Epicure Gourmet Market opens new location at Gables Ponce

Epicure Gourmet Market opens new location at Gables Ponce

Pictured at the Dec. 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony are (l-r) Joe Wilber, senior vice president of investments-East of Gables Residential; Jason Starkman, owner/operator of Epicure Markets; Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason; Mark Trowbridge, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce president, and Darin Botelho, vice president of retail property management for Gables Residential.

Gables Residential, developer of the newest luxury apartment community in Coral Gables, Gables Ponce, has announced the opening of Epicure Gourmet Market.

Epicure occupies 24,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor of Gables Ponce and features a full-service outdoor café and a gourmet market offering all-natural and prepared foods. Located at 4711 Lejeune Rd., the opening of Epicure Gourmet Market has been highly anticipated in the city of Coral Gables.

Since 1945, Epicure has drawn food fanciers and shoppers to its original South Beach location, and later to its Sunny Isles Beach store, which opened in 2008. Considered one of the nation’s most prestigious gourmet markets, Epicure’s location at Gables Ponce will bring a vast array of culinary delights to Coral Gables.

“We are thrilled to offer the Epicure experience to the residents of Gables Ponce and the surrounding Coral Gables community,” said Jason Starkman, CEO of Epicure. “With a longstanding expert staff — over 50 percent of which have been with us for more than 20 years — and renowned chefs with more than 40 years of experience in our kitchen — we are confident that our impeccable service and delicious selection of fresh and gourmet items will serve the community well.”

The award winning market offers a 240- seat café and restaurant serving beer and wine; a juice bar; a bakery that produces daily fresh breads, desserts, Danishes and a famous selection of cakes; a full-service deli, and a world-renowned butcher shop serving only USDA prime meats and the best seafood and poultry available.

The market also offers a produce department with daily hand-picked fruits and vegetables, a coffee bar with experienced baristas, and a wide variety of carefully-selected grocery items from across the globe.

The second-to-none cheese department boasts imported cheeses, pates and caviars from around the world. The market additionally features an impressive wine cellar with over 5,000 bottles and two sommeliers on premise to offer expertise and assist patrons with their wine fetishes. Epicure mostly prides itself on its freshly prepared foods, offering daily hot food to go made only with the best ingredients, in addition to their well known homemade soups and dressings.

The gourmet market also offers cooking demonstrations and classes with Specialty Chef Michael Love, as well as full event planning and catering for events of any size. Epicure offers free garage covered parking on the second level in the Gables Ponce building with direct market access. The market will be open seven days a week, 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“We are very pleased to have Epicure open at Gables Ponce. Our residents have expressed their enthusiasm for the opportunity to access the market’s casual yet high quality dining without ever leaving the community,” said Joe Wilber, senior vice president of Investments-East of

Gables Residential. “That’s the beauty of Gables Ponce — you’re surrounded by countless options for entertainment and dining, yet you also have options right here at Gables Ponce.” Gables Ponce combines modern living with refined elegance, offering resort-like amenities and access to upscale retail establishments. Anchored by Epicure, Gables Ponce also will be the home of fitness celebrity Jennifer Nicole Lee’s workout facility, JNL Fitness Studio, which is expected to open in February. Phase II of Gables Ponce, which will include 119 apartment homes and 24,000 square feet of office space, currently is underway.

The mixed-use community is steps away from the shopping hub of the Village at Merrick Park, and has close proximity to the bustling retail, fashion, dining and business offerings of Miracle Mile and downtown Coral Gables.

For more information on Gables Ponce, visit www.gables.com/ponce or call 305- 667-5700. For more information on Epicure Gourmet Market visit www.epicuremarket.com or call their Gables Ponce location at 305-503-8001.

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