MIAMI, September 15, 2016 – Poised to be the city’s next great spot for clinking glasses during happy hour and indulging in sensation fusion fare, 320 Gastrolounge opened its doors on Friday, September 9th in Coral Gables.
Nestled within the Shops at Merrick Park, the new City Beautiful hot spot welcomes locals and visitors alike to kick back, listen to local live music and dive into exquisitely presented plates of Latin-Asian fusion cuisine.
The space seats 180 guests and features a main dining area, an outdoor patio and a lounge area for late night cocktailing. A modern industrial affair, the lounge is outfitted with natural woods and exposed concrete tables, and features local connections at every touchpoint. With the motto “from Miami, for Miami,” 320 Gastrolounge will also feature Miami-themed art throughout the venue along with entertainment by musicians local to the 305.
Helming the kitchen at 320 is Chef Juan Aguero (aka Chef John Joseph), a native of Lima, Peru. Chef John Joseph honed his culinary skills and masterful plating techniques while working in the kitchens of NYC’s Banc Café and Giovanna, and later as the Executive Sous Chef of Piripi in Coral Gables. He’s now brought his culinary talent and innovative vision to 320 Gastrolounge where he’s putting a fresh spin on Latin and Asian cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients.
Guests can choose from savory starters like the Skirt Steak Croquettes served with a luscious black olive aioli and Vaca Frita Buns, featuring two sticky buns generously stuffed with shredded beef, sriracha, pickled cucumbers and charred scallions. Soups consist of a steamy bowl of Charred Bok Choy soup topped with a poached egg. Mains include Braised Short Rib accompanied by a creamy side of buttered grits and the Rice Bowl brimming with grilled prawns, mussels, cilantro sauce, dark beer and rocoto pepper.
“It's an honor to be part of a restaurant with its roots right in this city,” said Chef John Joseph. “I've worked closely with my team to have a menu packed with flavor that will make locals proud. We can't wait to open.”
320 Gastrolounge also boasts a full-service bar offering an extensive menu of beer, wine and uniquely crafted drinks. Helming the cocktail program is Thomas Merolla of Traditional Cocktail Company, who’s putting a farm fresh twist on classic and modern cocktails for the lounge. Signature drinks include the Merrick’s Way, featuring shiso-infused kappa pisco shaken with watermelon, a touch of yuzu, egg white and house bitters along with a sparkling cocktails like the Pink Flamingo, made with raspberry-flavored Tanqueray gin and yuzu Japanese citrus topped with sparkling wine. Should guests opt for a more traditional tipple, the menu also boasts classic cocktails like the Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned and the Queens Park Swizzle. The happy hour is one of the best in Coral Gables, running Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m.
“Whether guests visit for Chef John Joseph’s skirt steak croquettes, the jam-packed live music calendar and house band, or for the longest happy hour in the area, they’ll have a great time,” said Josvil Padron, managing partner.
320 Gastrolounge is located at 320 San Lorenzo Avenue, #1315, in Coral Gables at the Village of Merrick Park. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Sunday Brunch runs from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will commence on Sunday, September 18 with live music by Yoli Mayor. Happy hour specials are offered Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m.. Live music will be featured Wednesday- Thursday from 7-9 p.m., Friday from 7-9 p.m. and again from 11 p.m. -1 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from noon-2 p.m. and 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
Monday – Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to Midnight
Wednesday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday Brunch – 11 to 2 p.m.
Sunday Hours – 11 to Midnight
For more information on 320 Gastrolounge, please visit 320gastrolounge.com or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/320gastrolounge and Instagram at @320gastrolounge.