Dave Grutman’s Groot Hospitality and Tao Hospitality Group have announced that they will open a restaurant called Casadonna at the historic Miami Woman’s Club this summer, according to Bloomberg and Eater.
Tao co-founder Noah Tepperberg told Bloomberg that “from day one our idea was to do something iconic.”
The venue will have 366 seats, with indoor and outdoor space on the bayfront.
The name itself is a merger of the words for “house of the woman” in Italian. The menu will be “Riviera Italian,” with a modern presentation of dishes from Naples, Taormina, Bari, Positano, and Gaeta.
The Miami Woman’s Club (spelled as the Miami Women’s Club by the two media outlets, but as Miami Woman’s Club on official records) was built in 1930, according to county records. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Casadonna designer Ken Fulk told Bloomberg that it is a “grande dame of a building.”
The theme of the new restaurant will be “old Hollywood glamour comes to modern day Miami,” Fulk said.
The kitchen is expected to remain open until midnight or 11PM on weekdays, and until 1 AM on weekends, but Grutman says he expects guests will stay even later than that.
Opening is expected in June or July.
Photos of the historic building from 2013:
(photos: Phillip Pessar)