A very expensive redevelopment of a classic Firestone tire garage has gone off the rails, but Page Six learns its owner thinks he could still turn the corner.
Miami tycoon David Grutman – who has a string of Miami nightlife hits, including hugely popular LIV nightclub – appears to have finally gotten himself a lemon after buying the Art Deco building for around $10 million and spent four years turning it into a resort with three restaurants. And then all three closed within a year.
The trio of spots – an upscale take on a classic ’50s restaurant Winker’s, a candy store called Tooth Fairy and a hip Asian fusion spot Sushi Fly Chicken – opened in September and were immediately filled many famous friends of Grutman, including Pharrell, David and Victoria Beckham and Jonathan “Foodgod” Cheban.
But the old rubber emporium soon began to look a little…tired. Winker’s and Tooth Fairy closed shop less than 60 days later.
Then Sushi Fly Chicken – which hosted birthday parties for Victoria and her son Romeo – also closed recently, and Miami spies tell us all the storefronts are closed. (Some locals even joked that the places were cursed with a “Posh and Becks Hex” because they had been such frequent guests in the seemingly troubled places.)
But insiders tell Page Six exclusively that they’re not actually on board — it’s just that there’s construction going on behind the screens yet again because they’re moving Sushi Fly Chicken into the larger space of Winker and transform the vacated SFC space into a bar front by hugely popular Canadian-American influencers, the Nelk Boys, who have their own line of hard seltzers called Happy Dad.
It will be the first time the prankster group – which has 7.4 million YouTube subscribers – has its own brick-and-mortar bar to launch its popular sparkling liquor. In fact, it appears to be the first time social media stars have launched their own bar.
Grutman recently announced plans to open a steakhouse with rapper Bad Bunny.