CHARCOAL garden bar + grill, created by Ken Lyon, is an exciting new restaurant concept that brings a unique design and gastronomic approach to Miami’s ever expanding culinary scene. Located at The Wynwood Yard, Charcoal is the first full-service restaurant onsite and the only one in Miami to be built completely from modified shipping containers, executed by the talented team at Little River Box Company. Since The Yard is a temporary-use space, these portable and sustainable building blocks provide the perfect architectural solution.
The limited kitchen size restricts the complexity of the menu; therefore, we’ve established the most basic of concepts – simply grill the best, locally sourced, ‘off-the-industrial-grid’ foods we can obtain. Our menu is built around a single type of cooking equipment; a pair of Josper grills, state-of-the-art Spanish enclosed grills that burn 100% charcoal and can reach upwards of 800º Fahrenheit. The results? Foods that have a deep, developed, pure flavor profile.
Our menu rotates twice per season in order to take advantage of the fluctuations in market availability. We source whole animals – hormone and antibiotic-free pastured chickens, Berkshire hogs, and grass-fed lamb and beef – from small family Florida farms and do the butchery in our commissary kitchen. Seafood is based on North Atlantic stocks; from Florida to Canada. The globally inspired sauces and condiments are made from scratch, in-house. Our herbs are grown on-site in our organic edible garden. Charcoal’s simple yet elevated grilled dishes pay homage to an earlier, ‘pre-cuisine’ period of mankind: cooking over pure charcoal is a basic, primitive, analogue technique that allows the quality ingredients to speak for themselves.
The Wynwood Yard, founded by visionary Della Heiman in November 2015, is a pop-up entrepreneurial hub that introduces creative food, drink, design and culture to Miami. The innovative community space is defined by an ever-changing roster of culinary and creative businesses, as well as an edible garden maintained by Little River Cooperative and the central ‘Bar at the Yard’ - all of which are anchored within a vibrant outdoor setting. We are thrilled to be a part of this incredible space and look forward to seeing you here!