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London’s most successful oriental restaurant, Alan Yau’s Hakkasan, has opened an offshoot in Miami Beach, reports wwd.com.

The new establishment, which appears to be closely modelled on the West End original, is at the Fountainbleau Hotel – Morris Lapidus’s extraordinary 1954 building, famously patronised by Frank Sinatra. Recently enlarged and relaunched, the hotel occupies the renascent section of Miami Beach just to the north of hip South Beach.

Although still identified with Yau, the Hakkasan concept is now mainly owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

Miami (the city) and Miami Beach (the nearby resort island) are known destinations for UK restaurateurs. Brasserie chain Balans has outposts in both, and Sir Michael Caine formerly owned an establishment called the South Beach Brasserie.

British businesses never seem to find the going easy in the US and, for whatever reason, Yau’s opening was originally planned for last October. Another Yau venture, Park Chinois, at Ian Schrager’s Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, never opened at all! (The restaurant that did ultimately open on the site closed in December, and the NY Times recently reported that the space is to be occupied by New York’s favourite restaurateur, Danny Meyer.)

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