Revitalized urban hotspot Downtown Dadeland announced the addition of its newest chef-driven restaurant Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen, opening doors in fall 2017. The brainchild of My Ceviche founders Roger Duarte and James Beard Nominee Sam Gorenstein, Zuuk is an all-natural, healthy alternative to on-the-go Mediterranean cuisine. Downtown Dadeland will serve as the restaurant’s second location.

Customers can select from their choice of pita, rice bowl or salad, all of which can be topped with traditional Mediterranean spreads such as roasted red pepper hummus or Baba Ghanoush, a protein or vegetable, a selection of toppings and a variety of homemade sauces, including: sumac-citrus dressing, cilantro-lemon tahini, zhoug, and spicy harissa.

”When we were selecting the next location for Zuuk, we took a lot of things into consideration,” says Gorenstein, COO and executive chef for Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen. “We looked at area demographics, customer demand and the variety of restaurants in the area. We ultimately went with Downtown Dadeland because it’s a unique mix of concepts with something to offer everyone rather than just more of the same.”

Major changes have been underway at Downtown Dadeland’s revitalized urban culinary and lifestyle center since DHPI LLC, a joint venture between Duncan Hillsley Capital and PEBB Capital, took over in 2014. The center has brought a number of first-time concepts to the area, successfully creating a new downtown for the suburban communities of South Miami.

“Zuuk’s healthy Mediterranean cooking will be an excellent addition to our restaurant lineup at Downtown Dadeland,” says Shane Hillsley, managing director of Duncan Hillsley Capital. “Its existing location has truly resonated with the South Florida community, and we are certain their menu will be an instant hit at Downtown Dadeland.”

Slated to open at Downtown Dadeland later this year are Pubbelly Sushi, Harry’s Pizzeria, a nationally recognized restaurant by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’s; and Ghee Indian Kitchen, a concept created by well-known Chef Niven Patel, former executive chef for Schwartz’s namesake restaurant, Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink. The lifestyle center has a unique selection of tenants including: Barley an American Brasserie, The Brick American Kitchen & Bar, Nanndi Frozen Cream & Pastry Shop and Orangetheory Fitness.

Rafael Romero, CCIM, and Steven Henenfeld of Continental Real Estate Companies (CREC) represented the landlord, Downtown Dadeland, in the transaction.

Located on 7250 North Kendall Drive, Downtown Dadeland offers a fresh urban vision, bringing together dining, shopping and health & fitness establishments to create a dynamic and vibrant destination.

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