Swank Southern Kitchen Rises in Davie
With a rodeo, a downtown "Western district," an equestrian-themed McDonald's, and a horse hitching post at the Walmart Supercenter, Davie is known as a country-Western sort of town. With mile upon mile of chain restaurants and sports bars, Davie is not really known as a place one would travel to -- by horse or motor vehicle -- to find a creative meal.
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A group of Miami chefs, who have spent time working in some of the hottest kitchens in the city -- Tuyo, Swine Southern Table & Bar, Nemesis, Pubbelly, and more -- is attempting to turn that around with Swank Southern Kitchen on University Boulevard. A modern Southern eatery, it is bringing dining trends from Miami and other major cities to Davie.
It all started with Oscar Ferreira, the main investor of Swank and Soi Chinese Kitchen in Miami's Design District, who wanted to take over the space formerly occupied by a friend's business.
"When Oscar decided to take over the location, he drove around the area to see what would fit," said Swank chef Angel Vergara. "There was nothing around the area that was pushing the limits, and it seemed like Davie would be welcoming to Southern-style food. We took the idea and took off with it."
Chefs Angel Vergara of Soi Chinese Kitchen and Michael Galadza are the two who have stayed on from the original four -- Matt Hockin and Isramil Almonte have left since the opening of the restaurant in September.