Pubbelly Sushi, the Asian fusion gastropub known for its Japanese and Latin inspired dishes from chef and partner José Mendín, is making some aggressive expansion moves.
Pubbelly managing partner Andrea Petersen says expanding the brand outside of the Miami area was always part of her long-term vision. Now emerging from the pandemic, Pubbelly will launch four new locations in South Florida, its biggest expansion since opening its first restaurant a decade ago.
“Some of the leases were signed before the pandemic and some projects were delayed or slowed down,” says Petersen. New Times. “However, we are proud to say that we not only survived, but thrived beyond 2020, and we have been actively searching for locations and continuing our expansion plan. We are always open to new opportunities, but the plan is to cement the brand in El South Florida before moving to other out-of-state areas. ”
After reviewing demographic information, the competitive landscape, and future plans for several South Florida neighborhoods, the Pubbelly team searched multiple locations for new restaurants in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
New locations are planned to open in Doral, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines, joining the four existing Pubbelly locations in Aventura, Brickell City Center, Downtown Dadeland and Miami Beach.
Meal hours will vary, but guests can expect daily lunch, dinner, and happy hour, as well as an alcoholic Sunday brunch in some locations.
Two of the new restaurants will open this fall, beginning with a full-service location at the Pembroke Center in Pembroke Pines. Doral, one of several vendors that will be part of a new food hall, will follow. Shoma Bazaar, at the entrance of the Sanctuary Doral luxury rental community.
In late 2022, two additional full-service locations will open: one at the Dale Hotel in Fort Lauderdale and the other in Boca Raton.
Mendín, a five-time James Beard Award semifinalist, says he created the Pubbelly Sushi menu to inspire a personal connection with his guests through food.
“My love for Miami – and the Miami Heat – is what inspired the Heat vibe. And my Puerto Rican roots are at the heart of the tostones and large-eyed tuna ceviche dishes.”
Guests further north will soon be able to enjoy the same creations.