Graspa Group takes over management of SOYKA Restaurant

Mark Soyka, Ceci Velasco, Silvia Graziano Sbroggio, Pietro Riccobono and guest

Soyka restaurant, located in the 55th Street Station off of Biscayne Boulevard, has been a staple on Biscayne Boulevard’s food scene since 1999 under the ownership and management of king restaurateur Mark Soyka. But as of June 2011, he has passed the baton of the day-to-day operations to his long-time business partner Graziano Sbroggio.

“Soyka restaurant is a very successful restaurant. Mark’s decision to partner with us was much more about bringing our experts in to take Soyka to its full potential,” explains Graziano Sbroggio, President of Graspa Group. “The main changes will occur behind the scenes, how we manage the staff, kitchen operations and purchasing.”

Alberto Marcato, Graspa Group’s Corporate Executive Chef who oversees the kitchen operations in all of Graspa’s venues – Maitardi in the Design District, Van Dyke, TiramesU, Spris and Segafredo on Lincoln Road – has already implemented more cost effective procedures. Alberto shares: “I am applying Graspa’s motto to leverage our purchasing power as a group while increasing quality so the customer is happy that the food is good and the price is affordable”.

The menu at Soyka will remain mostly the same keeping the American comfort food concept, however, some light changes will trickle in throughout the next couple of months including new daily specials to test the customers’ preferences and higher quality ingredients. Customers will also notice suggestion cards, which Graspa Group uses at all of its locations, especially when the menu is being updated. “This is a great opportunity for loyal customers and people who have not been to Soyka in a while to share with us their thoughts,” suggests Graziano.

Also, the newly refurbished Garden Room, adjoining the intimate patio corridor dining area, has been expanded, redecorated by Mark Soyka and will hold private parties and special events for up to 75 seated guests or 125 standing, cocktail format. Additional novelties will be announced as they are secured but will include happy hour drink specials, a bar menu with smaller portions and music-related events staying within the theme of the recently added Soyka Live Jazz Nights held every Friday and Saturday from 9pm to midnight and hosted by music lover Mark Soyka,

About Soyka Restaurant:
Soyka Restaurant, 5556 NE 4th Court, 55th Street Station, Miami, FL 33137 tel: 305-759-3117 fax: 305-759-4115
Open Sunday through Thursday 11am to 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11am to midnight. Soyka restaurant is on facebook:

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