By Jessica Sanchez, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – After almost twenty years as an upmarket mainstay on Lincoln Road, Sushi Samba will close this December. According to paperwork filed on October 8th with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, its ownership Orange Brands, will not renew the lease.
Sushi Samba is described as ‘an inventive culinary culmination’ of three countries: Japan, Brazil and Peru. With a menu including Japanese tempura and sushi, to Brazilian churrasco and moqueca, to Peruvian anticuchos and ceviches.
However on December 22nd, the lease on the only location left in Miami is going to expire and their 53 employees will be laid off, according to the filing. Four other Sushi Samba locations remain, in London, Amsterdam, Dubai and Las Vegas.
Robert A. Saenz, a Miami Beach resident, said, “I have been a resident of Miami Beach for many years and also been a customer of some of these restaurants and it is a little surprising to see them go after being a customer for a long time.”
Adding concern for the future of Lincoln Road, “Its sad because we will miss going there and I think people who used to be good customers will look for more options in other areas of the city.”
The restaurant was part of the new face of Lincoln Road when it opened in November of 2001, successfully attracting many tourists and locals to the area. Now it is the third restaurant that will close on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road this year, perhaps due to the average rent of $300 per square foot.
The other two major restaurants on Lincoln Road that have closed in 2019 are Baires Grill Steak House and Rosa Mexicano, which closed in April 8th and July 2018 respectively.