Mr. Worldwide still has his heart in South Florida, which is why this summer he’s opening a new hotspot, appropriately named iLov305.
You knew it was only a matter of time. The Miami born Cuban American, who has always been devoted to his family’s culture (when he was only 3 years old, he could recite the works of Cuban poet Jose Martí in Spanish), is the consummate entertainer, so it’s only natural that he is taking over a space in the Bon-Air Hotel at 1060 Ocean Drive to refashion it as iLov305. He’ll partner with the Sugar Factory to convert the 9,000-square-foot space into a mega-restaurant/dance club/cigar bar with VIP rooms and a special area just for him whenever he’s in town, a daiquiri bar and fifty kinds of mojitos, plus a full menu of noshes including pork belly sliders, Cuban sandwiches, 305 burgers (topped with shrimp, plantains and bacon) and guava bread pudding. Why take this on in addition to his other projects? The owner of the Miami Grill, who in addition to being a superstar musician and performer also helped build SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management) in Little Havana (where he grew up) and used his own private plane to bring cancer patients in Puerto Rico to the United States mainland for treatment following the damage done to the island by Hurricane Maria, offers a simple explanation: “iLov305 says it all. I want everyone to feel, see, share the same passion and love I have for Miami. “iLov305 will have the most energy that Ocean Drive has ever seen.” That’s quite a promise—and we have no doubt he’ll be the guy to fulfill it.