Though Little Haiti and the MiMo District are two of Miami’s fastest-growing areas, the stretch of Biscayne Boulevard from NE 79th Street to 125th Street has lagged behind in attracting independent shops and restaurants — until now. The part of Biscayne that serves as the main thoroughfare for middle-class havens like Miami Shores, El Portal, and Shorecrest is beginning to thrive, with Cake and Biscayne Home Brew leading the way and Brooklyn’s Paulie Gee’s set to move in.

A welcome addition to the neighborhood is Pinch Kitchen, which takes over the Biscayne Diner space at 8601 Biscayne Blvd.

The small restaurant is the work of chefs/partners John Gallo and Rene Reyes, two Pubbelly Restaurant Group alumni who worked together at Barceloneta in Miami Beach and South Miami, as well as L’Echon Brasserie. Friends for more than a decade, the duo decided to venture forth into their own project, announcing their plans to open Pinch, a “freestyle American eatery.”

The restaurant, which officially opens tomorrow, November 6, is already abuzz with local residents who are attracted to the warm lighting and chalkboard on the street inviting people to try the new spot.

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