JohnMartin's, Miami's iconic Irish pub, officially reopens its doors. Under the leadership of industry veterans Emi Guerra and Alex Mantecon, co-founders of Breakwater Hospitality Group and the minds behind Miami entertainment staple The Wharf and other culinary venues, the revamped venue pays homage to the original JohnMartin’s, offering the same welcoming service and community atmosphere with a fresh, new sophisticated and contemporary style.
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“It’s an honor to carry on the legacy of this iconic venue with a fresh, modern take on a traditional Irish pub,” said Guerra, co-founder of Breakwater Hospitality Group. “JohnMartin's has been a staple in the community for decades and has so much history, especially for those of us who grew up in Miami and understand JohnMartin’s significance as a beloved watering hole and gathering place.”
The chic pub displays a modern twist on the traditional pub aesthetic and decor. Designed by Bigtime Design Studios, the restaurant will serve a selection of Irish fan favorites for lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy an array of bites, including flatbreads and "afters" for dessert, and there is even a little lads' menu for young patrons. The delicious dishes range from traditional staples like Shepherd's pie and fish and chips to the unique Guinness glazed meatballs and duck flatbread.
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Additionally, JohnMartin’s has a thoughtfully curated selection of Irish whiskey, craft beer and other authentic spirits for guests to have the full Irish pub experience. The pub will showcase original millwork and architectural elements from the era repurposed for modern appreciation. The venue’s grand 43-foot-long bar, once mahogany, received a black and white makeover with a gleaming quartz countertop and charcoal-stained wainscoting. Behind the bar, the pub’s regulars can identify the historic centerpiece from the original millwork. Passionate sports fans will love the modern flat-screen TVs lining the wall to enjoy watching their favorite team play on game day – an essential function of any bona fide Irish pub.
"We feel a great responsibility as the stewards of this Miami institution that has meant so much to so many of us locals," shares Alex Mantecon, co-founder of Breakwater Hospitality Group. "Our goal is to create something that welcomes all the loyal regulars and fans who've been coming here for years while also bridging the gap for a new generation to discover and embrace JohnMartin's alongside them. We can't wait to open our doors and hope JohnMartin's can continue to be a pillar of the community as it has been for more than 30 years."