Chef Allen Gets A Facelift

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

I recently saw Chef Allen at an event and thought to myself, “Hmm, he’s getting on in years; now might be a good time for some nip-and-tuck.” Well, wouldn’t you know that he’s gone ahead and done just that. Oh, wait a minute, sorry -- I read the release wrong. It’s Chef Allen’s, the restaurant, that’s undergoing a facelift. So it is closed through July, and will re-open August 1.

Allen Susser has long been one of Miami’s most important and influential chefs, and while I’m a fan of the James Beard Award winner’s cuisine, the decor of his landmark restaurant has always struck me as being a bit dowdy (it first opened in 1986). The new space will feature a larger bar area, private wine room, and two party rooms. The menu, too, is being reworked, with a stronger focus on locally caught sustainable seafood and regional produce.

And in other Allen news, the August issue of Food & Wine Magazine talks with the Chef regarding his favorite Miami dining spots.

And, um, as for that line about needing facial work -- only kidding, chef.

-- Lee Klein

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.