Size doesn't matter. At least, that's the idea behind the main menu item at the new Sliderz Restaurant, slated to open in Miami later this year with plans to expand into Broward County next.
They may be nothing more than miniature portions of meat and veg stuffed between bread, but slider lovers can expect to find big flavor delivered via these tiny sandwiches, according to concept creator Buzzy Sklar, a South Florida restaurateur best known for creating and consulting restaurant and nightlife concepts including Burger & Beer Joint, which he founded in 2009.
The Miami-based entrepreneur also stands as founder of Haute Dining, a South Florida dining membership program that gives paying subscribers access to exclusive restaurant discounts and culinary events. Sklar says he recently stepped down as the company's CEO to launch Sliderz, a move that will put him back in the restaurant industry after he sold Burger & Beer Joint in 2012.
According to Skalr, Sliderz will be a fun, fast-causal eatery based on the restaurant's signature item, the slider. But don't think it will just be a bunch of mini burgers.
"When people hear sliders, they automatically think burgers," says Sklar. "But we're not a burger place. What we're doing is taking all those sandwiches everyone loves, and making them slider-sized."
The Sliderz menu will offer an extensive selection of slider-sized sandwiches featuring everything from beef and chicken, to fish, pork, and vegetarian-based options. Expect everything from a mini chicken parm and meatball sub, to pulled pork, blackened mahi, grilled chicken, and — of course — a certified Angus beef burger.
Sklar says even though the fast-casual restaurant sector already has a number of great concepts available nationwide, there's nothing that offers patrons an affordable, fast, and healthy sandwich option. To that end, Sliderz will use elevated, quality ingredients: grass-fed meats, line-caught fish, free-range chicken free of antibiotics and hormones, and GMO-free produce.
Another aspect that will set Sliderz apart from other fast-casual concepts will be the restaurant's own mobile application, which will allow customers to order food, and track and redeem "loyalty" reward points for every $1 they spend at Sliderz.
"If you don't want to wait in line, just sit down at a table and order. We're also bringing incredible technology to every table," said Sklar. "We see the future of dining as increasingly mobile. With the app, customers can do everything from their own mobile phone. They'll even get an alert when their food is ready to pick up."
The Sliderz mobile app will launch later this summer, before the grand opening of the Miami location scheduled for September 1 at 123rd Street at Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. Three more locations have been targeted, said Sklar, including a second Miami-Dade restaurant, and several more in Broward and Palm Beach County.
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The third location will open in Fort Lauderdale, located off Federal Highway near Broward Boulevard in a new building next door to the Fresh Market shopping plaza.
"We want to take this as far as our imagination will take us," said Sklar. "No matter what you're in the mood for, their will be a slider that suits your taste. The possibilities are truly endless."
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.