Sunset Harbour Developer Scott Robins Discusses the Neighborhood’s Rise
About Us,For years, developer Scott Robins and his half brother Craig Robins, along with others such as the late Tony Goldman and Mark Soyka, helped lift South Beach out of abject obscurity. They played a big role in making it the crowded tourist mecca it is today. Lately, his longtime business partner turned Miami Beach mayor, Philip Levine, has pulled Robins into the public eye.”When you close politically and when you try to get things done politically, invariably you upset a group of people,” Robins says. The Robins family has been well connected throughout Miami since patriarch Gerald Robins, who made a fortune in New York City real estate, relocated south in the 1950s.Levine, whose former company Onboard Media was reportedly worth $85 million in 2000 when it was acquired by Louis Vuitton Mo Hennessy, has long partnered with Robins for Beach development projects.The latest Robins family domination traces to the late 1990s. Back then, replica louis vuitton handbags Scott, now 52 dolabuy , and Craig split their business under opaque terms. Scott kept the company’s South Beach holdings, while Craig went on to foment the Design District into the posh monstrosity it is today. Since then, the two have never overlapped geographically. “There’s replica louis vuitton handbags no noncompete,” Scott promised.Related StoriesDesigning CraigAmid $312 Million Makeover, Crime Could Be an Issue in the Design DistrictIn the ensuing years, he went on to amass nearly 400 1:1 replica handbags ,000 square feet of property spread across more than a dozen Beach buildings. They hold almost 20 restaurants, including many of the eateries on Espa Way. Then there are the Sunset Harbour Shops. Robins and Levine began massing properties in the neighborhood about a decade ago, when the area was mostly small warehouses. At the time, there was barely more than the now closed Joe Allen Restaurant and Purdy Lounge.”We saw a lot of these other major streets in Miami Beach gentrifying, and there really started to be no place for locals,” Robins said. “All of these streets became very highly tourist oriented, difficult to park at replica louis vuitton bags , and hard to access.”So as Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road became flooded with high quality replica handbags china pricey real estate and big chains, Robins sought to paddle in the other direction. “For us, it was really about finding nonnational tenants where everyone knew the proprietor was very closely involved in his business,” Robins says.The Brooklyn pizzeria Lucali was the first great Discount Replica Louis Vuitton Bags coup. Sometime in 2012, Robins and Levine were approached by Dominic Cavagnuolo, whose cousin, Mark Iacono, opened the New York spot in 2006. “He came up to me and said, ‘My cousin is the best pizza guy in New York; he would be incredible in this area,'” Robins recalls. Lucali’s pricey yet pristine pies along with the burgeoning Pubbelly Restaurant Group paved the way for a slate of neighborhood spots that helped make the area a mecca for diners, apartment hunters, and restaurateurs alike.Panther Coffee soon followed. Lately, Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags Robins scored another big coup by attracting Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, also known as Chef Bee, who recently opened NaiYaRa in the 70,000 square foot development. Yardbird’s former chef Jeff McInnis is also planning a rooftop restaurant in Sunset Harbour.Yet Robins has cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk also specialized in reliable, less glamorous restaurants that don’t often grab much ink in the local food media. Take Espa Way’s Hosteria Romana. “It’s been fake louis bag there 15 years, minimum,” Robins says.Generally, he says he looks for people who can run a business better than they can cook. aaa replica designer handbags ” look for the guy I believe knows how to manage,” he adds. “If you have that guy, he could cook almost any kind of food and he’ll be successful.”And Robins may soon be looking for more of them for properties off the Beach. Earlier this year, his company sold a Washington Avenue property for $18.6 million. Months earlier, he and Levine put a 17th Street office building in Miami high quality designer replica handbags Beach on the market for $30 million. So with the potential of having nearly $50 million on hand (plus whatever Levine might throw in), Robins has been eyeing properties off the island and near Craig’s area for the first time in years.”Miami Beach at this point is pretty built out,” he says. “We looking in fake designer bags Miami, in Allapattah, Wynwood; we love downtown.”For more, follow Zach on Twitter or Instagram.Keep Miami New Times Free. Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who’ve won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi feature writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. 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