New Restaurant Building Could Be Coming To 1428 Brickell Avenue

A two-story restaurant is proposed at 1428 Brickell Avenue, and the pre-construction space is being marketed The Comras Group.

The property is located across from the Four Seasons. It has been the subject of two lawsuits recently.

In the first (filed in 2013), property owner The Taplin Company sued Walter Defortuna, who owns the 1414 Brickell property next door. According to the suit, Defortuna was trying to force the sale by lending the cash-strapped Taplin (Sagamore owner) funds, and then not cooperating on the loan in order to exercise a below market option to buy at $23 million. That suit remains ongoing.

Another lawsuit filed last year involves a father-son dispute over control. It was filed by Andrew Taplin, who was given a stake by his father Martin through a trust. That lawsuit claims the property is now worth $50 million, and the suit is also still ongoing.

Martin Taplin died earlier this year.