Downtown Miami is still in the midst of an up-and-down economic rollercoaster ride. As of April 30 the corporate offices of Macy's shutter and 600+ lunch eaters get their pink slips, local restos will feel the pain.
In the mean time,
Giordano's Salad Shop is thriving across Flagler Street from the Gusman box office,
Ceviche 105 attracts a very money crowd,
NY Bagel Deli is slated to open next door to Giordano's at the Dupont Building,
you can almost get a table in under 5 minutes at Fratelli Milano on First (and watch the Miami Ink doodle pad boys drink coffee and chain smoke next door),
the PizzaTeca "pizza disco" is opened across 1st street with FULL BAR & an odd door policy attitude (seriously WTF!?),
Pe Peroni Italian is struggling to life on Flagler @ Seybold,
Tre - a pizza concept spot from the La Loggia group - will open on Flagler across from Marshall's,
(note to restaurateurs - E N O U G H Italian)
Starbucks at the BoA closed,
Thai Angel in the dirty corridor where Habibi Grill still thrives is a fun new option,
Thai Churros is struggling/drowning under the weight of the MNT positive review,
likewise the tragic Spaghetti in a Box takeout spot next to La Loggia founders,
Jimmy John's has a VERY loyal following of Atkins/SoBe dieters eating hoagie lettuce wraps while Mario the Baker sells out their garlic rolls daily just next door: "To carb or not to carb - that is the question...,"
and - best news of the day - Manny's has a FREE OYSTER HAPPY HOUR 4-7pm Fridays.