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Bar Lab Group and Timon Balloo Will Open Concepts in Downtown Miami Later This Year

Updated: Jun 5, 2019

F+B Hospitality Brokerage contributes to furthering the transition of downtown Miami to a mecca for quality food and drink. The fast-developing area will soon boast establishments from some of Miami's favorite culinary and cocktail masters.

Image from the Real Deal article: Chef Timon Balloo and Felix Bendersky with the Ingraham Building (Credit: Twitter, Facebook and Google Maps)

Chef Timon Balloo, a chef-partner at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, is working on a new concept in downtown Miami called Balloo: Modern Home Cooking. He has taken an 800-square-foot space that will be opening in the Ingraham Building at 25 SE 2nd Avenue in downtown Miami this year.

Bar Lab's Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta. Courtney of Freehand Miami via Miami New Times

Bar Lab Group, led by mixologists Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi, signed a lease for 1,172 square feet in the Ingraham Building as well. Orta and Zvi, of the Broken Shaker, the Anderson and other popular Miami bars, are still determining the details of their new concept, but Orta told Katherine Kallergis at the The Real Deal that they are considering a wine and amaro bar called Margot Wine Bar. He and his partner will be traveling to Prague, Copenhagen and Israel this summer and will finalize the concept after that, “but we do know for sure it’s going to be beer and wine.” It’s expected to open by the end of the year.

Laine Doss recalls in her Miami New Times article on the restaurant news that six months ago, New Times food critic Zachary Fagenson said downtown Miami was the new spot for cocktails after establishments such as Mama Tried and Jaguar Sun changed the landscape of what was once a food and drink desert.

The Ingraham Building was the site of the original Phuc Yea pop-up, back in 2011. It's also home to Fratelli Milano, whose entrance is located around the corner from the building's main entryway.

Real estate investor Shai Ben-Ami will partner with both tenants on ownership and buildout. Bar Lab Group will also work with Balloo on his restaurant.

Felix Bendersky of F+B Hospitality Brokerage, and Mika Mattingly and Soleil Mershon of Colliers International South Florida represented the landlord, and Ben-Ami represented the tenants.

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