police can get to the scene. (Miami Herald)

We’re gonna need a bigger boat. A SoFlo real estate downturn caused by rising seas and stronger hurricanes might be closer than most people realize – and some SoFlo residents are already beginning to have a hard time selling their homes. (Bloomberg)

EVENT

AROUND TOWN

 

🎷 1/3: Jazz at the Yard with Magela Herrara (Wynwood)

💻 1/4: Wyncode Pitch Day (Wynwood)

👨‍💻 1/4: PAMM Free Community Night: Tech Takeover (Downtown)

🌃 1/5: Giralda Under the Stars (Coral Gables)

⚡ 1/5: Laser Fridays at Frost Science (Downtown)

🙏 1/6: YogaRefresh2018 (South Beach)

☕ 1/7: “Call Me by Your Name” Queer Brunch (North Beach)

🛶 1/7: Coral Gables Waterway Canoe Tour (Coral Gables)

🗣️ 1/9: The MOTH: Miami StorySLAM (Downtown)

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.

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