Design District Retail Sales Up 40% In Six Months, New Hotel Coming Soon

Construction on the second half of Miami’s Design District is nearly complete with a number of new retail and restaurants about to open. An announcement of a new hotel could be made within months.

Craig Robins, the CEO of developer Dacra told the SFBJ last week that Design District retail sales have increased 40 percent over the past six months, and that there is now “real momentum.”

Robins said that the district has only been half open for the past few years, and that the second half is opening now. Among the recent or upcoming openings are:

  • Institute of Contemporary Art (museum)
  • Ember and Kaido (restaurant by Chef Brad Kilgore)
  • St. Roch Market (food hall)
  • L’Atelier (fine dining) by Joël Robuchon
  • Le Sushi (Japanese) by Joël Robuchon
  • Le Bar (bar/lounge) by Joël Robuchon
  • Le Boutique (cafe/bakery) by Joël Robuchon
  • Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Roberta’s pizza
  • Gucci
  • Aesop
  • Creed
  • Empresa
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Celine
  • Joseph
  • Eres
  • Ralph & Russo
  • Museum Garage (800 parking spaces)

With the new openings, Robins says that “it will all come together now.” The Design District will now become a cultural destination and place to hang out at all different price points rather than just about luxury, he said.

 

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Anonymous

The Biscayne corridor from downtown up to the county line really needs permanent mass transit.

Anonymous

never will happen until new forward thinking young leaders get involved

Anonymous

Forward thinking isnt whats needed. Its money and nobody wants to pay for it

Anonymous

We ALL started paying in 2002….it was voted on an approved by us but not ONE mile of extension built….that’s precisely why we need new people

Anonymous

There is plenty of money. They start from one end and rebuild highways to the other, restarting when finished.

Anonymous

MorningSide and BelleMeade HOA’s, lead by Elvys Cruz and his middle class suburban gang kill every single new development on Biscayne BLvd. between 36th and 79th Streets. Because of their stupidity the city of Miami is loosing lots of new jobs and money that can be use to improve mass transportation in the corridor.

Anonymous

Fantastic.. clean up the dusk in time for winter events and tourism.

Anonymous

The opening of Paradise Plaza will be very positive.. many more shops and restaurants.

Anonymous

its unfortunate but reality dictates most locals ..both those who could afford to shop there and those of us who would go for food and entertainment will hesitate just because we have had no movement in the form of transit options and the hassle of driving there will hurt those retailers..yes…im aware all cities have traffic but miami suffers more due to skill levels and infrastrucure…no leaders in this city for last 25 years…

Anonymous

They don’t care about locals. Just tourists and they figure it doesn’t matter if they sit in traffic.

City Commissioner

“miami suffers more due to skill levels and infrastrucure”
THANK YOU!!!!! Is like they are giving away driver licenses at the DMV.

Anonymous

What’s built there stays there…… is progress and we all will benefit for that , one way to another …… is more jobs opportunities and tourism ……

Gene

This project must have more housing around it, within it and above it to really be successful. Very few people can realistically walk to these shops and there’s a limit to how much people will endure traffic to get to this outdoor art fair. Just wait till the BrightLine starts with multiple trains tieing up more intersections.

Anonymous

It should have been much more mixed use like City Center DC which has 12 floors of high end condos and housing above the same stores. But in Miami they only buiod the luxury condos on the water or in huge towers.

Anonymous

Except with less ugly architecture and more in the style which exists in Buena Vista, and where it differs as more respectful. CityCenter DC looks like a schizophrenic mess, which is unfortunate because it has the human scale right.

Anonymous

What is the contemporary equivalent to the Buena Vista architectural Style? Two stories Pollo Tropical look like beige Buildings with a couple of shingles here and there, fake Styrofoam trims and aluminum picket railing?
Are we making the Design District into the new Boca del Vista retirement center?!!!!

Anonymous

The city does nothing to help this happen..the entire block of streetlights on NE 40th from Miami Ave to NE 1st Ave have been out for 5 months and counting.

Anonymous

the lights on venetian causeway must be on same grid!!!!…theres a stretch about 3 blocks long that at night is complete darkness…anyone biking or running etc is subject to whims of our gifted drivers..not to mention trash thrown in bike lane…ive contacted the city over 3 times

Anonymous

I just saw that last night and was really surprised, thought MB was way more responsive, guess not.

Anonymous

They’ve just elected a bunch of car first politicians.

Anonymous

Le Stationnement (parking garage) by Joël Robuchon.

Anonymous

What a beautiful place. After visiting Asia, Europe and South America, without a doubt, this is one of the best retail places I’ve seen in the world. The quality and design of the stores is outstanding. Very nice. Great addition to Miami.

Anonymous

what the heck are you smoking?

Anonymous

nm, thought i was on the costco thread

Anonymous

That would be even funnier.

Oscar

Can’t help but wonder if he’s counting just same-store sales in that 40% increase or if those new openings are conveniently inflating that figure.

Anonymous

WE’LL SEE

Anonymous

Sounds a little too rosy right?