Luna Park Is Replacing La Centrale At Brickell City Centre, Will Still Serve Italian Food

Brickell City Centre’s three-story La Centrale Italian food hall is under new ownership, according to the Herald.

The three-story food hall will now be called Luna Park, led by CEO Fengze Yeh.

La Centrale didn’t last two years, after opening in February 2018. The Casa Tua Cucina food hall at the opposite end of the mall always seemed more crowded.

Luna Park will convert the underused third floor space into a new restaurant by two-star Michelin Chef Nino di Costanzo. Opening is set for after the new year.

The lower two floors will also be rebranded and will reopen December 14.

The first floor will have a market, along with a pizzeria and cafe.

On the second floor will be a butchery called Macellaio RC (serving Nebraska raised but Piedmont-bred Fassona beef), a vegetarian restaurant called Puro’s, and Osterio No. 0, with dishes from Sicily, Puglia and Campagna.

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Anonymous

It was overpriced. I imagine they are just hoping that Eataly will decide to go into one of the two spots if they decide to open a store down here.

They need the Singha Bar to open too to hopefully get some more late night foot traffic into the mall.

I think it was a bad idea to kind of shut the mall in and have blank walls facing the street. It’s not very inviting unless you approach it from Miami Avenue. I get the idea was to enclose it to make shoppers want to stay there but they would have been better off having stores open up to 8th street at least and give the area a more Manhattan feel.

Anonymous

True,that corner at 8th Street and Miami Ave below Sephora feels like a wasted opportunity for a grand entry way into the Mall..

Anonymous

Brickell Citycentre is open on nearly every side, with store fronts at sidewalk level any place that the landlord can possibly put windows and retail space.
There is a pedestrian pass through mid-block between Miami Ave & SE 1st Ave. (Running in front of Saks Fifth Avenue)
You maybe talking about a different Brickell Citycentre.

Anonymous

Maybe overpriced….but it was the same price as Casa Tua. LaCentrale was poorly managed with a horrible staff.

Very happy to have a neighborhood butcher.

Anonymous

Be real
Eataly will never be involved in a place with no foot traffic.
They know better

Anonymous

Clearly another clueless one who’s never been to Brickell Citycentre before.

Anonymous

Would really prefer to just not have 2 italian places in the same compound…

Anonymous

Not just two Italian restaurants in the same place. It feels like every other new restaurant opening is either Italian or some sort of Italian/South American fusion. Would be nice to have a Spanish restaurant or two in the 33131.

Anonymous

yeah.. why not a Spanish food hall?

Anonymous

Because we are not allowed to have nice things.

Anonymous

I think there are too many spanish restaurants already in Miami. Yes, there is a huge hispanic population, but that’s exactly why customers should not be bombarded with any-one type of food. Also visitors prefer a variety.

Anonymous

Miamians don’t want variety. They are satisfied with pastelitos and croquetas. Boring

Anonymous

I think they’re talking about Spanish cuisine from Spain not Latin food from Latin America…

Anonymous

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Anonymous

Typical MIA
No variety. Welcome to the pastelito and croqueta society.

Anonymous

I would love the same concept but with an Asian, Spanish or French theme..

Anonymous

La Centrale was dog shit

Anonymous

not fit for a dog 🙂

Anonymous

It was overpriced and quality wise, nothing you couldn’t find at Whole Foods for a third of the price. Every time I went there it was dead

Anonymous

Besides staff being indifferent, very little variety which I guess came from a lack of customers.

Anonymous

If La Centrale were to open in Aventura or Doral, it would have been a quite different story. Sadly the truth.

Anonymous

The “Food Hall not a foodcourt” trend is beyond played out. Outside of 1800 Lucky, Timeout, and Casa Tua, they’re all super meh.

Anonymous

Ugh time out is gross.

Anonymous

Whats gross about it? Most affordable high quality food on Lincoln TBH. Though thats not saying much. But Kush, Coyo, Love Life, Sushi, Pizza all very strong there. Well operated. Can watch Heat games projected on the wall.

Anonymous

They’re all bound to close if they don’t lower the price and offer better fare

Anonymous

Timout will not be in business much longer…

Anonymous

What makes you say that

Anonymous

Neither of the food halls in Miami will survive…
Too expensive. Wrong concept for a food hall

Anonymous

Like any entertainment venue in Miami: Overpriced.
It’s ridiculously expensive and non deserving. Food Halls should be a cornucopia of food packed with people with a high turnover of fresh food and for that you need the right price. Mercado San Miguel in Madrid is the perfect example

Anonymous

Somethong like the Mercado San Miguel would be awesome and always be packed.

Anonymous

Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia or Chelsea Market in NYC. These will never go out of business or style. The Reading is a real market, food hall and tourist mecca, not the chi-chi, fakey, trendy, here-today-gone-tomorrow crap that is starting to define our city. We have no soul, no real roots. We are all about the flash and glimmer, but all that stuff is temporary, and people move on. Reading, and Chelsea/South Street and San Miguel are real functioning places with purpose not some Disneyesque 2-D “Italian” marketplace. We, Miamians, really have to start to dig deep and figure out what we want this city to be — the carnival that is South Beach, or a real place with soul and essence? Sadly, La Centrale was never the latter.

