Philly-based CookNSolo is quickly becoming a national restaurant group to know. James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov and partner Steve Cook have just announced plans to open up a Dizengoff, their Israeli-style hummusiya, in Miami. This isn’t the only CookNSolo project outside of the Northeast: In June, the group announced plans to expand fried-chicken-and-doughnuts mini chain Federal Donuts (affectionately known as FedNuts) to Miami and Nashville.
It’s already been a big year for the team behind James Beard Award-nominated Zahav. The Dizengoff announcement comes less than a month after the surprise opening of Goldie, a vegan, Israeli-style falafel shop just above Rooster Soup Co., Solomonov’s luncheonette that donates all its profits to charity. That restaurant opened in a basement space in Philadelphia early this year.
The Miami Dizengoff will be the fourth location of the casual hummus spot that also hosts the occasional dinner series. There are currently two Dizengoff locations in Philadelphia, including one in a Whole Foods, and one in New York’s Chelsea Market. The Miami outpost will be situated right next door to the first Miami Federal Donuts in the Wynwood neighborhood, Eater Miami reports.
In the meantime, Zahav looks to take home wins for Outstanding Service, Outstanding Chef, and Rising Star Chef at the James Beard Awards next week, and it’s unlikely this is the last we’ll hear of expansion plans from the CookNSolo team, clearly at the top of their game.
• Michael Solomonov Is Opening Another Dizengoff [EPHL]
• Michael Solomonov’s Hummus Restaurant, Dizengoff, Is Heading to Wynwood [EMIA]
• Zahav Star Michael Solomonov Is Opening a Falafel Shop [E]
• America’s Best Fried Chicken and Doughnuts Are Busting Out of Philadelphia [E]