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We’d say Miami’s restaurant scene continues to heat up, but at this point we’re pretty sure it’s already on fire. Pharrell Williams and Pitbull are expected to debut eateries before the New Year, and we’re also looking forward to a new food hall, a second location of our fave doughnut shop and the return of a restaurant/comedy club. Here’s where we’ll be making reservations ASAP. 

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Kaido and Ember

The chef who brought us Alter in Wynwood will soon open the Japanese-inspired cocktail lounge Kaido in the Design District. Slated for an early November opening, Brad Kilgore’s Kaido will include high-end drinks and bite-size Asian street food. Underneath, he’s expected to open wood-fired American bistro Ember a few months after Kaido’s debut. While most of thedetails remain under wraps, Kilgore’s track record has us feeling confident that these two spots will quickly become our new go-tos.

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Swan and Bar Bevy

Grammy Award–winning musician Pharrell Williams will open Swan and Bar Bevy in the Design District by November. Through a partnership with hospitality whiz David Grutman (he’s behind some of our favorite restaurants like OTL, Planta and Komodo), the restaurant and lounge will include modern American-French cuisine by Top Chef Europe winner Jean Imbert, a line of inventive cocktails, multiple DJ booths and a gorgeous outdoor garden. Date night just got a whole lot more exciting.

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iLov305

Described as “where what happens never happened,” we can only imagine what Cuban-American rapper Pitbull has in store for us at his forthcoming restaurant, iLov305. Opening on Ocean Drive before the New Year, the Latin steakhouse and lounge will include two floors of dining areas, extravagant bars and private lounges. As for the menu, expect pork-belly sliders, Cuban sandwiches, guava bread pudding and the massive 305 Burger, a beef patty with gulf shrimp, charred plantains, bacon, chipotle mayo and chimichurri sauce.

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Central Fare

Downtown nine-to-fivers, rejoice: You’re getting a new food hall. By mid-November, CentralFare will open at MiamiCentral, featuring more than 20 different food and drink concepts. Look out for Rosetta Bakery, 800° Woodfired Kitchen and the Asian-inspired Kuenko. Besides the food hall, Joe & the Juice and Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem’s Einstein’s Bagels recently opened inside the urban train station, which connects the Brightline, Tri-Rail, Metrorail and Metromover.

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Pink Pie

Opening before the New Year in Wynwood, Pink Pie specializes in adorably petite three-inch pies in more than 30 different flavors. A look into the menu reveals flavors like key lime, Oreo Nutella and pumpkin cookie butter. And for the vegan and gluten-free pie lovers, there’s a coconut dulce de leche too.

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The Salty Donut

If you can judge a doughnut by the number of people waiting in line to eat it, consider these rounds the best in town. That’s why we’re counting down the days until the Salty Donut opens a second location in South Miami. (See ya, Wynwood traffic.) Expect the shop’s signature lineup of guava-cheese, maple bacon, tres leches and Nutella-stuffed, with a few South Miami exclusives too.

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Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen

Get ready to laugh, because Miami Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theater will make its much-awaited return to South Florida in an all-new dining and entertainment venue called Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen, opening in the wintertime at CityPlace Doral. Dineon pub fare and sip cocktails while listening to live music and then make your way next door for a comedy show at Miami Improv’s solo performance space. Catch us sipping on the Laughing Pains mixed with lemonade and nibbling filet mignon bites before an act.

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