Cesar Zapata and Ani Meinhold – the dynamic duo that brought to Miami our first ever pop up with Phuc Yea – announce today that they will revamp their successful Southern restaurant, The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions, to The Fed, set to open Tuesday, May 17.
“We now truly understand the meaning of ‘if these walls could talk.’ Sandwiched between these four walls, are the last five years of our lives – the good, the bad, and the ugly,” says Meinhold. “We will miss The Federal. It stands for so much and has brought us so many successes. However with time, everything changes – our guests’ expectations, our neighborhood, even us.”
Last service for The Federal will be Mother’s Day dinner, on Sunday, May 8. The restaurant will undergo a design enhancement for approximately a week and then reopen with a fresh look, entirely new menu (except brunch) and new name.
“We are excited to introduce The Fed to the MiMo neighborhood as well as to new and existing customers,” says Zapata. “As a brand, we’ve grown, but as a chef, I’ve evolved. The food and techniques that excite me today are different from what excited me when I first opened The Federal. We have grown alongside our guests and our peers; our lifestyles are different now. It’s healthier and cleaner; our new menu will reflect this.”
The Fed will be a representation of both Meinhold and Zapata. Nodding to Meinhold’s quest to find restaurants where professionals and families can afford to dine out two to three times a week, the menu will inspire a communal and family-style experience. Shareable plates categorized as “For the Homies” will offer starters for guests to nibble and share, and a selection of hand-pressed and baked “Tostadas” (Mexican-style sandwiches), vegan veggie “Bowls” and Zapata’s interpretation of fajitas dubbed “Skillets,” will provide several affordable choices from $8 to $14.
For Zapata, the new concept provides a chance for him to incorporate his Texas roots with a large focus on his love for smoke, chilies and Southwest flavors. Reflective of requests made by their guests, along with the evolution of their neighborhood and their lifestyle together, the two have made a conscious decision to offer a large selection of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and paleo options including House Guac with pineapple, mango and toasted coconut served with choice of veggies or chips; Sweet Platano Tostada, baked not fried, hand pressed tortilla, roasted sweet plantain, jalapeño, queso fresco and pickled onions; Summer Corn Fritters, chipotle tofu crema, chile lime, cilantro; Cauliflower “Rice,” grated cauliflower, quinoa, dried fruit, cucumber, pineapple, cilantro vinaigrette and Smoked Chicken Skillet served with veggies, choice of housemade sauce and choice of corn tortilla or lettuce wrap.
“Monday through Friday is about focusing on making smart choices – eating clean and exercising,” says Zapata, “The weekends are more carefree and meant for indulging.”
Preserving a “best of” from The Federal, brunch will live on at The Fed, with menu favorites like their Wings ‘n Waffles, a pair of crisped pig wings, corn meal waffle, classic buffalo sauce and bourbon maple syrup; Smoked Brisket ‘n Eggs, tender, smoked brisket, Kansas City barbecue sauce, potatoes and fried eggs; and Pork Belly Hash, chunky, crispy chicharrones, shredded potato, sweet & sour sauce and sous vide egg. Appropriately named “The Federal Brunch,” Meinhold and Zapata invite guests to indulge every Saturday and Sunday until 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday, guests can also enjoy a Happy Hour from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., which includes $3.00 Mexican Beers and $15.00 Bottomless Sangria and Punch plus Daily Dollar Bites.