The Miami Herald: Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson plans Overtown supper clubApr 04, 2016
By David Smileydsmiley@miamiherald.com
Samuelsson Development Group won the right Wednesday evening to negotiate an agreement with the CRA to occupy the venue. In its application to a competitive solicitation, the company stated that the history of the building played a large role in Samuelsson’s interest, as does the hope of becoming a linchpin of the revitalization of Overtown’s once thriving nightlife.
“The Overtown community is one that we’ve come to experience as one of rich history and promise,” Derek Fleming, the company’s managing partner, wrote in a letter to the director of the redevelopment agency.
A Samuelsson spokeswoman has declined requests for interviews. But the company’s application laid out plans to turn the two-story, 7,600-square-foot shell into a “premier dining and entertainment destination, embracing and inspired by the history of Overtown.”
Subject to negotiations, Samuelsson envisions running full-service kitchens on both floors, with the main dining space and open kitchen on the ground floor and music performance space and private dining venue upstairs. A roof deck is also considered. The menu was described as southern-inspired, with Caribbean, African and Latin influences.
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