Plus, a very big birthday for Versailles and a waiting list worth racing for.
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🍔 Will Florida finally bite into In-N-Out Burger?

Plus, a very big birthday for Versailles Restaurant and a waiting list worth racing for.

By Zach Schlein

It’s Thursday.

Happy Veterans Day to all of our neighbors who have served in the armed forces. If you’re looking to honor the folks who’ve served this country, be sure to check out what’s open and closed as well as the official events and military discounts happening around town.

Now for the news…

💧 What Miami is talking about

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🚨 Details have emerged about a police officer’s lawsuit alleging corruption within the Miami Police Department. As detailed by Miami New Times, a complaint filed by Police Sgt. Edwin Gomez against MPD Capt. Javier Ortiz — who is currently suspended with pay for the third time — and the City of Miami contends “that high-ranking personnel in the department act like ‘organized crime members.’” The suit alleges that Gomez was harassed and retaliated against in part for his cooperation with a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into Ortiz. More details — including a memo Gomez sent to ex-MPD Chief Art Acevedo expressing that “providing information regarding corruption will almost certainly be met with systematic retaliation" — can be read at the link. ➡️ (Miami New Times)

🍟 Today’s culture wars skirmish comes with a side of fries: Gov. Ron DeSantis is reportedly courting In-N-Out Burger to expand operations to Florida. According to the governor’s press secretary Christina Pushaw, DeSantis had a “productive” phone conversation with In-N-Out President Lynsi Snyder-Ellington earlier this week about opening new locations in the Sunshine State. The call comes amid the regional fast-food chain’s restaurant closures and vocal misgivings about COVID-19 vaccine passport requirements in California. (WKMG)

🇨🇺 A Little Havana institution is celebrating five decades of delicious Cuban cuisine. Versailles Restaurant observed its 50th anniversary yesterday by bringing back menu prices last seen in 1971. The Miami dining staple pulled a similar stunt not so long ago for its 40th birthday. (WSVN)

🎽 Miamians are racing to compete in a marathon next year. The Life Time Miami Marathon is celebrating its 20th anniversary in February 2022, and excitement is running high both figuratively and literally: the event has been capped at 15,000 participants and spots are long gone. However, race director Frankie Ruiz told the Miami Herald that a lottery will be available for any openings that arise “through cancellations or those who defer to the following year.’’ You can register for the waiting list by visiting, but act fast — entries must be submitted by Tuesday, Nov. 30 and only 1,000 or so spots are expected to open up. (Miami Herald)

💰 Another day, another proposed cost of living increase: Florida Power & Light has asked the state Public Service Commission for permission to collect an additional $810 million from customers next year. The request comes amid a trend of rising gas prices around the globe and follows last month’s approval of a multi-year price hike by FPL. Regulators are set to make a decision next month; if they give the green light, the increase would take effect in January 2022. (CBS Miami / News Service of Florida)

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🍻 Raise a glass to cleaner coral reefs at Veza Sur’s Charity of the Month event supporting the Coral Restoration Foundation (Wynwood)

🗣 Share stories of finding grace in the face of failure during the sixth edition of "F*@!up Nights Miami" (Doral)


🎸 Join local act Towers of Babel in celebrating the release of their newest EP, "On a Tuesday," at Tea & Poets (South Miami)

🌇 Embark on a sunset boat tour in Biscayne Bay and learn about the Indigenous and ecological histories of Miami's legendary body of water (Key Biscayne)

📽 Swing by Wynwood Walls for a movie night and fashion show by Claudia La Bianca (Wynwood)

🍿 Grab some popcorn for the 20th edition of the Miami Short Film Festival at the Deering Estate — takes place Friday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 14 (Palmetto Bay)


🤘 Rock out during live performances by Dion Lunadon [ex-A Place To Bury Strangers] and MOLD! plus a warm-up DJ set by Ale Campos of Las Nubes (Wynwood)

🍾 Celebrate the 8th Anniversary of IlluminArts with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a special musical performance by the award-winning soprano Melissa Wimbish (Brickell Key)

🌎 Help neaten up Julia Tuttle Causeway heading eastbound toward Miami Beach during an afternoon volunteer cleanup sponsored by Florida Sea Turtle Company, Lloyd Jones and Bonefly (Miami)

🎵Put some skip in your step with a concert featuring old-time, folk, and gypsy-swing music in a cozy Kendall home (Kendall)

🎉 Take in the unique sights, sounds, and flavors that make Miami so special during HistoryMiami's free festival, CultureFest 305 (Downtown)

🎙 Soak up the silvery vocals and playful humor of singer Kat Edmonson as she belts American songbook classics, Disney favorites, and originals (Cutler Bay)

💃 Watch the world premiere of several new works as Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami kicks off its 2021/22 season at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (Cutler Bay)

🗓 Party for a purpose and contribute to a good cause during the 9th Annual Support-A-Scholar Celebration (Coral Gables)

🌇 Take a free Saturday morning yoga class on the scenic Paseo of the THesis Hotel (Coral Gables)


😋 Feast on sweet flavors and even sweeter sounds during Sweat Records' monthly Waffle Party Vinyl Brunch feat. Laura of Miami (Wynwood)

🍂 Dive into the science behind scenic seasonal change during "Mini-Me Science: Autumn Leaves" at Frost Science (Downtown)


✏️ Hone your figure drawing abilities skills with the help of a class offered by Oolite Arts (Miami Beach


🗑️ Be part of the solution by volunteering during the latest Trashy Tuesday sunset cleanup (Downtown)


💪 Take part in the Third Annual Pitch Competition by Ladies Empowerment & Action Program (LEAP), a Miami-based nonprofit empowering current and formerly incarcerated women through entrepreneurial classes and workforce readiness workshops (Online)

🌊 Learn about the “Impact of Sea Level Rise on Historic Places” with University of Miami professor and geology department chair Dr. Harold Wanless (Online)

👋 That’s all for today

See you back here tomorrow for the final newsletter of the week.


Zach at The New Tropic

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