Anonymous

All places you mentioned are central and support tourists and locals and because of density, always packed. Miami is unfortunately a car oriented city. I mean really who in their right mind after commuting for 1 hour wants to get in a car, pay for parking, tolls and fight traffic to go to a substandard food hall?

Anonymous

Agree. The Yellow Green Farmer’s Market in Hollywood has a make-shift “food hall” with different vendors and is always packed. It’s in the middle of a residential neighborhood near the Sheridan Station Tri-rail. Not exactly urban, but the experience just seems more authentic than these mall food-court-halls

305

Amen. I’m an Italian who lives in Brickell and love to cook. I expected La Centrale to be more like the examples you said (heck or even like Eataly). Instead, they just sold overpriced dry goods and a few other mediocre imported items. It’s so bad I still drive up to Doris’ Market in Broward instead.

Anonymous

Really?
Wouldn’t bet it would be packed. They won’t have access from the Turnpike or the Palmetto or acres and acres of parking. If you’re smart enough you know what I’m talking about.

Anonymous

They need a true food hall here with a variety of options. Way too much Italian in the area.

Anonymous

nothing is true in Miami – it is all copycat and not authentic whatsoever. like a planned community.

Anonymous

Like Joe’s Stone Crab and Versailles. Just like the same old restaurant offerings that you get in Provo, Utah.

Anonymous

Besides that, ridiculously expensive. I mean, the name tells it all: Food Hall yet their prices are for a Michelin Star restaurant.

Anonymous

Bwwwaaaaahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!!!!!! Miami COULD use another Italian food hall !!!!

transplant

Am I the only one that thinks a Spanish style food hall would crush it in Miami? Could easily do an Eately style setup with the vast array of Spanish food/drinks (could even make it Iberian and include Portuguese cuisine).

Not sure why a second Italian food hall in the same mall sounds like a good idea…

Anonymous

It’s not about the type of food.
It’s about density and foot traffic which is non existent in the city center. MIA is a suburban sprawled city. Guys you haven’t come to this realization yet????

Anonymous

La Centrale was originally earmarked for Eataly. Landlord and tenant could not come to an agreement…and another group “stepped in” at the right price for the Landlord.
Saks Fifth Avenue reserved the right to offer a restaurant within their space, without being encumbered by exclusivity agreements of the shopping center.

Casa Tua had better staff by far. There was passion. In the way they do business. Centrale loses.

Anonymous

It was very disappointing when it opened. The area It’s too small and residents were expecting a location like Eately on 23 St in NYC or something like the Chelsea marketing NYC. It was too pretentious, over priced and catered to foreign visitors not the local crowd. The entire mall will become a white elephant in a few years just like the Bakery center mall in sunset years ago. The mall is catering to the high class shopper not the average Brickell resident. They need to open a store like Macy’s to draw in a larger segment of people. Brickell C center will never be like The shops at Bal Harbor.

Anonymous

Sorry but I don’t think a average Miami resident can afford the Brickell aparemnt rents.

Anonymous

Macy’s?
Average?
Brickell Citycentre is doing precisely what it set out to do (LaCentrale is the exception, not the rule).

“They should close the overpriced Apple store and open a MetoPCS”

Anonymous

I’d love a Ñoooo que barato
Please

Anonymous

La Centrale sucked… But they had the hottest male waiters.

Anonymous

Don’t be degenerate.

Anonymous

so I’m just a little horney this afternoon. hehee

Anonymous

Brace yourself, I once went for a focaccia and coffee and left with a hot waiter. I waited 45 min for him to get off but well worth my time

Anonymous

“waited 45 min for him to get off”

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!

Anonymous

First of all, it’s a he and yes, I waited 45 minutes before he got off work.

Anonymous

All of you who voted me down are plain jealous.
I scored

Anonymous

Hi Vito.

Anonymous

Casa Tua buried this place even though it has higher prices and less space. The first problem is that it’s at a dead leg of the mall. Tua is like a boutique in Saks. Second I would attribute to staging, a terrible layout. Also is the vibe – the central bar a Tua creates a buzz. Finally the food was only ordinary.

Anonymous

Poor lighting, over priced for mundane food, lackluster service

Anonymous

you don’t have to have any restaurant experience to walk into a place and immediately know it’s never gonna last… this one one. LOL

1987

I only went once to both (live 4 blocks away). La Centrale seemed more formal. Casa Tua seemed more grab-and-go (aka cheaper). I liked CasaTua better as a concept, though hated the fact it was packed with too many people. Felt like I was in TimeOut NYC….. chaos.
Either one- would not go back. Same price to go to a restaurant as those food halls are not cheap.

Anonymous

This was only a matter of time. Two Italian food halls in one shopping center? What idiot approved that? Gut the entire space and put in furniture stores and Nordstrom. That will drive traffic.

Anonymous

Not enough space for a Nordstrom, but would be appreciated.

Anonymous

Generally, all food in Miami Florida is dog food compared to Philly, NY City and Toronto.