Ella opens in Design District

Ella is the fourth restaurant Michael Schwartz and The Genuine Hospitality Group bring to the Design District, the first on Miami’s mainland open early for breakfast. Named for Michael Schwartz’s eldest daughter, Ella is a light and simple pop-up cafe in Palm Court serving breakfast, lunch and late afternoon food and drink, as well as daily specials.  Soft, sky blue lamps hang over its inside counter featuring daily there-until-they’re-gone baked items, a chalkboard menu wall to the back above an open kitchen, and lots of light washing through its two-story window façade.  Art from Craig Robin’s personal collection hangs to the south with a poem on the wall to the north.  Ella seats 10 on a window-facing counter inside and 40 outside. Stop in for a freshly pulled espresso, sandwiches or daily soup special, or take a break and relax under the palm-speckled umbrellas with charcuterie, cheese and glass of rose. Here is more information about Ella :


According to Urban Daddy :

“But here comes Ella, a relaxed patio hangout for idling away the day with chilled cider and butcher boards of salumi from Michael Schwartz. About the name: it’s Michael Schwartz’s daughter’s name. He’s collaborated with her to make an easy, breezy pop-up café with seafoam-colored ceilings, sky-blue lamps, poetry on the wall and a sprawling patio outside dotted with umbrellas and flowery shrubs. So if you’re thinking this might be a prime contender for your new summertime patio, one word: yup. And therefore, a fine spot to grab a table in the morning and explore its proclivities for nine-grain pancakes and housemade everything bagels with beet-cured wild salmon and cream cheese. Plus a bunch of other things (like vegetable tacos from Taquiza and charcuterie) that you might enjoy sharing with a few acquaintances for lunch.”


According to Real Deal :

“First there was Michael’s, then Harry’s, and now Ella. The Genuine Hospitality Group, led by chef and owner Michael Schwartz, is opening a 600-square-foot pop-up cafe in Miami’s Design District. Schwartz designed the eatery along with Enrique Rene Gonzalez of Gonzalez Architecture. Design elements include sky blue lamps, an open kitchen, a wood lattice, and art from Craig Robins’ personal collection. “The aesthetic of the café really reflects my personal style, especially the use of white and light blue – my favorite color,” Ella Schwartz, Michael’s daughter and intern at The Genuine Hospitality Group, said in a statement. “I’ve been working on translating this light and airy look online, shooting Polaroid images to populate its website and Instagram.” Items range from nine-grain pancakes and breakfast sandwiches to roasted vegetable salads and parmigiano crusted grilled cheese sandwiches.”


According to New Times :

“So what’s for breakfast? On the menu are grain pancakes with organic maple syrup ($9); a bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwich on a Bay’s English muffin ($9); power in the form of Greek yogurt, chia jelly, bananas, blueberries, granola, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and dried mulberries ($12); avocado toast on True Loaf wheat ($9); and beet-cured wild salmon on a homemade everything bagel with cream cheese, red onion, heirloom tomato, and capers ($14). The bagel, by the way, is handcrafted by the Cypress Room’s executive chef, Roel Alcudia. “I think it’s pretty funny our Jean-Georges, classically trained Filipino is making bagels,” Sayet says. “They’re great.” If you’re wondering about java, Ella brews Panther Coffee. More of a tea person? Enjoy a cup of Art of Tea’s Earl Grey, green tea, or chamomile decaf. There’s also homemade lemonade ($5) and fresh-squeezed orange juice ($7). At lunchtime, which begins at 11 a.m., you can sip Michael’s Genuine Home Brew, cider, or wine by the glass. All of those options pair well with any of the chalkboard specials, which will be true to the Genuine Hospitality Group ethos of using local and seasonal ingredients. A daily special (think a big pan of something) will be proffered till its contents run out. ” written by Carla Torres.


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