When we heard The Dutch was closing at W South Beach, we were bummed. Former pastry chef Josh Gripper had only recently become executive chef at the restaurant, and we didn’t really get much time to see him shine. Thankfully, he’s continuing in that role at The Dutch’s replacement: The Restaurant at W South Beach (RWSB).
We’re no strangers to The Dutch, the cool American restaurant inside W South Beach. Over the years, we’ve popped in for Miami Spice, summer barbecues and a bevy of other special events. It’s been a while since our last visit, though, and things have changed for the better since Chef Josh Gripper took over as Executive Chef late last year.
His name should be familiar to anyone who knows anything about the local food scene. He oversaw the pastry program at The Dutch and is now trying his hand at savory fare — with fantastic results.
Last Wednesday, The Dutch at W South Beach kicked off its annual BBQ series. The event, which is celebrating its fifth year, gives guests the chance to enjoy mouthwatering BBQ cooked up by Chef de Cuisine Adonay Tafur and notable local guest chefs.