Together with The New Tropic, Miami’s Arts + Entertainment District announced the launch of A+Eats: The Search for Miami’s Next Great Restaurant Concept, a community-driven contest aimed at discovering Miami’s next ‘it’ restaurant. Whether an established or aspiring chef or restaurateur, anyone with the “chops” to deliver on a truly unique restaurant concept that embraces the spirit of Miami’s Arts + Entertainment District, as well as the talent and know-how to back it up, can enter. The prize: a rent-free restaurant space within Miami’s Arts + Entertainment District for one year.
Centrally located between Wynwood and Downtown Miami, the burgeoning Arts + Entertainment District has become a local watering hole and outpost for both locals and visitors, given its propensity for culturally rich and locally rooted events and happenings. Recent events include “Miami Soul Train,” a silent dance party on the Miami Metromover in partnership with Miami Dade Transit, and “Lazy BrunchBQ,” a community gathering featuring live music, area food vendors, and outdoor social games. Already home to a budding restaurant scene with the arrival of Fooq’s, Mignonette, and Vice City, the Arts + Entertainment District aims to further enhance its culinary offerings by launching a restaurant search and contest as unique as the area itself.
“As evidenced by our residents, as well as those who attend our monthly events, the Arts + Entertainment District community has a strong creative and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Ron Gottesman, co-principal of NR Investments and the visionary behind Miami’s Arts + Entertainment District. “This contest is intended to celebrate and further elevate Miami’s local talent, while searching for the area’s next ‘it’ chef or restaurant. Start-up costs can make it difficult for new businesses to take flight, so we’re giving one winner the chance to turn their restaurant concept into a reality.”
To participate, candidates must visit TheNewTropic.com/AEats beginning Monday, August 10 at 9am ET through Monday, August 31, 2015 at 5pm ET to fill out and submit an online application regarding their proposed restaurant concept. Proposed concepts will be judged on three criteria: originality, know-how, and community. Submissions close on Monday, August 31 at 5pm ET, following which a shortlist of semifinalists will be selected.
Semifinalists will undergo more a detailed screening to select five finalists. The final five candidates will be invited to compete in a live cookoff event on October 17, 2015. The winning concept, selected by a cross-disciplinary panel of community constituents and special guests, will receive a restaurant space rent-free for one year and available for operation beginning early 2016.
“Through this contest, we’ve provided yet another platform to bring continued economic development to the area, while staying true to its mission, which is to create a thriving urban village for Miami’s young professionals,” added Nir Shoshani, co-principal of NR Investments. “This is a community underpinned by easy access to public transportation, affordable housing, and a strong sense of belonging through its robust roster of monthly events and activities, and so it’s in true A+E nature to turn to our community to help us find Miami’s next best restaurant concept.”