Traymore by Michael Schwartz Opens in March, a Miami Beach Hideaway for a Fresh Taste of the Exotic

 

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We are excited to announce that Traymore by Michael Schwartz will open in March with our partners at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach.  Exploring the lighter, brighter side of South East Asia and the Pacific tropics, Chef’s new menu finds vibrant flavor and energy at the intersection of bold umami and delicate, natural freshness. Guests will experience a redesign of the main dining room, terrace and inner beach path-fronted garden, with lunch, dinner and a new bar program to start.

“I have always been drawn to the bold, bright flavors and ingredients of this part of the world and am inspired by the sense of harmony core to what the COMO brand of hospitality and healthy, delicious food is all about,” Michael says.  “For me, a restaurant is always about the entire experience not just the food and that was really important as we thought about what we wanted this place to become. The bar program channels this balance and brings it all together.”

Raw Bar items like Royal Red Shrimp coconut milk, lime, Thai basil, crispy rice; shareable, vegetable-driven small plates under ‘Market Table’ such as Scarlet Turnips with bottarga, white miso; Appetizers like Beef Carpaccio with heart of palm, kohlrabi, peanuts, burnt lime vinaigrette. Entrees include Wok Charred Wild Salmon four sprout salad, toasted pumpkin seeds, soy lime vinaigrette and sides like Stir Fried Thai Eggplant Curry. Finally, indulgent flavor-packed desserts including Black Sesame Pound Cake with coconut cream, marinated papaya, toasted sesame seed.

 

Schwartz has collaborated with longtime partners at award-winning design firm Meyer Davis Studio – designers of Amara at Paraiso and the forthcoming restaurant at Park Grove – to refresh the space, celebrating its art deco past and the integrity of existing design elements.  The Genuine Hospitality Group will oversee food and beverage throughout the property including in-room dining service and the pool area.  Brunch will shortly follow.

“Miami Beach will always be about the scene, but in this particular location on Mid-Beach we wanted to work with this idea of how losing yourself in good energy can be just as invigorating,” Michael continues. “It’s still a largely unexplored stretch, which is definitely part of the draw.  Tapping into the beach as the original getaway destination it will always be and making that more accessible to locals. It can be that for them, too. Especially!”

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is located at 2445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 33140. For more information visit traymoremiamibeach.com and follow the new restaurant and bar for updates on opening including events and menu, on Instagram @traymoremiamibeach.

Schwartz Readies His Beachside Manor Announcing New Restaurant at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

The back porch at lobby and restaurant level.

COMO, estás. Today Michael is excited to announce a partnership with COMO Hotels and Resorts to open a new restaurant at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach later this year in the Traymore Restaurant and Gin Bar space at 2445 Collins Ave. In addition to rolling out new breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch menus, The Genuine Hospitality Group will oversee food and beverage throughout the property including in-room dining service. We have already begun to immerse ourselves in this beautiful new environment and are inspired to be back on Miami Beach where the spirit and soul is layered and strong. Opening is planned in time for the 2018-19 season.

“For us, it’s always about more than the food. But the food is really important!” Michael explains.  “We feel a kinship with what the COMO brand represents.  There is a commitment to both personalized service and reflecting the location of the property and its history in the space.  It’s about a holistic approach to creating a thoughtful experience for guests.”

As restaurant people, we are driven by the opportunity to create and feed off this energy, whether it’s an experience inside one of our existing spaces or developing a new one.  Despite the many projects that come across our desks, there are few that make sense to pursue — the right mix of timing, inspiration and resources, and of course how it impacts our people and the growth of the business at large.

COMO Metropolitan’s terrace, fronting a boardwalk the runs north between beach and the backyards of the buildings down Collins Ave (here facing south)

Name and concept will be announced soon, with an approach grounded in food you can feel good about eating, natural and balanced with global influences. Michael will collaborate with longtime partners at award-winning design firm Meyer Davis Studio – designers of Amara at Paraiso and the forthcoming restaurant at Park Grove – to refresh the space, celebrating its art deco past and the integrity of existing design elements.

