EDIBLE SOUTH FLORIDA — MARCH 17, 2021 There’s welcome news this St. Patrick’s Day – JohnMartin’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, the popular bar and restaurant on Miracle Mile that closed last year after 31 years, will reopen this fall.
Breakwater Hospitality Group (BHG), whose portfolio includes The Wharf, Rvertail and the new Ch’i, and Erick Passo, owner of Black Market Miami, will renovate and reopen the Irish eatery.
“Our team is proud to breathe new life into JohnMartin’s and to continue the tradition of providing the same welcoming service but with a fresh new look and feel suited for the times,” says Emi Guerra, co-owner of BHG. He says the idea to revive the pub came about last year, but few were taking on new projects during the pandemic. He and longtime friend Passo, who had the same idea, decided to wait. “I had such fond memories,” he says. “Certain places have an Irish soul.” JohnMartin’s, he says, is one of those places.
Guerra says they weren’t going to move forward without the blessings of the namesakes, Martin Lynch and John Clarke. They got them. “It’s great seeing our vision evolve into something new that we know everyone will enjoy for at least another 30 years to come,” says Lynch.
Miami-based Terranova Corporation, which owns the building where JohnMartin’s is located, plans to create a multi-functional environment in Downtown Coral Gables. “Our goal is to continue to grow while supporting these long-standing businesses that have been hit so hard this past year,” says Stephen Bittel, Terranova chairman.