Earlier this week, the business restaurant business journal Restaurant Enterprise On-line launched its “High 100” checklist of the most important impartial eating places.
Makes an attempt to contact a spokesperson from Restaurant Enterprise have been unsuccessful, however its analysis exhibits the 2022 checklist represents a variety of menus and value factors garnered from institutions that served 272 million meals in 2021 whereas producing $1.8 billion in gross sales.
Out of the nation’s 100 top-ranked eating places, quite a few South Florida institutions took prime spots on the checklist, together with the nation’s highest-grossing restaurant.
David Grutman’s Groot Hospitality-owned Komodo took the primary spot. The Brickell restaurant is reported to have a median annual income of $41,000,000, with the common test priced at $115 per desk.
Two extra Groot Hospitality institutions took prime spots, together with the Design District’s Swan and Miami Seaside’s Papi Steak. Mila, Shooters Waterfront, Prime 112, and Marion additionally made the highest 20 because the nation’s prime earners.
A breakout winner was Grove Bay Hospitality’s Cussed Steed, the Jeremy Ford-helmed Miami Seaside gem that grossed an estimated $11,158,000 within the yr following the pandemic — fairly a feat for a 70-seat restaurant when in comparison with the common 200-seat capability institutions that made the checklist.
In line with Grove Bay Hospitality accomplice Ignacio Garcia-Menocal, Cussed Seed’s gross sales went up 50% in 2021 and almost doubled once more in 2022.
Whereas Grove Bay correlates a lot of Cussed Seed’s income to the restaurant’s excessive common per-person invoice and fixed nightly turnaround, Garcia-Menocal tells New Occasions it’s additionally because of a long-standing fame, a Michelin star designation, and a bustling Miami eating scene in the course of the pandemic restoration are additionally vital elements.
“To greater than double in gross sales is clearly a giant, massive change, and we attribute that to a variety of exhausting work, making a reputation for ourselves, and somewhat little bit of being in the correct place and the correct time with Miami being so in style,” mentioned Garcia-Menocal.
“It was such a bizarre yr — an excellent yr for gross sales, but additionally a difficult one to function. In 2020, we went from asking ‘Are we going to make it?’ to assembly a ton of challenges from provide chain points to staffing shortages,” provides Garcia-Menocal. “We’re all honored to be on this checklist. For us, it is actually a end result of all of the exhausting work.”
Extra South Florida eating places embrace Rusty Pelican in Miami (twenty eighth); Miami Seaside’s Makoto (thirty fourth); Rustic Inn Crabhouse in Fort Lauderdale (thirty ninth); fifteenth Avenue Fisheries in Fort Lauderdale (56th); Casa Tua Miami (79th); Steak 954 in Fort Lauderdale (93rd); and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami (99th).