Miami Worldcenter’s First Tenant, Ariete Hospitality Group’s Brasserie Laurel, Is Scheduled To Open On November 28

Caoba Retail (Street View). Credit: Miami Worldcenter.

With a Michelin Star under his belt for his highly acclaimed restaurant Ariete, Chef Michael Beltran and his team at Ariete Hospitality Group (AHG) bring another stellar concept to Miami’s lineup of remarkable dining and drinking spots. Brasserie Laurel will deliver upscale French-inspired Miami cuisine to Miami Worldcenter in Downtown Miami. Set to open to the public on November 28, 2022, Brasserie Laurel will focus on local, seasonal ingredients and provide a wide array of table-side services for some of their signature dishes. The quality of food preparation and service will be at the levels of Ariete; it is no secret that the drive is to deliver world-class hospitality and maintain the highest standards.

Brasserie Laurel. Credit: FujifilmGirl

“We see Laurel as Ariete’s younger sister, and if I had to share one thing about the ideology behind this menu, it would be that it’s a new approach to French brasserie food. Think Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, and La Tour d’Argent in Paris. Music will be expensive; food will be refined but unpretentious, and wine and cocktails will be plentiful,” said Chef Michael Beltran.

At the kitchen’s helm is Executive Chef Ashley Moncada, formerly Chef de Cuisine at Ariete, bringing in 8+ years of experience in the industry and who has been, until most recently, an integral part of, until most recently the Michelin awarded team at Ariete. Having worked in France, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and South Africa, Chef Ashley, at her young age, has gained world experience, from shopping and preparing fresh produce in the French Alps to cooking in an African game reserve, her skills will undoubtedly be an asset, and the driving force behind the brasserie’s kitchen.

Brasserie Laurel. Credit: FujifilmGirl.

Brasserie Laurel. Credit: FujifilmGirl.

Brasserie Laurel. Credit: FujifilmGirl.

From escargots, frog legs, and beef Wellington to crêpes Suzette, you will find these classic French dishes accompanied by full-bodied red Bordeaux, crisp Champagne, and refreshing Sauternes, among other pairings. “The wine offering is unequivocally French, but not exclusively; you will also be able to find some Spanish and Italians among Old World style wines available at Laurel,” commented AHG Wine Director Adrian Lopez.

Brasserie Laurel. Credit: FujifilmGirl.

Brasserie Laurel. Credit: FujifilmGirl.

The cocktail program embodies a theme that runs throughout AHG: reworking the classics in a way that no one else has, a way that makes them uniquely their own; it’s a signature style of AHG Beverage Director Tom Lasher-Walker. Taking ingredients in their purest form and transforming them into delectable cocktails is unquestionably the epitome of fine drink making. “My philosophy is always to bring inspiration from the classics and create perfectly balanced beverages; those are the styles that will stand the test of time,” mentioned Walker. From two versions of the House Stinger (vodka or cognac), a Miami and French-inspired – Beneath the Sheets- with aged rum and pineapple, to a late 1800s beverage known as the Corpse Reviver Royal with gin, bubbles, and absinthe, and if absinthe hadn’t made enough of a come- back, then Brasserie Laurel will make sure to bring it back in style. The absinthe fountain, while not a novel gimmick, will undoubtedly be a fun element that you will find behind their bar.

Brasserie Laurel is inviting; its interior is elegant yet youthful and incorporates a touch of classic French aesthetic. The dark wood, gold, and deep blue elements give it a polished and vibrant look that showcases the quality and finesse of the dining experience.

“Our team is thrilled to welcome our first restaurateur, Brasserie Laurel, to Miami Worldcenter. Ariete Hospitality Group exemplifies the quality of tenants and the experience we are curating for Miami Worldcenter’s residents and visitors,” said Nitin Motwani, Managing Partner of Miami Worldcenter Associates. “Bringing life to the retail, food, beverage, and entertainment components of Miami Worldcenter’s master plan is critical to transforming our 27-acre site into a thriving open-air destination. We look forward to the group’s additional concepts slated to open soon.”

Laurel is located at 698 Northeast 1st Avenue Suite G-170 at the base of Miami Worldcenter’s Caoba residential tower along the 7th Street pedestrian promenade. Also debuting at Miami Worldcenter over the coming months, adjacent to Laurel, will be two other AHG concepts, Chug’s Express and El Vecino. The ‘ventanita’ from Chug’s Express will serve Chug’s Diner favorites such as croquetas, pastelitos, and coffee from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meanwhile, El Vecino will be a high-end first-class cigar bar serving a full liquor bar and light fares such as mussels, an assortment of meat and cheese, a grúyere burger, foie torchon, and a selection of snacks.

7th Street Promenade Aerial (looking East from North Miami Ave). Credit: Miami Worldcenter.

7th Street Promenade (looking East from North Miami Ave). Credit: Miami Worldcenter.

Miami Worldcenter is a new $4 billion mixed-use destination in the heart of Downtown Miami. As one of the most significant private urban real estate developments in the United States, the project occupies 27 acres spanning ten city blocks. It offers world-class retail, hospitality, commercial office, and residential uses. Several phases of the project have already been completed and occupied, including three residential towers and a significant portion of the retail component, with a hospitality development slated to open by the end of 2022.

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