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Downtown Coral Gables Welcomes New Restaurants, Merchants and Cultural Venues

1/18/10

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Business Improvement District of Coral Gables (BID) is pleased to announce the opening of a diverse array of new businesses in Downtown Coral Gables, Miami’s most historical retail district. With new shopping, dining and cultural activities, there are more reasons than ever to shop, dine and play in Downtown Coral Gables this year.

Ten new businesses have already opened, with four more slated to open in the first quarter of 2010 ranging from a traditional European café to funky burger spots, a contemporary art gallery, and a gourmet Argentinean market, just to name a few. These businesses join recent newcomers like Charlotte Bistro, an eclectic French bistro; Cleber Lopes, the renowned Brazilian salon and life institute; and Sweet women’s boutique.

“We’re really expanding our appeal in 2010 and hope to attract even more residents and locals to explore the City Beautiful,” said Mari Molina, executive director of the BID. “In addition to fabulous new eateries and independent boutiques, the Gables’ cultural scene will really come into its own with the addition of the cinematheque and museum.”

Downtown Coral Gables’ ever-growing cultural scene will be enhanced when the Coral Gables Cinematheque opens in March. This much-anticipated art cinema will offer international programming for all age groups and provide a venue for screenings of independent and student films, film festivals, lectures, book readings and other cultural events.

According to cinema president Steve Krams, the Cinematheque will be “a wellspring for young and old alike who have a passion and interest in arts as expressed by the moving image.”

“The city, private individuals and the corporate community have invested heavily in our project and their voices reflect the character of our program,” said Krams.

The Coral Gables Museum, opening in late 2010, will be located at the city’s historic fire and police station on Aragon Avenue. The museum will showcase the civic arts of architecture, urban design, planning, and historic and environmental preservation. The museum kicked off its preservation education in October with a five-lecture series that will conclude in early February. This summer, the museum will host programming focused on the history and preservation of Coral Gables and South Florida in addition to a summer camp for kids.

In addition to these businesses, the BID has introduced new events like Giralda Under the Stars which allows patrons to enjoy dinner outdoors on Downtown Coral Gables’ “Restaurant Row” the first Friday of each month.

“With all the fresh and exciting energy in the air, there’s never been a better time to get to the Gables!” said Molina.

Businesses now open or set to open in Downtown Coral Gables in early 2010 include:

Angelique Euro Café
“The little miracle on the Mile”
117 Miracle Mile

Coral Gables Cinematheque – Coming Soon
Art cinema offering international programming for all age groups
260 Aragon Avenue

Bijan’s Burger Joint
Casual restaurant offering a variety of traditional favorites as well as unique burgers and hot dogs
2325 Gailano Street

Fat Burger
“The last great hamburger stand”
232 Miracle Mile

Foreign Currency Express
206 Aragon Avenue

Il Grissino
Italian cuisine
127 Giralda Avenue

Italian Eyewear, Inc
204 Aragon Avenue

Luany Jewelers – Coming Soon
96 Miracle Mile

Lilian Designs
Custom made fine paper creations
68 Miracle Mile

Patagonia
Argentinean style, open-air gourmet market
244 Miracle Mile

RDZ Fine Art
Art for the 21st Century Collector
37 Merrick Way

Talavera
Casual-dining Mexican
2271 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

The Local – Coming Soon
Gastropub
150 Giralda Avenue

Twinkle Twinkle – Coming Soon
Bridal accessory studio
40 Miracle Mile

Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood infused with a chic European feel.  Decorated with tree-lined streets and Mediterranean architecture, the historic area boasts some of Miami’s finest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, respected art galleries and lively entertainment venues.  With over160 retailers and more than 70 restaurants, Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is a sophisticated destination to shop, live, play and work.  It’s Miami’s charming gem that locals like to keep a secret and visitors love to find.  For more information and a directory, visit www.shopcoralgables.com.

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