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Niven Patel Opens Orno at Thesis Hotel Coral Gables

The final days before opening a restaurant are busy ones. On a Monday afternoon, a dining-room manager is conducting staff training, while a group of hotel executives receive a tour of the facility.

Still, in the midst of finalizing menus and ordering supplies, Niven Patel stops to talk about a carrot.

He describes how, after planting 300 seedlings at his homestead farm, Rancho Patel, one lone carrot matured before the rest. “I took the carrot out of the ground and it was all twisted,” Patel says, explaining that underneath the soil, there’s a layer of limestone, and each vegetable and

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La Diva Mexican Kitchen opens, promises “fresh, real” Mexican food

PORT ORANGE – Situated behind a gas station on Ridgewood Avenue, the new La Diva Mexican Kitchen’s goal is to offer one of the freshest Mexican food options in the area.

Chef and owner Jennifer Ruiz Santiago opened La Diva in mid-August after working at the same location at 3790 Ridgewood Ave. with other partners under another name, MexiGo Mexican Grill.

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Railway Heights Softly Opens, Hungry’s Heartbeet Soon

click to enlarge The Peaky Grinders crew is busy at Railway Heights Market. - PHOTO BY LEO SPIN PHOTOS

The Peaky Grinders crew is busy at Railway Heights Market.

Photo by Leo Spin Photos

Railway Heights Market, 8200 Washington, began its soft opening August 4. The new market hall comes from Nomad’s Hospitality, the creators behind Conservatory Food Hall, the first food hall in Texas and Bravery Chef Hall, the first chef hall in the United States, according to a press release.

The new market hall is located on three and a half acres in an area that intersects with a number of fast-growing communities, in keeping

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Jia Chinese Restaurant and Lounge Opens South of Fifth in Miami Beach

click to enlarge A rendering of Jia, the upscale Chinese-American restaurant and dinner club opening in Miami's South of Fifth neighborhood. - PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHNNIE WALKERUSBS

A rendering of Jia, the upscale Chinese-American restaurant and dinner club opening in Miami’s South of Fifth neighborhood.

Photo courtesy of Johnnie WalkerUSBS

Jia, a modern Chinese-American dinner club with a private lounge, has opened in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood.

The restaurant is a collaboration between Ken Ray and Jason Cloth. For the past several years, Ray has focused on the food tech sector, launching À la Carte Delivery, which markets more than a dozen Miami ghost kitchens. Cloth is director of Bron Media Corp. and founder/managing

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