Get To Know: Sherwoods Bistro
By Tyler Sminkey.
Sherwood’s Bistro & Bar, the newest neighborhood spot serving fresh comfort food made-from-scratch, has finally opened its doors to welcome hungry patrons while embracing the charm and history of Miami’s Little River. Located across the street from The Citadel, the new dining hotspot owes its namesake to the historic Sherwood Forest of El Portal and will honor the character and antiquity of the neighborhood, just as the upcoming opening of The Citadel embraces as well. As a partnership created between Barclay Graebner and Richie Effs (Morgan’s) with Steve and Liesel Harivel of Harivel Studios, the establishment comes on the heels of the team’s prior accomplishments including The Annex Wynwood and recently opened Acme Lounge.
Sherwood’s boasts an eclectic design featuring materials from around the world including bathroom fixtures from Belgium and tiles salvaged from the French embassy in Portugal all creatively directed by the power couple behind Harivel Studios and Ace Props. Its developers capture a bygone era by blending the character of the Little River neighborhood and its historic buildings with a complete renovation that kept guests’ needs a top priority. Feeding the body and mind, diners will gaze upon art-filled rooms that are themed while enjoying live piano music during dinner on weekends and a jazz vocalist by the Magnolia Bar.
“The opening of Sherwood’s is an exciting next step for Little River and brings to light what locals in this area have seen coming for some time now,” says Thomas Conway, founder of Conway Commercial Real Estate and co-developer with Nick Hamann of Urban Atlantic Group for The Citadel. “The neighborhood is perfectly positioned to become Miami’s next lifestyle destination and there is so much more to come.”
Founding partner, Barclay Graebner, who opened Wynwood’s Morgans Restaurant, played a critical role in designing an elevated “neighborhood bistro” menu with each dish designed from scratch using fresh ingredients. Family-style dishes for the whole tribe include the Ploughman Platter and Dandan Noodle, while worldly starters range from Bone Marrow to Labneh Yogurt to a Daily Crudo. The menu taunts palates with a wide selection of entrees, salads, burgers and desserts. Spirits from the Magnolia Bar are sourced and bought from mainly small batch companies and are slightly shaken up by modern twists on old-school classics.
“The charisma and beautiful history of the area inspired us through every facet of the creation of Sherwood’s Bistro and Bar,” says Liesel Harivel, co-founder of Harivel Studios & Ace Props and co-founder of Sherwood’s Bistro & Bar. “From our careful selection of design elements to curating a menu and even considering the entire dining and drinking experience – this labor of love encouraged us to create something that will engage and fulfill each of our customers’ appetites.”