First Look Inside Massive Food Hall Now Open At Virgin MiamiCentral

It’s finally open.

The massive food hall at Virgin Trains/Brightline’s MiamiCentral in downtown Miami, which features stunning interior design, was serving diners yesterday for the first time.

La Estación American Brasserie, the anchor restaurant with 240 seats and a bar spread over 10,000 square feet of space, was open last night, while other venues appeared nearly ready for opening. La Estación is as sister restaurant to Juvia in South Beach.

The eateries will include Rosetta Bakery, House of Mac, and even a Chick-fil-A stand (a full Chick-fil-A is under construction on the ground floor). Other tenants include Bucks Crepes, Patagonia Flavors by Delicatessen Patagonia, Bio Bio Gelato, Art de Vivre, Parliament Coffee & Espresso Bar, and 800º Woodfired Kitchen.

Even more is on the way. It appeared that another half of the food hall was still entirely closed off.

(Only La Estación was open at the time the photos below were taken).

 

Part of the hall is still closed off:

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Anonymous

Incredible! Dowbtown Miami is finally coming into its own!

Anonymous

It’s getting like San Francisco only Miami is more elegant

Anonymous

Less literal shit lol

Anonymous

less intelligent people

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and less homeless people shooting up!!!

Anonymous

and more parking spaces

Anonymous

and wider roads

Anonymous

And sexier people. Anybody wants to add anything else?

Miami1

…and it will run on Shore Power!!

Anonymous

bigger feet 🙂

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Random but ok!

Anonymous

You misspelled ‘fewer’

Anonymous

what are you smoking?

Anonymous

It looks far better and more spacious than the foodhall at brickell city center. I’m looking to House of Mac and Chick Fil a the most.

Anonymous

This area will be waaaay better than Brickell

Anonymous

Different but not better. Both areas will have their own pros and cons.

Anonymous

Thank you.. that’s why comparisons really shouldn’t apply to what developers are eyeing to do in different areas.

Anonymous

Sorry guys, I live in Park West so I’m biased? They will both be amazing but this will be better (in my eyes)?

Anonymous

I don’t think you’re looking at this area as being better than Brickell, I think you’re finally witnessing a transformation in this part of downtown that you’ve always been waiting for because face it, this area has been far behind all of Brickell for far too long.

Anonymous

no prison in brickell

Anonymous

Where do you put your boat in Park West?
In the Arts & Entertainment District, or the Central Business District.

Anonymous

Or Brickell.

Anonymous

Smart people don’t own a boat… they rent when needed. Lookup that “Happiest and second happiest day in a mans life” joke to understand.

The smartest of all make good friends with someone who owns a boat. 😉

Anonymous

Park west? Will be better than Brickell?
Okay.

Anonymous

It will be. Watch it

Azarius

Brickell is more luxurious as in Downtown is Upper Middle class and Wynwood is for the young “Professionals”/ Artist …Edgewater i feel like is a baby Brickell being so close to Mid Town and Design District

Anonymous

Stunning? Downtown is becoming amazing, I can’t wait to see how it will look in 5 years!

Anonymous

loving the progress in downtown.

Anonymous

And just wait till the Orlando leg of Brightline/Virgin Train tracks and station are completed and up an running.

Anonymous

I am LOVING the Chic fil-a Most popular place in the food hall!!!

Anonymous

It’s open, but empty! Where are the people???

Coastal Link will solve the people issue. Commuter Rail will bring thousands of people into downtown every work day. And take thousands of cars off the roads.

Why is our government moving at a snails pace?

Anonymous

Why are you asking questions and looking for instant success about things and an area that’s still under development?

Anonymous

Tri-rail needs to start running soon. It would bring in more people quickly from out west, where Brightline does not run. We also need a stop in Wynwood.

Anonymous

Brightline owns the ROW. They have been blocking Coastal Link for years. Coastal Link is NOT going to happen.

Anonymous

Wow!

Anonymous

Why people continue to compare this area to Brickell? They are two completely difference neighborhoods both with their own pros an cons… this are isn’t finished yet but it seems more of my liking and I’m sure more affordable. To me Brickell is more upscale, something suited more for rich folks!

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Found the Brickell realtor…

Anonymous

I’ve been to both, entirely different vibe and price points. Brickell is more expensive and has people who live in the condos around there, MiamiCentral was lower price points and everyone I saw was either travelling on train or worked downtown.

Anonymous

Well duh, you are comparing them NOW, we are talking about 5-10 years down the road and by then ir will be better than Brickell

Anonymous

Virgin should get involved in helping to get Amtrak to MIC center at airport and connect Miami Central to the infrastructure to the rest of the country – since the Miami commissioners are so inept or don’t want to get involved for political reasons

Anonymous

Virgin Train is owned by private enterprise, Amtrak is backed by the federal government.

Anonymous

yes and Amtrak is so perfectly ran

Anonymous

Because Amtrak will prob just come back a few months before starting services and proclaim that the platform isn’t long enough for them.

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Umm….are they actually making a full service Chick-fil-a? Or is that little cart all we get?

Anonymous

Microwave chicken box

Anonymous

They are building a full size restaurant on the first floor (minus the drive through). But for a year or so that cart is all we get.

Anonymous

“La Estación American Brasserie” sounds a bit contradictory, but the decor sure looks good.

Anonymous

Went there..nice spots but waaaaaaay to pricey. $9 for a slice of pizza

Anonymous

Hope Chic-fil-a can find enough cute blond girls for the store.

Anonymous

Do you know if the Chick-fil-A stand is serving food??

peej

What else would they serve? Lemonade, Coffee & Bibles?

Anonymous

And also homophobia.

Anonymous

Food and saliva if they find out that the customers are LGBTQ?

Miami1

What’s wrong with Liberty, Guns, Beer, Trump and Queso!?

Anonymous

Get a life.

Anonymous

Lol….

Anonymous

They serve hate and guns

Anonymous

Its not hate and theres nothing wrong with guns.

Anonymous

The original question was well asked. Your reply would have actually made sense if you didn’t add your Christophobia at the end. Chick-fil-a is actually famous for their Lemonade, and they also have coffee. To answer the question that was asked, most stands that I have visited usually only have a small selection, like sandwiches, and nuggets.

Anonymous

Christophobia?!? lmao Christians are the most hateful group in the US and no one has phobia against them but only disgust

Anonymous

Yes, it is.

Anonymous

the modern day food court – think Aventura Mall. and this place will be dead and the places will close – just like Citadel, Roche whatever… expensive food you have to serve yourself. And the Time Out one in Sobe? These places won’t make it.

Wang

Sorry to be negative, but Miami is and will not be world class, or match SF, NYC, or CHI. Why?

Look at all glaring missing portion to go alongside all the private development: public works. A complete dearth of infrastructure outside a glamorized bridge on land that looks like 1000 other highway viaducts in Asia (only Miami’s is SMALLER) No public transport, no security, no parks, no beautification… Miami is a joke so long its leaders in government remain the unperforming incompetent joke they are. WHERE ARE THE PUBLIC WORKS to follow and keep up with all the private projects? Shameful.

Anonymous

New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco are also much older than Miami.

I keep saying this – a lot of people in Miami really need to travel and see other bigger cities.

Anonymous

Miami is truly a complete waste of a city. It doesn’t begin to compare with so, so many US cities that have real depth, economy, infrastructure. The biggest economy in Miami is construction. That itself is extremely sad as it’s completely unsustainable.

Anonymous

You people lack vision. Period.