Queen Miami Beach, A Modern Japanese Restaurant And Lounge Is Set To Open

Queen Miami Beach is taking over the historic Paris Theater building on Washington Ave
Queen Miami Beach - Transformation of Iconic Paris Theater into Extravagant Japanese Restaurant & Lounge (Opening Feb 2, 2023)
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Queen Miami Beach, South Florida’s newest dining experience, is set to open in February 2023, in the 5th street corridor of Miami Beach.

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Celebrating the city’s history, Queen Restaurant & Lounge breathes new life into the Paris Theater, built in 1945 by Art Deco architect Henry Hohauser. Recognizable by album covers and music videos of Madonna, U2, J. Lo, Christina Aguilera, and Ricky Martin, the nostalgic design emulates opulence and allure, honoring the glam of the past while envisioning the mystique of the future. From the Rat Pack era of the 1950s to the hedonistic nights of the 1990s, the Paris Theater has evolved with the times and is reborn for a new generation with the creation of Queen Miami Beach.

“Being in the Miami market for over 15 years, and witnessing the city’s rapid growth, I saw an opportunity with the historic Paris Theatre to create an uber luxurious, selective, one-of-a-kind fine dining and nightlife destination. Miami has recently experienced an influx of some of the most influential people in the country, so we decided to go after this demographic, a more sophisticated, educated, elevated, and more mature type of clientele. Our goal will be to create the most beautiful, interesting, diverse, and fun mix of people possible, on any given night.” – said Mathieu Massa, entrepreneur, restaurateur, and sole owner of Queen Miami Beach in a statement.

With interior designer Carlos Rodriguez of ModPlay Studio at the helm of Queen Miami Beach’s design, guests will see the reimagination of the space inspired by the preserved architectural details from the ‘40s.

Upon entering the golden doors, guests will be greeted by a custom mosaic handmade in Italy, terrazzo floors, and a mid-century, brass chandelier from J.T. Kalmar. The convivial black and white mural located in the front entrance vestibule by local Miami Artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor was inspired by the Brazilian entertainer Carmen Miranda.

Follow the main entrance’s curved Art Deco passageway, made of brass slat, to The Salon Lounge where you’ll be met by Lobmeyr chandeliers – unveiled at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1966, original Paris Theater crown molding motifs refinished in gold leaf, and a Calacatta Viola marble bar. Get a glimpse of the fine-dining kitchen through custom-looking glass windows as you approach the Mondrian wall, the dining room’s focal point.

Chef Julien Jouhannaud, known to oversee several Michelin-starred restaurants in New York and most recently led the culinary teams at Annabelle’s in London, serves as Queen Miami Beach’s Chief Culinary Officer overseeing local Chef Mitchell Hesse, leading as Queen Miami Beach’s Executive Chef. Together, the pair has created a carefully curated menu that marries French techniques with Japanese ingredients.

“I look forward to being a part of a new chapter of Miami’s restaurant scene. Queen Miami Beach will offer a fully immersive experience of all your senses. Let the show begin!” – Chef Julien Jouhannaud.

Queen Restaurant & Lounge dishes range from small plates to a curated raw and marinated section to sushi platters and seafood towers. American classics focus on wood-fired grilling via a Josper Charcoal Oven and two Robata Flame Grills. A premier hand-selected butcher’s program revolves around the highest-grade American and Japanese Wagyu and exclusive Prime Grass-fed beef, while sushi offerings are sourced from Japan and beyond.

A cocktail program will encompass libations that incorporate fresh ingredients and Japanese spirits, while a separate wine and champagne list will offer a selection from exclusive labels and boutique producers, including a unique partnership with the Louis XIII.

The ‘Salon Lounge’ area will house Queen Miami Beach’s main bar, which will offer a selection of craft cocktails. The Salon Lounge bar will also serve as an after-dinner drinks destination or a spot to have an elegant nightcap.

A ‘Omakase Counter’ will live on the second floor and peek out into the main dining room below, catering to those looking for chef’s selection of composed nigiri and traditional dishes.

Queen Miami Beach will open Tuesday through Saturday, from 6pm until late, and is located at The Paris Theater | 550 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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