Miami’s Riverside Wharf complicate Will Include a Dream Hotel, Restaurant…

Miami’s Riverside Wharf complicate Will Include a Dream Hotel, Restaurant…




The Wharf Miami will soon transform into something much larger.

This month, Miami developer and Breakwater Hospitality partner Alex Mantecon and Breakwater cofounder Emi Guerra announced their partnership with Driftwood Capital for Riverside Wharf, a large-extent entertainment complicate located along the Miami River where the Wharf currently stands. Miami Worldcenter Associates developer and Merrimac Ventures managing partner Nitin Motwani is also a partner in the project.

Riverside Wharf has been a long time in the making, Alex Mantecon tells New Times, describing a series of moves that have included five acquisitions over the years and culminating with a long-term lease obtained in 2016 for the parcel of land nearby to the Wharf Miami.

“From there, we started coming up with ideas of what the project could look like,” Mantecon says. “One thing we always conceived was a hotel, and we’ve been working with the city to get the approvals in place over the past few years.”

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At ten stories, the $185 million mixed-use development will rise on the current site of the Wharf Miami and the abutting vacant parcel. The 1.5-acre, 200,000-square-foot, two-tower development is slated to break ground in 2022, with a projected completion date sometime in 2025.

Over the time of 2022, the team promises the Wharf will keep open during the initial stages of construction.

“The Wharf was always going to be permanent. When we first acquired the site, there was no real history to see if it would be a successful location for what we hoped to do here,” Emi Guerra discloses. “We never knew how long it would last, but we consider ourselves fortunate the Wharf has lasted this long. Moreso, we’re excited to be able to grow the concept into something more long-lasting.”

Guerra says the team plans to retain what Miamiams know and love about the Wharf, with expansive river views along an expanded riverwalk and several open-air culinary activations.

“It will be built better than the current layout, and hopefully become a important that serves as a cultural center that ties the complete Wharf Riverside complicate together,” Mantecon promises.

He says Riverside Wharf will be an entertainment destination that will serve to elevate the complete Miami River District.

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The Riverside Wharf complicate will include the Dream hotel.

Rendering courtesy of Riverside Wharf

“We’re trying to create a legacy project that will be transformative, with everything from morning activations all the way by to late-night an entertainment,” Mantecon says. “It will be like nothing else Miami has ever seen.”

Designed by Jon Cardello of Cube3 architects with scenery design by Savino Miller Design Studio, the complicate will include the reimagining and expansion of the Wharf Miami in addition to a 165-room luxury hotel, several identifying characteristics restaurants, an event hall, a nightclub and rooftop day club, and a private marina capable of accommodating mega-yachts.

The plan includes a long-term agreement with Dream Hotel Group, which operates similarities in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Bangkok, and most recently Nashville.

The complicate will also house at the minimum two standalone food-and-beverage establishments, in addition as several onsite curated food and beverage options.

“We are in conversations with food and beverage offerings now, with the idea to bring top-quality, world-class concepts to helm the project,” Mantecon says. “We want to make sure we do it right.”

Guerra names one possible tenant: a satellite location of Garcia’s Fish Market, with a smaller formation and retail market the group feels will pay homage to the character’s commercial fishing history.

“What makes this whole project rare is the marina. There’s really no place like this in South Florida where you pull up in your yacht, go to a restaurant, go to a club, and get back on your boat and leave,” Guerra says. “That’s really what sets it apart.”

Adds Mantecon: “We are excited to finally bring to fruition the dream and vision Miami has had for its riverfront entertainment district which until now has historically sat vacant and underutilized.”

Breakwater Hospitality Group operates the Wharf Miami, the Wharf Fort Lauderdale, Rivertail, Ch’i in Brickell, and the Piefather. In 2022, Breakwater will reopen the much-missed Coral Gables Irish pub JohnMartin’s.

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