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Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne opens Lightkeepers restaurant




The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, 305-365-4156,

The Ritz-Carlton has replaced the Cioppino restaurant with this oceanfront, coastal-cuisine concept, named after the lighthouse keepers of Key Biscayne’s Cape Florida Lighthouse in the 1800s.

“The restaurant was conceptualized to provide a casual, yet elegant and approachable restaurant, relevant to both the global traveler and local,” general manager Justin Wilson says. “We wanted to create a restaurant where locals could consider it their neighborhood restaurant, yet at the same time, share the island’s history and story through the menu and cocktail program.”

El Farito cocktail ($15) with gin, elderflower liqueur, lime, cranberry juice and cucumber-infused syrup is named for “the little lighthouse,” and the Tequesta ($14) with mezcal, grapefruit juice and chile syrup honors the Native American tribe.

Signatures, emphasizing local ingredients, include pork-belly chicharron ($13), beets and burrata ($18), soy-cured yellowfin tuna ($18), grilled Spanish octopus ($19), Florida pompano ($29) and Palmetto Creek pork with smoked chorizo ($37).

An open kitchen features a raw bar and charcoal Josper grill-oven. The modern blue-and-green surroundings incorporate wood accents and an indoor-outdoor bar. A large terrace overlooks a palm-tree-lined pool and the ocean beyond.

Three meals are served daily. Sunday brunch launches April 2.

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