COMPANY: The Forge
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE: Where would Miami Beach be without the Malniks? Al is the visionary entrepreneur-turned-lawyer-turned-restaurateur who opened The Forge in the 1960s, and the Beach has never been the same. The restaurant has served as the stomping ground for every A-list group that came through the town. The Forge is more than a restaurant; it’s a landmark that played a significant role in the revival of Miami Beach. Shareef, who grew up in the restaurant’s kitchen, took over the operations in the 1990s after he returned to his hometown from extensive world travels (during which time he married a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family). Shareef closed the restaurant last year for extensive renovations, finally reopening its doors in late March under the updated moniker The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik. Whatever it’s called, it is still where you will find us on Wednesdays.