This new Coral Gables restaurant has two culinary powerhouses behind it

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Ryan Pfeffer
Photograph: Unsplash/Daniel Bradley

It was sad news when Miami found out the Coral Gables pork-centric restaurant Swine was closing its doors. Their mac and cheese was the bomb, the burgers were dope and they’d put bacon on pretty much anything if you asked nicely. Heck—they’d put bacon on top of your head and cover you in maple syrup if you left a nice tip.

But they’re gone now. Sigh.

However, before you let bacon withdrawal ruin your mood, there’s some good news for Gables foodies. The old Swine space is getting new life thanks to a couple big local names. A new restaurant called Ad Lib will be taking over the space in early 2019, and it’ll be run by executive chef and partner Jamie DeRosa and executive pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith.

DeRosa has been behind Miami concepts such as Tongue & Cheek and Izzy's Fish & Oyster. Hedy Goldsmith is a two-time James Beard finalist. Not too shabby. And though details about the food are still forthcoming, the restaurant promises responsibly sourced meats, local produce, and wild-caught fish and seafood. There will be cocktails too thanks to Sam Ross, owner of New York City’s Attaboy. This is one to add to your food calendar for sure.

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