South Beach is missing a venue that encompasses a restaurant and entertainment lounge, featuring nightly performances that range from Jazz and Blues to Cabaret.Â “Arena LoungeÂ is a relaxing and inviting venue, weâ€™re giving guests a full â€˜experienceâ€™ that goes beyond just going out for dinner,â€ said manager Mauro Silva.Â Located in lower South Beach, on Washington at 6th Avenue, Arena features a cafÃ© style lounge at the entrance with bar stools, high-tops and a casual dining bar menu. Deceptively quaint as guests enter, the rear of the venue is an expansive club atmosphere with plush banquets, a performance stage, DJ Stage and cabaret style dining.
Special performers at Arena will include master percussionist Sammy Figueroa, a twice Grammy nominated musician for his superior work in the Best Latin Jazz category. Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world’s great musicians. He has played on countless records, providing the rhythmical framework for hundreds of hits. He is a fuild performer able to play in a multitude of styles, from R & B to rock to pop to bebop to Latin to Brazilian to New Age. Some of the performers scheduled are the â€˜Rene Toledo Quintet,â€™ who will serve as the Arena Lounge Band, with special appearances by Hali Kayloni. Toledo was born in Cuba and has studied guitar since the age of ten. He participated in hundreds of recordings with renowned artists that include Miley Cyrus, Celion Dion, Ricky Martin, Mark Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Gloria Estefan, to name a few. Toledo has been awarded 5 Grammy certificates for his work on songs that have garnered multiple Grammy awards.
Kayloniâ€™ style was perfected by studying under many great musicians as well as her many influences including Bob Marley and Erika Badu. From an artist whoâ€™s self proclaimed favorite tune to perform Peggy Leeâ€™s â€œFeverâ€ and her newest single titled â€œCherry Pie,â€ you know her performance will be memorable.
In the kitchen is Florida native Chef Eduardo Rodrigues. Rodrigues has spent time in the kitchens of prestigious restaurants throughout South Florida including, most recently, at the National Hotel, the Grand Bay Club on Key Biscayne along with venues on Fisher Island. Rodriguesâ€™ selection of global eclectic cuisine will features dishes that include Linguini A la Fruto ($20), di Mare Shrimp A El Ajillo ($17), and a house specialty, Paella Valenciana ($22). Chef Rodrigues uses locally sourced ingredients along with those brought in from around the world.
Pictures by: Jonele Neaves