Miami’s hippest zip code is welcoming yet another restaurant, Beaker & Gray. Slated to open in August-September, this eatery is the brainchild of chef/owner Brian Nasajon and bar manager/owner Ben Potts. Beaker & Gray will seat up to 120 hungry customers and will offer a creative and playful menu and a lively after-hours bar. The inspiration for the name? Quite simple actually. Named after two elemental culinary tools – the beaker, used by bartenders to mix drinks, and a Gray Kunz spoon, used by chefs to execute dishes.
What was once a former ice factory, is in the works of becoming an eclectic space thanks to Saladino Design Studios. The 3,600-square-foot restaurant will feature aged stucco brick walls, exposed beam ceiling, and industrial concrete flooring. There will be ample indoor and outdoor seating, including a chic main dining area complete with antique mirrors that can seat up to 75 guests, a 13-seat marble bar, and seating on the balcony for those who desire al fresco dining. Patrons can also sit at the kitchen counter to watch the chefs work their magic. B&G will offer more than 20 private parking spaces, an extremely rare site in Wynwood.
“We have such wonderful access to ingredients from around the world,” Nasajon says. “When I began working on the menu I wanted to create a place that embraced the cultures and food styles I loved without pretension or stuffiness. Our goal is to select the best seasonal ingredients available and use them to make sophisticated, yet fun and approachable food.”
Nasajon will play with global flavors and inventive ingredients at B&G. A veteran of Lure Fishbar in Manhattan, Wish in Miami Beach, and former executive chef at SushiSamba, Nasajon will create dishes that surpass fusion. Diners can expect shrimp and chorizo churros with ginger and charcoal aioli and grilled oxtail with ponzu, peach, and Serrano pepper. We’ve also heard about Nasajon’s risotto, which will feature blackened shrimp, clams, hon shimeji mushrooms, and uni butter. “Just like Wynwood unites global cultures through art, we want Beaker & Gray to be a concept where guests can experience international flavors,” he adds.
Ben Potts, formerly of Broken Shaker and Blackbird Ordinary will be leading the bar program. The bar program will be divided into three key sections – shaken, stirred and strange. Cocktails will compliment the approachable theme of B&G and will be created with familiar ingredients. Shaken drinks will be light and refreshing, stirred libations will be boozy, and strange drinks are just that, strangely tasty.
The highly anticipated restaurant is poised to be the “it” destination for the artsy ones.
2637 S Miami Ave Miami, FL. For more information, please visit beakerandgray.com