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Karu & Why Are You Opening Back Up Again?


Karu & Y hopes for better luck second time around.

Karu & Y (71 NW 14th Street, Miami), the biggest failure in Miami's nightlife/culinary scene since, well, ever, is asking for a second chance. According to the press release, the "new leadership" presumes Miami still wants an upscale lounge and restaurant in Overtown, one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

CrossFade spoke with Corina Biton, the venue's media contact, who said the new owners, Seecomar Investments, wants to turn the beleaguered business into a 42,000-square-foot entertainment destination, attracting a wide variety of high-end clientele with a diverse music options via a multi-room format. What cosmetic changes are happening, if any, at the moment is unclear.

The venue reopens the weekend of September 25, with Y Ultralounge and Tottem Gardens. A new high-end but reasonably priced restaurant will open in the winter.

-- Jose D. Duran

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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as and He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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