Rosie’s: The Backyard opens physical store in Miami

What started as a pop-up is transitioning to its first brick-and-mortar location in Little River. Rosie’s: The Backyard reopens to Miami’s culinary scene in its new home, owned and operated by hotel couple Akino and Jamila West. The backyard location will serve as a temporary home for the restaurant while the owners renovate a historic home in Little River where they will eventually operate. Now open with an all-day brunch menu, Rosies: The Backyard is a chef-led take on South American cuisine with subtle Italian nuances and classic techniques.

Rosie’s: The Backyard, located at 7127 NW 2nd Ave, is an open-concept space that includes alfresco seating for 70 people to dine under the shade of a massive banyan tree among twinkling lights in an enchanting, expansive courtyard. The restaurant is located in Little River, one of South Florida’s oldest neighborhoods that showcases Miami culture through local shopping and dining. Rosie’s: The Backyard brings a new wave of elevated dining to the area with an open-air patio filled with greenery for a simultaneous connection between ambiance and food.

Rosie’s: The Backyard is centered around a chef-led menu and focuses on the quality of the guest experience. Trained culinary professionals will partner with renowned restaurants to host monthly dinner parties, regularly offering exclusive experiences including cocktails, special dinners and more.

“Rosie’s: The Backyard, our new location, will give diners a slightly higher, immersive experience, but in a casual outdoor setting,” says Jamila. “We took inspiration from global destinations to create the menu, but looked to our backyard to create a foodie destination for the whole neighborhood.”

Akino and Jamila West have 30 years of experience in the food industry. Chef Akino West has had a vibrant career working for James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz in Miami, Florida and three-Michelin-starred NOMA in Copenhagen, Denmark. Jamila is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked for award-winning chef James Beard Jose Andres through the SLS Hotel brand in Beverly Hills and South Beach, Miami. She then moved into front office management in the Middle East opening several Katsuya locations, a chic Japanese concept with global trading company Alshaya.

Led by Chef Akino West, Rosie’s will feature classic menu items such as Smoked Salmon Benedict ($23), an elegant brunch dish served on a homemade buttermilk biscuit topped with a rich, buttery rosemary Hollandaise and topped with Meyer Lemon for a citrus kick; the Wild Mushroom Polenta ($19), a creamy blend of cured flavors with roasted mushrooms, a delicately poached egg placed on top and topped with charred kale, Parmesan and herb gremolata for a fresh kick; and Pastrami Hash ($19), house-smoked pastrami with sweet potato sformato, charred green onion gremolata, and goat cheese. With Rosie’s OG, the couple introduced fresher items as well as more elaborate candy options to finish off the meal.

Salad of butter lettuce ($16), olives, feta, pistachio, grated fennel and banana peppers, and oregano vinaigrette; Cacio E Pepe Omelette ($16), a French-style omelette with cacio e pepe sauce and smoked prosciutto; Deviled Eggs ($6), with crispy chicharrones and chives; and the Burrata ($14), featuring fresh mango from the West’s personal house, herbs, wildflower honey, and toasted sourdough.

Originally Rosie’s was born during the pandemic at the Copper Door B&B, where the West first entered the Miami hotel scene in 2017. The B&B was known for its communal breakfast and was hailed by customers who have left rave reviews of Akino and Jamila’s family style. meal. Growing demand from South Florida residents wanting to try the guest-only breakfast is what inspired the Wests to open the pop-up. In 2020, the restaurant opened to huge acclaim, with articles in Vogue magazine, The New York Times and Travel + Leisure magazine. The restaurant was also celebrated within the local community.

Looking to the future, the Wests have big plans to expand Rosie’s into a historic home in Little River, which is currently being renovated. Rosie’s: The Backyard is open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, serving a diverse range of sweet and savory brunches, affordable craft cocktails, and a natural wine list.