The view from the pool (behind) back to the hotel (facing west).

COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is a 74-room hotel occupying an original 1930s building located in the heart of the city’s famous art deco district. The hotel has direct access to the beach and a private swimming pool, two restaurants, and a COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa. Located on Collins Avenue and 24th Street, the views stretch across the Atlantic to the east or the Intracoastal Waterway to the west, flooding rooms with Miami Beach sunshine. Interiors are by the Italian designer Paola Navone, who preserved the hotel’s art deco heritage and contrasted it with an urbane, contemporary spirit in shades of peppermint green and dusky grey with surfaces of cool white marble and shining chrome. Traymore, the hotel’s headline restaurant, offers fine Floridian seafood and the signature Traymore Bar showcases over 30 artisanal gins. The COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa features four treatment rooms and a rooftop hydrotherapy pool.

The COMO Group, headquartered in Singapore, represents Christina Ong’s unique vision of contemporary living. The Group encompasses the hospitality collection, COMO Hotels and Resorts, which offers personalised luxury travel experiences through individualised service, a commitment to holistic wellness, and award-winning cuisine. Each hotel is developed in response to the destination it inhabits. The Group also includes the international luxury fashion retailer Club 21, the award-winning wellness concept COMO Shambhala, and the philanthropic COMO Foundation. Get a glimpse of their beautiful destinations and follow along for the adventures on Instagram @comohotels.

A slice of Harry’s Pizzeria® for Miami Beach

1680 Meridian Avenue and Michael Schwartz (credit: The Real Deal)

More Harry’s, more fun!  As reported by The Real Deal yesterday afternoon, we’re excited about our next signed lease in our neighborhood American pizzeria brand’s expansion — especially since it’s in the Schwartz family backyard on the Beach!  Located at 1680 Meridian Avenue, the space is ground level and will include outdoor seating, just like we like it!  At 2,500 square feet, Miami Beach will join our current three locations, in the Miami Design District, Coconut Grove and at Downtown Dadeland, as well as announced restaurants in Aventura, Sunrise, Atlanta and Cleveland.  Opening is slated in our timeline for fall 2018.  For news and updates, follow #HPMiamiBeach.  And check out our biggest Marra Forni rotator pizza oven yet at 7,100 pounds, which was delivered at the crack of dawn to our forthcoming Aventura Mall location this morning, here.

Michele Oka Doner: World-Renowned Artist, Native Miamian, Tavern Tastemaker

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Miami is a transient place. People come as often as people go. For some, our magic city is just a staging place for a bigger life, for others, arriving in Miami brings the dreams of a new life. For a few of us though, Miami is the magic city where we were born. Michele Oka Doner is one of the latter. Her remarkable talent and awe-inspiring works of art have taken her all over the country and globe, but Michele will always call Miami Beach home. In today’s Tavern Tastemakers episode with Ocean Drive Magazine we get a little bit of insight into what that was like while she cozies up to a lunch at Cypress Tavern with Editor in Chief Jared Shapiro.

Director and editor Gio Gutierrez shooting Jen Massolo as she crafts two drinks for Michele's episode. Visit her tonight behind the Cypress Bar to enjoy them at a special price of $10.

Chat Chow’s Gio Gutierrez shooting Jen Massolo as she crafts two drinks for Michele’s episode. Visit her tonight behind the Cypress Bar to enjoy them at a special price of $10.

The beauty of a childhood spent outdoors amidst the flora and fauna of our tropical paradise shaped the artist that Michele has become. One look at any of her pieces is to witness the glory of the natural world in some form. Miami was not just a backdrop though, the social aspect of a budding city was a part of her world as well. As Michele explains in today’s Tavern Tastemakers episode, when approaching how she might design a piece of work for a city, she looks to the locals, the people who her art will impact, and she goes from there. This because she knows something of transience and she knows the gravity of permanence. A Miami native has seen the makeovers and resurgences that a city goes through, and Michele’s gift is taking that experience and reflecting it back. Her art represents the full spectrum of a city, it’s people, and it’s soul.

