The Wynwood Yard, a food and culture hub in Wynwood, has been a pioneer in bringing entrepreneurial growth in the local culinary industry as well as other kinds of businesses since its inception in 2015. As one of the first culinary incubators in The Magic City, The Yard has provided a community-driven space with a built-in network of support for entrepreneurs to test concepts, menus, and operations in order to perfect their game and take the next steps in materializing the growth of their businesses.
Jake Smith of Myumi was the very first entrepreneur to sign up to be a part of The Wynwood Yard and is now ready to move onward in his business endeavors. Smith bids adieu to his hugely successful Japanese omakase food truck’s home here. Now, doubling Myumi’s size at its new home at the up-and-coming Miami food hall, The Citadel, Smith takes his growing business to a new level. Myumi departs The Wynwood Yard in early June. Executive Chef Kazuo Yoshida will be present throughout the first week of June preparing special omakase menus.
Shnitz n’ Fritz, a more recent tenant at The Yard, started as an unproven food concept, but quickly made its mark. Brothers Berni and Alan Klinger channeled their Israeli-Argentine roots into a menu that has grown to become one of the food hub’s most beloved fixtures with mouth-watering dishes like The Classic Sandwich, stacked with chicken schnitzel, Israeli slaw, B n B pickles, sunny side egg, and chimichurri aioli or the plant-based Habibi sandwich made with falafel, Israeli salad, cabbage salad and tehina served on a pita with a side of fries. The brothers even make their hand-cut fritz (fries) in-house, and like all of their menu items, these are made with select ingredients and a whole lot of passion.
“We have accomplished exactly what we set out to do at The Wynwood Yard. We’ve developed and perfected our menu and created and validated a business model which allows us to go into the next phase with a proven concept and the ability to expand with less risk and more opportunity,” says Alan Klinger.
He adds: “Our success at the Yard has caught the attention of landlords all over Miami. They love our food and see us as being a great activator for their sites. It has also opened up the idea of working with investors if we want that option. We’re moving on to take next steps and we would like to thank Della Heiman and The Wynwood Yard for giving us the opportunity and the platform to prove our concept and share our love for food with this community. We would also like to give thanks to the support and inspiration we received from the patrons that enjoyed our food, and our fellow entrepreneurs within this space. We love food and hope to see many more culinary dreams come true via this magical space we call The Yard.”
Shnitz n’ Fritz’s exit is bittersweet for The Wynwood Yard. They leave big shoes to fill and The Wynwood Yard invites interested food entrepreneurs to apply for a residency by answering all questions on the online application form at: http://bit.ly/applyTWY by May 23. Only concepts responding to this form will be considered.