News Cafe on Ocean Drive Reopens
The venue was Gianni Versace’s favorite local spot
by SFBW Staff
News Café recently reopened at its original location on the ground floor of The Tony Hotel at 804 Ocean Dr. in Miami Beach. The famed restaurant, bar, and newsstand helped reignite South Beach’s resurgence in the 1980s. The reinvented concept will feature a Mediterranean-American-inspired menu and re-creations of their classic dishes.
The cafe debuted in 1988 by renowned restaurateur Mark Soyka as one of the only restaurants in Ocean Drive’s Art Deco district, a neglected area at the time. The 350-seat restaurant quickly became a go-to destination for locals and tourists, including Gianni Versace, who frequented the restaurant daily for breakfast and newspaper.