The Seventh Season of Dining al Fresco Just Got Better
More than a dozen restaurants on Giralda Avenue’s Restaurant Row in Downtown Coral Gables celebrate dining outdoors the first Friday of every month.
The Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables makes dining dreams come true in one event with the start of the 2015 Giralda Under the Stars presented by Zacapa Rum dining al fresco series. More than a dozen restaurants and bars on the renowned Restaurant Row on Giralda Avenue, located between Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Galiano Street, will bring culinary excellence and libations outdoors for diners to enjoy, literally, under the stars. Restaurant Row will be closed to vehicular traffic, and participating restaurants will fill the street with tables and chairs, live music and entertainment from 7 p.m. to midnight every first Friday of the month through April 2016.
Participating restaurants this year include: Bangkok Bangkok, Castelluccio, Divino Ceviche, GreenLife Miami, Ikura Sushi Lounge, Miss Saigon Bistro, Spritz of Coral Gables, Talavera, The Bar, The Local Craft Food & Drink, as well as newcomers this year; La Dorada Restaurant, known for its award-winning Spanish cuisine, and Amore Gelato Art Caffe, which will be adding a sweet touch to the event.
Presenting sponsor Zacapa Rum, once again, invites patrons to experience the award-winning blend of their ultra-premium rums and witness firsthand its international reputation for taste and quality. The first event in the series will be hosted by Miami Herald food editor and renowned foodie Evan S. Benn. To complement the ultimate dining al fresco experience, the first installation of Giralda Under the Stars on November 6 presents all things live, including live beats by Steven B. and string tunes by guitarist Jonathan Beckett and violinist Monty Bloom. Diners will enjoy musical performances, entertainment and activities that will vary every month and offer variety to each event in the series, including a Cool Kids Corner that will host fun, kid-friendly activities and entertainment until 9 p.m.
“Giralda Under the Stars allows Restaurant Row to shine, coming together to offer a wide array of food from all over the world with choices to satisfy any and all palates and budgets," commented Marina Foglia, Executive Director of the BID. “We are looking forward to one more successful year of this wonderful event.”
Most participating restaurant menus are available online and reservations are highly recommended. Ample parking is available in the municipal parking garages and valet attendants will be stationed at each end of Giralda Avenue. Admission to this event is free and no tickets are required to enjoy the festivities and ambiance.
Downtown Coral Gables & Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood infused with a chic European feel. Decorated with tree-lined streets and Mediterranean architecture, the historic area boasts some of Miami’s finest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, respected art galleries and lively entertainment venues. With more than 160 retailers and more than 70 restaurants, Downtown Coral Gables & Miracle Mile is a sophisticated destination to shop, live, play and work. It is Miami’s charming gem that locals like to keep a secret and visitors love to find. For more information and a directory, visit www.ShopCoralGables.com, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShopCoralGables and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @ShopCoralGables.
ZACAPA® is one of the finest and most celebrated brown spirits in the world. Produced in the verdant land of Guatemala, ZACAPA is the result of a unique combination of soil, climate and natural materials brought together with skilled distillation and a special high altitude aging process at one and a half miles above sea level. In addition to many awards and high ratings from influential media, ZACAPA has the honor of being the first brand to be inducted into the International Rum Festival’s Hall of Fame. ZACAPA 23 and ZACAPA XO are available in fine liquor stores, bars and restaurants around the world. ZACAPA is manufactured by Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala (ILG) who has recently signed a global distribution and joint marketing agreement with Diageo. For more information, visit www.zacaparum.com or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ZacapaRum. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. RON ZACAPA Rum. 40% Alc/Vol. ©2015 Imported by the Ron Zacapa Co., Norwalk, CT.