The group behind the local favorite Aficionados Brickell Wine & Spirits have opened their first restaurant concept, The Arketekt. After over 20 years in Pembroke Pines, 9 years in Coral Springs and 7 years in Brickell, the owners have decided to venture into the culinary world.
Under the consulting culinary direction of Chef Jean Paul Desmaison, former owner of the well-known restaurants, La Cofradia in Coral Gables and Jean Paul’s House, and Chef Ivan Mackliff, formerly of The Big Easy, Andu Bistro, The River Oyster Bar and several others, the two chefs have joined forces to create a unique yet approachable global menu for this brand new Miami eatery. Along with Mackliff’s team at The Arketekt, he brings inventive, creative and flavorful dishes to the Downtown Miami area.
The carefully curated menu offers a wide variety of small plates and a distinctly local craft cocktail menu with signature drinks that will blow your mind and your palette. The bar program takes inspiration from its neighbor, Aficionados utilizing unique spirits, rare liqueurs and only the freshest ingredients.
A notable component to The Arketekt’s beverage lineup is the extensive wine list and half bottle program that allows guests to experience multiple flavor palettes. One of a kind and the only one in Miami, the half bottle program brings esoteric and unique wines from family owned vineyards, made by hand to the people of Miami. There are 50 wines served in decanters and the patron will be able to taste several types of wine as opposed to committing to an entire bottle for the same price.
The restaurant is designed by Ximena Estadella, who combines imagination and creativity to develop unique spaces all across Europe and the United States. Originally from Spain and now based in Miami, Estadella is responsible for the interior design of Wynwood Diner and La Galeria and NO NAME in Madrid, to name a few. Estadella’s designs have become milestones in their cities, as well as inspiration for others, and her aesthetic adds to the impact that The Arketekt will have on its surrounding community.
THE ARKETEKT, DERIVED FROM THE PHONETIC SPELLING OF THE WORD ARCHITECT SIGNIFIES “ONE WHO CREATES.” THIS APPLIES TO ALL ASPECTS OF THE RESTAURANT, PLAYING OFF OF THE CREATIVITY AND CULTIVATION OF GLOBAL FOOD, DRINK AND MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE SPACE. WITH THE RAPID EXPANSION OF THE DOWNTOWN MIAMI AREA, THE ARKETEKT SERVES AS A VENUE FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE ALIKE TO MAKE THEMSELVES AT HOME IN THIS UNIQUE AND FRIENDLY SPACE.