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December 07, 2020

FLORIDA RESTAURATEUR MATT KUSH LAUNCHES NEW MIAMI BISTRO CONCEPT

Retro inspired Bistro to open its doors at this iconic Motel landmark beginning Tuesday, December 8.

Matt Kush and Selina are excited to announce the opening of Cafe Kush, on Monday, December 8. This Miami style bistro is located in the heart of MiMo and will be open daily for lunch and dinner.

Playing off the art deco vibes of the neighborhood, the motel style of the hotel, and the relaxing water view, this funky cafe will transport guests to their very own Miami Riviera. In typical Kush style, the cafe’s walls are adorned with vintage thrift shop decor and a collection of personal artifacts from Matt’s family (a vintage French hat box and book of sauces just to name a few). These carefully selected items create a unique vibe and add a sprinkle of Paris flare, translating the restaurant into a Euro style river cafe with a bit of 305 in your face.

Dishing up bistro classics such as french onion soup, croque monsieurs, ratatouille and frog legs as well as Kush classic burgers, chicken n waffles and key lime pie this restaurant gives you the best of American and bistro cuisine.

For the cafe’s cocktails - the devil is in the details. From homemade vermouth left table side and charged by the consumption, to cocktails served in cigar boxes and finished with spritzes from vintage perfume bottles, each one is truly something special. In addition to the cafe’s eight signature cocktails, the cafe will also serve a collection of wines from France and beyond and of course Kush’s local signature brews like their very own Kaptain Kush made by Tank Brewing Co.

The restaurant, very much like the hotel, revitalized an existing diner space to make what is old new again. Originally built in 1957, Selina Miami Gold Dust, is an iconic Motel Landmark. This neighborhood along Biscayne Boulevard, was once “The Motel Capital of Miami” and has had some famous residences along the way, as in 1961 Hugh Hefner opened up his first satellite Playboy Club directly across the street. Selina, which restored the old motel and opened the property earlier last month, fuzed the iconic retro vibes of Miami’s past with the exciting energy and strong artist culture of the present. Vibing of the artistic direction of Selina Miami Gold Dust, the cafe spotlights a collection of local Miami artists. Click here to learn all about the featured artists and vintage collaborators featured throughout the property.

In addition, later on next year Matt and Selina will be opening Don's 5 Star Dive Bar below the cafe. This bar is named and themed after famous Miami Don's from the 70' & 80's and is scheduled to open in early 2021.

To check out the full menu or to book a table at Cafe Kush visits www.kushhospitality.com. Oh and if stopping by for a bite, be sure to leave your mark on the cafe’s own version of the pont des arts.

About Selina

Selina is one of the world's fastest-growing hospitality brands, blending beautifully-designed accommodation with coworking, recreation, wellness, and local experiences. Custom-built for today's nomadic traveler, Selina provides guests with a global infrastructure to seamlessly travel and work abroad. Founded in Latin America in 2015, each Selina property is designed in partnership with local artists, creators, and tastemakers, breathing new life into existing buildings in interesting locations worldwide -- from urban cities to remote beaches and jungles. Selina currently operates 80+ locations throughout Latin America, the USA, and Europe. For further information on Selina, visit www.selina.com or check out @selina on Instagram or Facebook.

About Matt Kush

Matt Kuscher (better known as Kush) always dreamed of opening restaurants. Kush spent much of his youth in his grandfather's deli and worked every position in his father's Washington D.C. cafeteria, starting from age seven on up. He eventually attended Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality, graduating in 2000. That landed him in Miami, where he'd fulfill his destiny of becoming a 3rd generation restaurateur. After working in the corporate restaurant world for many years, Kush and his wife Priscilla opened their first restaurant, LoKal, in 2011. Immediately winning tons of accolades for sustainability and 'best of' awards, they decided to open different concepts to bring to the 305. They opened Kush in 2014 in the Wynwood area, which is a craft-beer-focused restaurant, and then Kush by Spillover in Coconut Grove, which featured local seafood and cocktails that demanded a photo to be taken of them. He later remade his mom's kitchen circa 1986 with Vicky's House focusing on coffee, milkshakes, and craft beer. In 2019, he restored and revamped Stephens Delicatessen, Florida's oldest Jewish deli est. 1954, in the Leah Arts District to Kush by Stephens. Kush wants to pay homage to the great Jewish delis in Miami's history, which have steadily disappeared. With this mission in mind, he recently converted part of the historic deli's kitchen into Hialeah's first proper cocktail bar—La Cocina Coctelería. After winning every possible restaurant award available, Kush's dream is to be a staple in the Miami dining scene. Ultimately, he'll continue living his dream and creating exciting restaurant experiences for the people of Miami-Dade for years to come. www.kushhospitality.com \ @cafekushmiami

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