Rubio’s Expands to the East Coast with Eight New Locations

Rubio’s Expands to the East Coast with Eight New Locations

By Kerri Adams, Editor-at-Large

Rubio’s Restaurants has officially acquired eight locations in south Florida. The stores were previously Lime Fresh Mexican Grills, but soon they will be converted to the first ever east coast Rubio’s Coastal Grills. 

Before this expansion, Rubio’s had 200 stores on the west coast in California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Nevada. 

Last fall, Rubio’s announced that the brand planned to venture to the east coast. Since then, Rubio’s and Florida Lime Fresh Mexican Grill’s parent company, Ruby Tuesday have been finalizing the deal. 

The coastal grill’s newly acquired stores are projected to open in the fall of 2016 and are located in the Miami, Tampa Bay, Ft. Lauderdale, St. Petersburg and Winter Park areas of south Florida. 

“The acquisition of these eight Florida locations is a huge milestone for our company as it marks our first expansion to the East Coast,” said Ralph Rubio, founder of Rubio’s Coastal Grill. “We’re incredibly excited to start transitioning the restaurants to Rubio’s Coastal Grill and look forward to opening the first location this fall.”

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Little River Cooperative Farm Introduces "Chef Share" Program

Little River Cooperative  | Facebook

Little River Cooperative | Facebook

The Little River Cooperative, one of Miami's most noteworthy farms, has just introduced a 'Chef Share'  community supported agriculture program available to local Miami chefs. Hoping to encourage more chefs to work with local, sustainably grown produce, 'Chef Share' is a seasonal program that offers local chefs weekly deliveries of produce, fresh off the farm, alongside basic information about each of the ingredients. Produce includes traditional vegetables, such as leafy greens, rainbow carrots and heirloom tomatoes that chefs are familiar with, as well as some unique herbs, edible flowers, and other interesting root veggies.

Co-owner Tiffany Noe states that she began the program with partner Muriel Olivares in the hopes of educating local chefs about South Florida's unique growing seasons and showing them firsthand what ingredients grow when. In addition, the program has appealed to private chefs and catering companies who are also looking to work with more fresh, seasonal ingredients. Read More

Miami's Oldest Bar Closes

Tobacco Road has been around for over 100 years, before the Brickell area even existed. The famous Miami dive bar was sold over three years ago to developer and since then was under a lease. That lease is now up so the bar has to move. The bar hopes to raise enough money, by throwing parties through out the month of October, to move to a different Miami location and keep some of the historical decor.

In a different location– will the bar lose it's historical appeal? Or is this a chance to rebrand the bar's image? Is this just the future of all cities– big developments are taking over long-standing local businesses? Read More