Let’s get right to it: The Wynwood Yard now is not the Wynwood Yard that opened late last year — it’s come a long way. Since opening in November, the outdoor space has undergone a massive face lift, turning into something so much more than an incubator for culinary concepts. Over the months, the venue has hosted everything from concerts to professional workshops and fitness classes — to name a few.
In March, The Wynwood Yard announced a bevy of additions and revisions, including new vendors and partnerships. Before our visit a few weeks back, the last time we were at the Yard was early December. We hardly recognized the place when we walked in this time around — and neither will you. We’re happy to see that the place has worked out its opening kinks and finally found its footing.
Here’s a quick peek at what you can expect during your next visit to the Wynwood Yard.
New Food: Plant-based Della Test Kitchen and omakase sushi food truck Myumi continue to serve up their delicious fare, but now they’re doing it alongside Ash by Stanzione 87. As you probably guessed, Ash serves as an extension of Brickell’s Stanzione 87, known for its wood-fire Neapolitan pizzas. While Ash’s menu is more limited here, it’s no less creative or tasty than its sister restaurant; pineapple, honey and an assortment of other nontraditional toppings can be used to craft the perfect pie.
Another new addition opening later this season is Bird & Bone, the latest concept from Sakaya Kitchen Owner Richard Hales. B&B will fuse American and Asian influences for a unique take on Southern food. The main attraction — hot chicken and ribs available in five levels of heat — will be complemented by specials like Florida fish toast and delectable sides like pimento Mac & cheese and creamy potato salad.
Finally, make sure to sweeten up your day with creamy, thinly shaved ice cream and toppings like mango and crushed Oreos from Mr. Bing. The unique frozen dessert concept is available for one month only at the Wynwood Yard, so check it out sooner rather than later. Visit their Instagram page (@mrbingofficial) for operating hours, which update regularly.
New Bar Program: Goodbye, Thyme. Hello, Mortar & Pistil. The Wynwood Yard’s new bar program was developed in collaboration with Tactivate, a group that takes entrepreneurship to a whole new level. They take special ops training and practices and apply them to entrepreneurial projects to help stir creativity and realize untapped potential.
So how do Tactivate’s initiatives tie into M&P? They make drinking fun AND educational. Case in point: If you have a Choose Your Adventure cocktail, where you tell the bartender what spirit, herbs and flavors you like and they’ll make you something, you might have to tie a special knot or do exercises while you wait for your libation. In our case, we learned how to pick locks.
New Activities: Your Thursday nights just got a lot more interesting with Tourniquets and Tequila. The weekly event lets you enjoy craft cocktails as you learn important emergency skills like applying a tourniquet. Other fun weekly events include Battle Balls — where you slip on a battle ball suit and smash through your friends toward the goal — and urban homesteading classes where guests can learn how to build terrariums and plant edible gardens like the one at the Yard, which produces the herbs for the bar program, fends off mosquitoes and provides shade.
As you can see, exciting changes abound at the Yard. If you haven’t been back recently, stop by and check out all the new additions. You won’t want to leave.