Downtown Miami Awaits Julia and Henry’s

It remains unknown when the major food hall will open in the historic Walgreens building on Flagler
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News first broke in fall of 2021 that Julia & Henry’s, a seven-story dining and entertainment project, would open on Flagler Street in Downtown Miami. That September, the Miami New Times reported that the upcoming development would feature a rooftop restaurant run by a then-unnamed celebrity chef, a basement speakeasy-themed bar, and three floors dedicated to more than twenty food and drink concepts. When it came to restaurants opening in the food hall, the Miami New Times coverage listed names like José Mendin, Michelle Bernstein, and Karla Hoyos.

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Last week, the developments rooftop restaurant was revealed: Chef Massimo Bottura will open the second outpost of his Torno Subito restaurant. (The first is located in Dubai.)

But when What Now reached out to a representative of King Goose Hospitality, which is operating Julia & Henry’s, a curious thing happened: the representative declined to provide a projected opening date for the development or to confirm any of the concepts on Julia & Henry’s roster apart from the Bottura restaurant. The representative described references to other concepts opening at the food hall as “hearsay.”

In other words, things have flipped. The question of the rooftop concept is no longer a mystery, but with coverage describing other planned Julia & Henry’s concepts now more than a year stale, and without even a tentative official opening date, it’s hard to say with any confidence which chefs and restaurants will be occupying that three-floor food hall. We’re also still waiting on details regarding the basement speakeasy.

What does this mean for our coverage? It means we’re considering the food hall a blank slate. We’ve got our ear to the ground for word of who’s opening there. And judging from what King Goose CEO Andrea Petersen said in coverage published on MySpikeTravel.com late last year, the key word is going to be variety:

“Julia & Henry’s is the perfect way that anyone coming from anywhere can experience what Miami has become – an entertainment and culinary center that represents all the cultures, regions, and talent who come in,” Petersen said.

Stay tuned for updates on this major project headed to 200 E Flagler St.

Neil Cooney

Neil Cooney is a freelance writer. He has received an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and his work has been published in the Masters Review. He lives in Nashville, TN, where he spends his free time cooking Korean food and studying chess.
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