Jose Mendin on PB Station and Pawn Broker: “A Little Sexier” Experience by the Pubbelly Boys
PB Station opened Monday at the Langford Hotel at 121 SE First St. in downtown Miami, signaling two landmark moves for the Pubbelly Boys who own and operate the restaurant.
This is the first foray to the mainland for the restaurant group that consists of Jose Mendin, Andreas Schreiner, and Sergio Navarro. It’s also the first time the Boys are helming a bar. Pawn Broker rooftop bar and lounge features classic cocktails and tapas with views of the Miami skyline.
PB Station features American cuisine with an emphasis on meats and seafood. The menu, created by chef Mendin, will be executed by executive chef Guillermo Concha, who has been with the Pubbelly family since 2010. Pastry chef Maria Orantes and Pubbelly partner Sergio Navarro are in charge of desserts at the restaurant.
Just a few days into service, Mendin says things are going well. “We’re still getting used to the space, tweaking little things in the kitchen, but overall it’s great. There’s a different feel than our other concepts. We wanted to give diners a different experience.” The dining room, modeled after a train station is “a little sexier” than the other Pubbelly concepts, according to the chef. “It feels like a chop house, but it’s not. Most restaurants here I call Miami chic. Here, you almost feel like you’re not in Miami at all. It’s very New York.”
Mendin says the rooftop Pawn Broker bar is even more unique. “It’s like nothing else in Miami, that’s for sure. On the patio, you’re surrounded by buildings. It’s a beautiful setting.”
Although this is the first foray outside of the beach for the Pubbelly Boys, Mendin says he’s already noticing many familiar faces in the dining room. “So many people have been customers of Pubbelly. Some of them were regulars for years, but they disappeared. Now, they’re coming back to PB Station.”