Her work The River of Quintessence is a mosaic floor of green glass, mother of pearl and seashells that winds through the U.S. Courthouse in Laredo, Texas just as the Rio Grande snakes through the city’s landscape, creating a sense of comfort in a building  that might not always offer much. A Walk On the Beach at the Miami International Airport channels the Miami beaches of years past, that Michele’s young feet walked upon. Some of these creatures can only be witnessed through art anymore, because of people and time and change. But Michele gives these treasures back to us, under our own feet, in beautifully crafted bronze and mother of pearl, for us to continue to explore year after year.

In this way, Michele is a sort of gatekeeper. She gives us back a bit of the past so that, like the ancient trees on Pine Tree Drive that she speaks of, a little more of her Miami Beach can continue to live on. For this, we are lucky to have her, and for this she is a Tavern Tastemaker.

Visit Michele’s latest Miami installationHow I Caught A Swallow in Mid-Air, at Perez Art Museum. Now until September 11, 2016.

[Recipe] There’s No Place Like A Walk on the Beach for Michele Oka Doner

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Next Tuesday our third of six episodes of Tavern Tastemakers goes live on oceandrive.com featuring world-renowned artist Michele Oka Doner, conjurer of the spirit of the ocean and the soul of Miami Beach, the place where hers first opened and where father, Kenneth Oka, was a judge and Mayor.  The Schwartz family’s midcentury modern gem they purchased years back is her childhood home, tucked away off Bayshore Golf Course — brimming with its history and full of new life and art of its own.

And there is so much art to celebrate now in Miami, thanks to our honored guest.  Earlier this month Michele visited from New York City to debut her costumes in the Miami City Ballet’s new production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, fittingly set under the sea, and to open a new show at Perez Art Museum Miami, “How I Caught a Swallow in Midair” on March 24 (on view until September 11, 2016.)  More on this here when her episode airs on April 5.

Jen behind the bar on March 7 at Michele's shoot.

Jen behind the bar on March 7 at Michele’s shoot.

We will toast all these beautiful things that evening from 6-8PM at Cypress Tavern’s Tastemaker Cocktail Hour with beautiful cocktails to match, designed for our visionary enigma by Jen Massolo, an admirer and percolating well of creativity in her own right.   Our dear friend, a spirits expert and the founder of consulting company The Liquid Projects, offers two bright and refreshing drinks inspired by Michele’s art works, The River of Quintessence and A Walk on the Beach.

We concern ourselves with the latter here, named for the mother of pearl, bronze, and terrazzo installation meandering travelers through the American Airlines terminal of the Miami International Airport.

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The River of Quintessence, to the back, and A Walk on the Beach to the front.

The treasures in the sand that fascinated and nurtured Michele as she was growing up on Miami Beach now dazzle newcomers with their whimsical brilliance and wash those of us familiar with these charms — colorful sunsets, the hurricanes, thunderstorms, tides, the flora and fauna — gently back to shore.  There’s really no better way to be welcomed home, gliding over this glittering magic carpet of jewels.

A Walk on the Beach  — honey-ginger syrup, lime, fennel
This cocktail is delightfully light in its non-alcoholic form as it was designed for Michele on the day of her interview.  Add 1 ounce (or more if you desire!) Tequila Avion Blanco or Reposado for a spirited version.

Makes one drink

2 ounces Ginger-Honey Syrup (recipe below)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Dash of fennel bitters
1.5 cups sparkling water
Lime zest and mint sprig for garnish

Add syrup, lime juice and fennel bitters to a tumbler filled with ice and vigorously shake.  Strain into a collins glasses built with crushed ice and top with sparkling water.  Finish with lime zest and a mint sprig.

Ginger-Honey Syrup

Makes about 2 cups of syrup

2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons raw honey
2 cups boiling water

Steep ginger, mint, and honey in the boiling water.  Allow to cool and strain into a quart container. Keeps for a while sealed in the refrigerator, but shouldn’t last long given all the cocktails and sodas you’ll want to make with it.  Great pantry item for your home bar.