Smith & Wollensky Miami Undergoes Major Renovation
Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group is excited to announce new investment and renovation plans for several locations including Miami Beach, in its venture with Irish firm, Danu Partners. The steakhouse remains open during the multi-phased project, which began earlier this summer.
Smith & Wollensky Miami Beach is the company’s highest grossing restaurant and the second to undergo major renovations with the help of collaborators Peter Niemitz Design Group and Shawmut Design and Construction, both based in Boston. (Niemitz led the upgrade of the Chicago location last year.) The South Beach steakhouse is one-of-a-kind and offers the only waterfront dining in the area and has been dubbed one of the best places in Miami to catch the sunset. Located on the southernmost tip of the beach in South Pointe Park, it is renowned for its views of Government Cut Channel, Fisher Island and the best spot to watch the cruise ship departures. The massive 22,000 square foot South Beach restaurant opened in 1997 and has served USDA Prime steaks and premium seafood to locals, celebrities and international tourists from around the globe, averaging nearly 170,000 guests each year.
“The views from South Pointe Park are simply the best around. Our design will further capitalize on that by uncovering the upstairs deck, reconstructing the bars and reconfiguring many of the dining areas to improve sightlines throughout the space”, states designer Niemitz. His plans are focused on maximizing water views, improving flow and enhancing the overall steakhouse experience for a more comfortable, luxurious and contemporary setting. The upgrades have greatly increased the private event capacities, allowing for larger groups and partial buyouts. The first floor main bar has been transformed into an expansive racetrack marble-top bar with 36 seats spanning two full rooms, no longer divided by walls. Barstools, dining chairs and other furnishings have been modernized throughout with new textures and vibrant colors. Floors, wall coverings, lighting and more have been refinished and upgraded as well.
The upstairs dining rooms and private events spaces have been redesigned with new textures and finishes while the layout has been reconfigured to add flexibility in accommodating groups of varying sizes. This includes the capacity to open up the indoor space to the newly renovated and expansive outdoor deck overlooking the Government Cut Channel – allowing for a versatile event setting with a private bar to service the area. The ever-popular outdoor art-deco bar on the lower level along the bustling cut-walk has also received a design overhaul, improving seating and views for the see-and-be-seen clientele.
Having opened the Miami location almost 20 years ago, Smith & Wollensky veteran and General Manager Henry Delgado is most excited about this transformation. “Our committed staff and loyal guests are most deserving of this investment and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. This is truly an amazing location, and we have so many repeat guests from around the world. They’ll be thrilled when they return this winter!”
About The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Inc.
Since its establishment in 1977 as America’s classic steakhouse, Smith & Wollensky has been committed to delivering unparalleled hospitality and the best USDA Prime steaks, dry-aged for tenderness and flavor and hand cut on site daily. Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group is headquartered in Boston, Mass., and owns and operates seven iconic Smith & Wollensky locations in the US: Miami Beach; Chicago; Las Vegas; Columbus, Ohio; Houston; and two restaurants in Boston. The first international location is now open in London. The acclaimed wine list, rich ambiance and exceptional service are designed to provide guests with a truly memorable steakhouse experience. Smith & Wollensky has received numerous local and national awards, including the “Grand Award of Excellence” from WINE SPECTATOR® and the “Award of Excellence” from Distinguished Restaurants of North America. Follow Smith & Wollensky on Twitter at twitter.com/smithwollensky and Wollensky’s Grill at twitter.com/wollenskysgrill.
Danu Investment Partners Limited is an investment holding company based in Dublin, Ireland. Danu was founded in 2009 and owns investments across a broad range of business sectors, with a strong focus on the hospitality sector. Learn more about Danu at http://danupartners.ie