As Miami Beach continues to experience business migration and the return of international visitors, the Lincoln Road District reports drawing over 7.8 million visits over the past year, demonstrating a strong post-pandemic recovery in foot traffic. The District is welcoming seven new restaurants and retailers, including Playa, Issabella’s, Pollos & Jarras and Pure, and prepares for the arrival of another seven concepts, such as YOYOSO, Andres Carne de Res, The Cheesecake Factory, and Tacombi, over the coming months.
The Lincoln Road District continues to lead as one of South Florida’s most visited destinations, signaling how it is well on its way to rebound to the roughly 11 million visits achieved pre-pandemic. Over the past year, from January 2021 to January 2022, approximately 7.8 million visits were tracked on Lincoln Road, according to Placer.ai, an analytics platform that provides mobile location data. The foot traffic was mainly comprised of locals and tourists given that the meeting and convention business at the Miami Beach Convention Center was minimal during this period. The Lincoln Road District achieved the highest visit count in comparison to other high-profile destinations in South Florida, including Miami Design District with 4.1 million, Brickell City Centre at 3.9 million, and Wynwood’s Second Avenue corridor with 3.7 million, the Placer .ai data shows.
Over the past two years, the Lincoln Road District has invested in creating partnerships to make the destination more appealing to locals and visitors, contributing to its strong rebound in foot traffic. This effort has included collaborating with the New World Symphony on a live outdoor concert series, partnering with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) to launch the Artisan Market on Lincoln Road featuring local culinary talent now in its second year, and adding outdoor fitness programming including yoga, bootcamp and Zumba led by top local instructors.
“From exceptional culinary offerings and contemporary retailers to an array of arts and cultural activations – the Lincoln Road District continues to create unique experiences that attract visitors and locals alike,” said Lyle Stern, President of the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District (BID) and President of Koniver Stern Group. “Retailers and restaurants are choosing Lincoln Road because of its iconic significance, the destination’s strong recovery from the pandemic and the unique partnerships we have developed. With visitation reaching almost eight million over the past year, every new addition to the District will further enhance our dining, shopping and cultural offerings to keep residents and visitors returning to Lincoln Road.”
With a growing retail and restaurant scene, the Lincoln Road District announces the much-anticipated opening of globally recognized retailer YOYOSO on the 1100 block that will occupy 5,600 square feet, an Asian fast fashion and leisure brand with over 800 stores worldwide. As a result of its success on Lincoln Road, the popular athletic apparel retailer Lululemon is opening a larger space on the 800 block.
The Lincoln Road District will also welcome an additional six eateries that will include Andrés Carne de Res, Colombia’s most popular restaurant known for combining authentic cuisine and theatrical moments to create an elevated dining experience for patrons of all ages that will occupy 14,000 square feet at 455 Lincoln Road; the popular national brand The Cheesecake Factory signed a 7,000-square-foot lease to occupy 600 Lincoln Road with plans to open this fall; the highly awaited opening of Tacombi, the traditional Mexican taqueria expanding from New York, situated at 1688 Meridian Ave; Mediterranean concept Baklava, Inc. set to open at 618 Lincoln Road; authentic Italian pizzeria Napul É Pizzeria Ristorante located at 607 Lincoln Road; and the classic Italian restaurant Romina’s Ristorante Italiano at 833 Lincoln Road.
With a rise in retail momentum, Miami continues to benefit from brands flocking to the region as the population and number of visitors steadily grows. The Lincoln Road District recently became home to Gopuff, an on-demand delivery service of favorite foods and essentials. The location at 1675 Lincoln Road offers 4,000 products, making it easy to deliver customers’ daily needs from the store to their front door. Other new retailers on Lincoln Road include Pure, a luxury multi-brand retailer space at 639 Lincoln Road.
As an ever-evolving dining destination, Lincoln Road’s newest restaurant concepts include Playa that occupies a 4,600-square-foot space located at 915 Lincoln Road, created by Show Hospitality, the masterminds behind Mau Miami, that features a tropical décor, Mediterranean cuisine with a Southern twist and an exhilarating live entertainment experience in the evenings. Issabella’s is a spot for sophisticated European tapas at 1022 Lincoln Road occupying 4,182 square feet, which is owned by the son of the late Prady Balan, who owned Balans restaurant for many years on Lincoln Road and this is a continuation of the family’s residency on the Road. Pollos & Jarras, a modern Peruvian concept by Chef Juan Chipoco of CVI.CHE 105, has opened at 1237 Lincoln Road; Wok to Walk, serving fast-fresh Asian inspired dishes in a space of about 1,500 square feet at 1629 Alton Avenue; and Sunlife Organic, a health-conscious juice and smoothie bar open at 1212 Lincoln Road.
