Anderson in Miami offers a new lunch menu, live music and tacos

Anderson is undergoing some changes.In recent years, Anderson has become an entertainment complex. In addition to the main retro bar (Magnum Lounge), there was a colorful Caribbean-themed bar called El Toro Tacos, the Shack, and a garden lounge with a large outdoor patio.

Now owner Ken Lyon says it’s time for an update.

The restaurateur is carrying out his original pre-Covid plan to serve dinner at the main indoor bar, called the Magnum Lounge after Anderson’s former name. “Our footprint is a little more intimate, and we’re introducing dinner,” Lyon says, adding that the strategy is to attract locals to the area’s neighboring communities. “We’re reaching out to El Portal, Morningside and Miami Shores.”

Lyon says New time Anderson’s serves dinner Wednesday through Sunday with a menu of classic bistro favorites including steak frites, charcuterie, duck rillettes, Mykonos salad, fresh fish sandwiches and burger squares. Of the burger, Lyon says, “We’re making a square burger on a buttered, toasted panini bread. Then we add caramelized onions and cheese. It’s like an old-school patty melt, and it’s amazing.”

Anderson offers weekly specials, such as $10 Twilight Zone TV dinners, vintage TV trays, an all-you-can-eat Sunday gravy dinner and a free double bottle of wine on Wednesday nights. sharbat board. To further cater to the neighborhood, children 8 and under eat free and are welcome at Anderson’s until 9 p.m. “We want people to come in early and eat with their families,” says Lyon, adding that children cannot be seated. Bar and Anderson is not suitable for children at night.

Lyon said the changes were made to make Anderson more enjoyable for everyone.

Fans of Anderson’s El Toro Tacos will know that it has moved into the back garden area. “El Toro’s green chairs have been moved over there, and we’re making tacos out of the open kitchen.” This area offers drinks from its cocktail bar. “The whole Mexican vibe is still there,” Lyon adds.

The only thing missing, Lyon said, is a Caribbean-themed bar that’s temporarily closed.

Anderson also offers live jazz two nights a week (Sunday and Wednesday) and regular disco dancing on Friday and Saturday evenings. “We’re doing all of this to build local businesses,” Lyon says.

709 NE 79th Street, Miami; 786-401-6330; Open Sunday to Thursday 5pm to 2am, Friday and Saturday 5pm to 3am