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Downtown Coral Gables Announces New Restaurants, Merchants and Relocations

4/21/10

CORAL GABLES, Fla. –  With more than 15 new restaurants, merchants and cultural venues debuting in Downtown Coral Gables in the coming months, Miracle Mile is abuzz with action. Dining is the talk of the town with celebrity chef Norman Van Aken making his highly anticipated return to the Gables and the Ale House introducing their casual brand of fun to the area. Additionally, J. Del Olmo bridal salon and Reminiscence antiques and accessories have relocated to accommodate a 300-seat Seasons 52. The healthy grill and wine bar will take over six storefronts on the north side of the 300 block of Miracle Mile between Salzedo Street and LeJeune Road.

“There’s a lot of excitement in the air this spring, notably in the 300 block,” said Mari Gallet, executive director of the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables. “While we, like other major retail districts, saw some storefronts go dark during the height of the recession, a considerable amount of development has been underway since late last year, and we are looking forward to what the second half of 2010 will bring. As of April 15, we had 93 percent of all of the storefronts on Miracle Mile leased, which is one of the lowest commercial vacancy rates in Miami-Dade County.”

Cultural projects nearing completion include the Coral Gables Cinemateque and the Coral Gables Museum, which has announced an opening date of October 10, 2010. Women’s apparel, home furnishings, bridal accessories and salons round out the list of newcomers.

New and relocated businesses include:

Now Open

Abrabanel Rugs

Fine handmade Persian and Oriental carpets, 349 Miracle Mile

Anton Acero Beauty Studio

Beauty salon, 380 Miracle Mile

Avante-Garde

Sushi, salads and sandwiches, 30 Giralda Ave.

Twinkle Twinkle

Bridal accessory studio, 40 Miracle Mile

Coming Soon

Ale House

Casual dining food and drink chain, 101 Miracle Mile

Bellobaby Rooms

Bedding, décor and accessories, 347 Miracle Mile

Coral Gables Cinemateque

Art cinema offering international programming for all age groups, 260 Aragon Avenue

Coral Gables Museum

Focusing on the history, art and architecture of the local area, 285 Aragon Avenue

Iron Sushi

Casual dining Japanese restaurant, 70 Aragon Avenue

La Estrada

Furniture, 257 Miracle Mile

Norman’s 180

Casual dining restaurant by Chef Norman Van Aken, the “founding father of New World cuisine”, 180 Aragon Avenue

Panera Bread

Bakery-café restaurant offering breads, sandwiches, soups, salads and bakery items, 137 Miracle Mile

Seasons 52

Fresh grill and wine bar, 335 Miracle Mile

Studio 61

Beauty salon, 61 Miracle Mile

Relocations

J. Del Olmo

Bridal salon, 324 Miracle Mile

Reminiscence

Antiques and accessories, 357 Miracle Mile

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