More Details on New Openings on Lincoln Road
Located in the heart of South Beach on Lincoln Road at 915 Lincoln Road, Playa transports guests to the coastal shores of the Mediterranean with a menu that celebrates fresh, regional flavors with a uniquely Southern twist. Guests can opt to enjoy the lush, breezy outdoor seating or dine inside to experience the captivating tropical decor. Live climbing plants, arching waterfalls and a relaxed ambiance will place guests right on the beach, yet at night, the space transforms into an exhilarating live entertainment experience.
Pairing traditional style and service in a fresh and inviting space, Issabella’s takes inspiration from Spain, the South of France and Italy. Experience contemporary, sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine in the lively Lincoln Road District at 1022 Lincoln Road. A refreshing and elegant restaurant, focusing on quality produce, easy-drinking beverages and tapas-style sharing plates with an intimate ambiance that draws locals and visitors.
Pollos & Jarras
A Peruvian restaurant concept helmed by CVI.CHE 105 by Founder and Chef Juan Chipoco. Located at 1237 Lincoln Road, Pollos & Jarras features traditional cuisine with a twist! Menu standouts include rotisserie chicken, a variety of ceviche dishes, grilled meats and maki rolls. Reflective of the vibrant South American country where Chef Chipoco was born, the restaurant’s aesthetic includes a mix of modern glass panels, neon posters with cheeky Peruvian sayings, and wood and stone elements creating an eclectic dining experience.
Wok to Walk
Wok to Walk started in 2004 in Amsterdam after a trip around Asia – and now has more than 100 locations around the world. Wok to Walk concept is chef inspired and combines fresh and healthy food with fast-paced dining. The quick flare restaurant offers delicious custom recipes and a great show at its Lincoln Road location at 1629 Alton Road.
Serving smoothies, Açaí bowls, cleansing juices, protein and plant-based shakes and specialty coffee and teas, SunLife Organics values the wellness of its customers. With health at its center, the organic spot aims to bring happiness to people’s lives, providing nutrition made from the highest quality ingredients Mother Nature has to offer. This isn’t just a juice bar, it’s a way of life fueled by the belief that you matter. SunLife Organics ‘love, heal and inspire’ mantra is now inspiring customers at its space at 1212 Lincoln Road.
Gopuff makes it easy to get items from the shopping list to your front door. With 500-plus facilities delivering to over 1,000 cities, Gopuff brings on-demand delivery service close to the customers. Gopuff’s newest location at 1675 Alton Road offers 4,000 products, making it fast and easy to deliver customers’ daily needs from the store right to their door.
For over 15 years, Pure remains a leader in the luxury multi-brand retailer space, creating experiences of luxury, culture and fashion. Each Pure boutique provides an exclusive culture based shopping experience, boasting a curated assortment of elevated streetwear energy. With Pure’s flagship in Atlanta, and additional locations in Miami, Houston, and Charlotte – the latest arrival in Miami Beach is open at 639 Lincoln Road.
More Details on Concepts Coming Soon to Lincoln Road
YOYOSO is an international fast fashion & leisure department store brand set to open at 1119 Lincoln Road. The brand’s youthful and happiness philosophy within its unique retail space brings creativity and individuality together. YOYOSO stands for ‘Yes. Optimal. Young. One. Sweet. Optimistic’ and is operated and managed by Hongkong YOYOSO Trading Limited.
Defined by its commitment to creating delicious, memorable experiences, the national restaurant brand The Cheesecake Factory will make its debut on Lincoln Road, taking over the restaurant space previously occupied by Sushi Samba. The deal was executed by Terranova Corporation, which owns the property located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Lincoln Road surrounded by flagship stores from top retailers including H&M, Zara, and Sephora.
Andres Carne de Res
Bogota’s world-renowned restaurant Andres Carne de Res has selected Miami’s Lincoln Road to debut its first U.S location, which is set to open later this year at 455 Lincoln Road. The lively Colombian restaurant with a 40-year history will feature traditional cuisine, a vibrant atmosphere, live music, dancing, and tableside theater, creating the ultimate dining and entertainment experience.
Tacombi is a neighborhood taqueria slated to share the flavors of Mexico at 1688 Meridian Ave. Inspired by passion and adventure, the team converted a ‘combi’ (bus) and started serving up homestyle tacos in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, and Tacombi (Taco + Combi) was born. In 2010, Tacombi landed in New York and has since expanded into Washington DC and Miami. The concept serves up authentic Mexican tacos, quesadillas, ‘burritas’, beer, cocktails and ‘aqua frescas’. Customers can also find traditional “Vista Hermosa” tortilla products at stores across the country.
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