Paul Qui will open his first restaurant outside of his home base of Austin later this year, as first reported by Food & Wine. Qui’s yet-to-be-named restaurant will be located in the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. The restaurant will join concepts from L.A. chef Gabriel Ask, who will serve as the hotel’s executive chef, and famed Argentine chef Francis Mallmann, who will open his first U.S. restaurant at the hotel.
Qui’s new restaurant is a partnership with hospitality industry veteran Jesse Herman’s company New Waterloo, and is similar to the duo’s work on forthcoming Otoko, the modern day kaiseki Qui will open at the South Congress Hotel in the coming months.
Qui and Herman are working on the new Miami Beach restaurant in close collaboration with Argentine hotelier Alan Faena, Faena Miami Beach creative director Ximena Caminos, and designers Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin and their company, Bazmark.
“Alan had me when he asked me to join in his revolution,” Qui said. “He explained that he doesn’t want to just build buildings, but to create culture. That’s definitely something I can stand behind.”
The concept from Qui and Herman is still in its final stages of development, according to Herman.
“Suffice it to say, it is really focused around Paul and his food. Everything flows from there,” Herman said. “We also have to take into consideration all other components of the hotel and the people we are working alongside. To be not just in the company of, but to work with people like Francis Mallmann is a dream come true. Paul and I traveled to Argentina and Uruguay in April to explore Alan and Fancis’ projects there and it was incredible. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”