It’s still a construction war zone in the building at 350 S. County Rd. but despite the seeming chaos the new restaurant from former Miami chef Clay Conley is on track to make its debut at the start of the new year.
Buccan, named after the wooden frame used to grill meats in the Caribbean, is the first restaurant for the one-time chef at Azul in Miami’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, who’s partnering with Islander Piper Quinn and former operations manager for Todd English’s Olives Group, Sam Slattery.
A tentative menu for the casual, moderately priced, American-style tapas restaurant should be ready this week, Slattery said. The location has been something of a Bermuda Triangle for restaurants, with the previous occupant, an Italian pizzeria, closing in less time than it took to bake a pie, and its predecessor, Beach House Bistro, crashing and burning almost as fast.
Though it takes some imagination to picture Buccan’s interior now, it will hold an exhibition kitchen in the rear with twin chef’s tables in full view of the cooks at work. There will also be a raw bar and wood-fired oven. Unused space from the previous tenants has been reclaimed for a private dining room and wine room.