South Florida-based restaurant groups, Grove Bay Hospitality Group and Breakwater Hospitality Group are pleased to announce the highly-anticipated opening of their first collaboration, CH’I, set to open in the coming weeks in Brickell City Centre. The multi-faceted entertainment venue fuses multiple immersive concepts – the Garden; Mercado; Lounge; and Main Dining Room – into one dynamic and incomparable experience. CH’I’s high-energy ambiance is infused into every corner of the massive 12,000 square foot indoor and outdoor space that boasts three full-service bars; two DJ booths; several lounge and dining areas; and a unique menu of Chino-Latino cuisine that is intensely flavored, imaginatively prepared, and equally celebratory of its heritage. Inspired by the Chinese cafes that first dotted the streets of Latin America, and then of Miami and New York, CH’I has created a style of entertainment, food, and service all its own.
“We could not be more thrilled to launch our first venture together with Breakwater,” said Francesco Balli Co-CEO of Grove Bay. “We’re also thrilled to be adding more than 125 new job opportunities for the local community. Job seekers are highly encouraged to apply before the grand opening – we are offering a $1,000 signing bonus for all positions that employees will receive after three months of employment.”
“Imagine if you had the opportunity to enter one restaurant that offered four unique concepts to create one immersive experience…that is the magic of CH’I,” said Emi Guerra, co-owner of Breakwater Hospitality. “It’s clear that today, people expect so much more from restaurants and hospitality, and this partnership has allowed us to combine what we each specialize in best to deliver something special and unique to Miami. From the outdoor garden and market area, to the cocktail lounge and upscale dining room, there is something for just about everyone to enjoy.”
“This is one of the most exciting and unique concepts we’ve ever done,” adds Ignacio Garcia-Menocal Co-CEO of Grove Bay. “I can’t wait for everyone to check it out!”
In CH’I’s Garden, guests can take advantage of Miami’s gorgeous weather and the stunning views in the verdant open-air terrace. The full-service concept features an island bar with a complete beverage menu, plenty of outdoor seating, and cozy cabanas centered around a large-scale dynamic light installation. Guests can order from the menu available from the adjacent Mercado, like dim sum and other casual bites.
Upon entering the space, guests find themselves in the Mercado, modeled after an Asian-themed market featuring menu items like Soups, Salads, Bao Buns, Rotisserie and Wok items available via grab-and-go or counter service. Visitors will feel like they are transported to a secret hole-in-the-wall market in New York’s Chinatown with bright neon signs mixed with vintage design, dimmed lighting and a floor to ceiling display of antique objects and curious knick-knacks. While waiting for their orders, patrons can entertain themselves with retro games.
Through a large wooden door in the back of the Mercado, the cool and vibrant Lounge can be accessed. There, guests are greeted with two large impactful murals by artist Mallory Dawn – pieces curated by The Art Plug –– atop a mirrored wall, and more than 150 lanterns strung overhead. Diners can check in at the hostess stand and, while waiting for a table or to simply enjoy the scene, partake in a vast selection of libations at a sprawling full-service bar.
CH’I’s Main Dining Room is a chic and sophisticated space with large plush booths, tropical décor, and Asian-inspired stylistic elements. The variety of textures and aesthetic components combine earthy brown and green velvets with hints of gold, vibrant jewel tones and sultry crimsons. Juxtaposing crystal chandeliers hang above with columns lined with wallpaper depicting tropical palm fronds running alongside wooden slats and exposed brick walls. Adjacent to the large luminescent bar, is additional seating perfect for large parties or celebrations. The menu, like the Mercado, features a variety of Soups, Salads, Dim Sum, and Small Plates, as well as more substantial Rotisserie; Wok items; and larger For The Table dishes ideal for family-style sharing. Lighting will play an integral part in the guest experience, depending on the time of day the space will be lit up in radiant jewel tones, glowing shades of blues, and muted ambers. Following dinner service, the lights go down, the music turns up and the celebration begins. A full bar and bottle service is available until close, as well as the Mercado’s late-night selection of culinary delights.
From its décor to food and beverage, CH’I embodies the veritable melting pot that is South Florida. The vibe is the ultimate combination of laid-back meets heart thumping high energy. It’s the type of concept that you can visit when looking for a great meal with family, or to stay up late dancing and enjoying copious drinks with friends.
CH’I is located at 701 S Miami Ave #339a in Miami’s Brickell City Centre. Website: chibrickell.com.
To apply for a job or sign up to receive an invitation to opening festivities, please visit chibrickell.com.