JOHN MARTIN’S Irish Pub & Restaurant
ONE OF OUR LATEST PROJECTS: REOPENING CORAL GABLES’ ICONIC JOHNMARTIN’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT
After Recent Closure of 31-Year-Old Irish Pub, JohnMartin’s Has Reopened with a New Look and Feel.
MIAMI — It’s official, in November 2022 the newly reimagined JohnMartin’s Irish Pub in Coral Gables has opened it’s doors. Those interested in applying for employment can send their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1989 by John Clarke and Martin Lynch, childhood friends from Killinkere parish in northwest Dublin who moved to Miami in the late 80s, JohnMartin’s has returned as the quintessential Irish pub for today and beyond, with a fresh, contemporary aesthetic rooted in tradition and heritage. The revamped venue, designed by Bigtime Design Studios, pays homage to the original JohnMartin’s while creating a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere that’s both contemporary and enduring. It has reopened under the leadership of industry veterans Emi Guerra and Alex Mantecon of Breakwater Hospitality Group, the minds behind Miami entertainment staple The Wharf, and Erick Passo, owner of Downtown’s Black Market Miami.
“It’s an honor to carry on the legacy of this iconic venue with a fresh, modern take on a traditional Irish pub,” said Guerra, co-founder of Breakwater Hospitality Group. “JohnMartin’s has been a staple in the community for decades and has so much history, especially for those of us who grew up in Miami and understand JohnMartin’s significance as a beloved wateringhole and gathering place.”
Opening daily at 11:30 a.m., the restaurant will serve lunch and dinner, with extensive food offerings including a selection of Irish fan favorites, sandwiches, flatbreads, small plates and “afters” for dessert. Dishes range from traditional staples like Shepherd’s pie and fish and chips to more inventive offerings including Guinness glazed meatballs and duck flatbread, as well as mouthwatering burgers and crowd-pleasing entrees like ribeye steak and baby back ribs.
The renovated venue showcases many original millwork and architectural elements of the building as well as eclectic furnishings from the era repurposed for contemporary socializing. The venue’s grand 43-foot-long bar, once mahogany, has received a black and white makeover with a gleaming quartz countertop and charcoal-stained wainscoting. Behind the bar, JohnMartin’s regulars will recognize the historic centerpiece from the original millwork that’s been painted and is now flanked by light oak wood shelving. This fond reminder of the venue’s previous incarnation is juxtaposed with modern flat-screen TVs lining the wall for sports fans to watch their team play on game day – an essential function of any bona fide Irish pub.
“We feel a great responsibility as the stewards of this Miami institution that has meant so much to so many of us locals,” said Alex Mantecon, co-founder of Breakwater Hospitality Group. “Our goal is to create something that welcomes all the loyal regulars and fans who’ve been coming here for years while also bridging the gap for a new generation to discover and embrace JohnMartin’s alongside them. We can’t wait to open our doors and hope JohnMartin’s can continue to be a pillar of the community as it has been for more than 30 years.”
JohnMartin’s is located at 253 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Additional information can be found at johnmartinsmiami.com.
About Breakwater Hospitality Group
Breakwater Hospitality Group is a multi-concept food and beverage organization based in Miami. Founded in 2018 by Emi Guerra and Alex Mantecon, Breakwater Hospitality Group’s concentration on quality beverages and cuisine transcends dining into memorable spaces with unforgettable locations and community social hubs. Currently, Breakwater Hospitality Group operates The Wharf Miami, The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, Rivertail, CH’I in Brickell, The Piefather, Carousel Club, JohnMartin’s, and in 2022 will open Pier 5. For more information, visit breakwaterhg.com.
Nestled on Miracle Mile in Miami, JohnMartin’s is a quintessential Irish pub and watering hole founded in 1989 by John Clarke and Martin Lynch. Breakwater Hospitality Group’s Emi Guerra and Alex Mantecon, in partnership with Erick Passo, owner of Downtown’s Black Market Miami, renovated and reopened the storied eatery in fall 2022. John and Martin were childhood friends from Killinkere parish in northwest Dublin who moved to Miami in the late 80s. The restaurant was modeled after their beloved neighborhood pubs from their homeland and quickly became a beloved gathering place that helped revitalize Miracle Mile.
Redesigned by Bigtime Design Studios, the updated venue welcomes diners with a fresh, contemporary aesthetic rooted in the original founders’ heritage and a family-friendly atmosphere where everyone can feel they belong. The restaurant has a capacity for over 200 guests and offers a thoughtfully curated selection of Irish whiskey, craft beer and other spirits alongside a classic menu of authentic Irish and American fare with global influences that includes flatbreads, Irish fan favorites, sandwiches, small plates, and “afters” for dessert, as well as a little lads’ menu for young patrons. Dishes range from traditional staples like Shepherd’s pie and fish and chips to more inventive offerings including Guinness glazed meatballs and duck flatbread, as well as crowd-pleasing entrees like ribeye steak and baby back ribs.
JohnMartin’s is located at 253 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134. The restaurant opens daily at 11:30 a.m. It closes at 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and closes at 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. To make a reservation and for more information, visit johnmartinsmiami.com or call 305-209-0609.