Esteemed partnership from Spain introduce a unique culinary concept to South Florida, inspired by gastronomy from the Mediterranean and Barcelona
KLIMA Miami, a progressive ideology in hospitality originating from Spain, announces the opening of KLIMA Restaurant and Bar – a culinary concept inspired by gastronomy from the Mediterranean and Barcelona. The newly renovated property, located on 23rd Street and adjacent to Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, is scheduled to open in November this year as the latest addition to the heart of the historic district.
The 122-seat restaurant property, encompassing a total of 7,700 square-feet, will feature two levels – a ground floor restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor dining areas, as well as a second floor members-only club scheduled to open in Spring 2015. The newly appointed veteran Executive Chef, David Rustarazo, originates from Spain and brings a highly seasoned expertise in Western Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine to the table. Through his long standing working relationship with KLIMA Miami co-founders, Pablo Fernández-Valdés and Yago Giner in Barcelona, Spain’s reputable culinary authority, Albert Ventura, is the gastronomic advisor for KLIMA Miami and will be an integral part of the company’s growth in the U.S. Ventura will be heavily involved with the opening of KLIMA Restaurant and Bar in Miami Beach and currently owns Restaurant COURE, Wall 47 and the recently opened El Cercle restaurant in Barcelona.
KLIMA Miami, together with Albert Ventura and Chef Rustarazo, have created a uniquely eclectic menu that will offer a blend of contemporary and international fare inspired by the Mediterranean and Barcelona regions. The culinary vision for KLIMA Restaurant and Bar will reflect the roots of the founders while combining the very best in local ingredients sourced from premium South Florida suppliers.
“We are very pleased to announce our inaugural restaurant project in the United States,” says co-founder and managing partner of KLIMA Miami, Pablo Fernández-Valdés. “We selected the South Florida region to open our first restaurant with our sights set on Miami Beach for its pulsating multicultural flavor and cosmopolitan clientele. Our aim is to install a much-loved Spanish gastronomic ideology within this exciting city to perfectly complement its rich cultural diversity. As a result of working for many years in the hospitality industry all over the world, we have a deep knowledge and understanding of the business. The number one priority is for our casual and informal, yet elegant restaurant and bar experience to ultimately bring guests back for a memorable, fun and most enjoyable time.”
The floor of the restaurant’s main dining area will be of a natural oak throughout, while dining tables and chairs will be made from a sleek, beige colored white oak wood, combined with a “Caoba” tropical red wood. A select number of larger dining tables will be of a premium quality black or brown tinted marble, also imported from Barcelona. An ideal pre or post dinner lounge area will feature comfortable chairs and sofas next to oak wood coffee tables. Artwork selected and imported by both founders, together with strategically placed lamps and indoor potted plants, will ensure guests experience a “cozy” dining environment that will be themed by dimly lit shades of brown throughout the interior of the restaurant.
The outdoor pérgola (veranda) will include oak wood dining tables and chairs and cane ceiling sections, some of which will be transparent to allow views of the star-lit sky. Trailing plants and outdoor greenery will climb the iron metal framework towards the indoor dining room, creating a harmonious contrast between the two areas. Furnishings made of natural raw materials throughout the restaurant property will complement individual design elements inspired by different regions of the world.
“The incredible climate in South Florida is what appealed to us most of all,” says Yago Giner, co-founder and managing partner of KLIMA Miami. “Our vision for KLIMA originates from life and culture in the Spanish and Mediterranean coastal region, and we feel Miami Beach has a vibrant and increasingly discerning culinary community with a yearning for authenticity. Our menu will consist of contemporary seasonal dishes as well as traditional Mediterranean recipes, some of which will be adapted to the local market from a deeply rooted Barcelona origin. Working with the most excellent regional suppliers to incorporate the very best local ingredients will be of utmost importance to appeal to South Florida residents as well as the broad spectrum of international visitors.”
Co-founders of KLIMA Miami, Pablo Fernández-Valdésand Yago Giner, are the former CEO and COO respectively of the highly reputable and award-winning Grupo Tragaluz restaurant group in Spain.
KLIMA Restaurant and Bar is located at 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139, and is anticipated to open in November 2014. For more information, visit www.klimamiami.com