Even if you've eaten six burgers before indulging in a tasting menu at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (which is coming back in May), even if you've danced 'til dawn at an Ultra Music Festival afterparty, even if you've drank Cristal straight out of the magnum on a Bitcoin billionaire's yacht during Art Basel, you might not be prepared for the amount of energy that's in Miami right now.
"Something like a Big Bang happened in Miami," says restaurateur Stephen Starr, who's working to open an outpost of New York's Pastis with Keith McNally in Miami's Wynwood area next year. "Miami's always been great with its weather. South Beach two decades ago was a major international deal. But prior to right now, Miami's just been coasting along. It's been the same old Miami, nothing incredibly different, maybe even a little tired at times. But Covid hits, and all of a sudden this becomes the Garden of Eden."