It’s a Thursday night in Brickell. Diners at Komodo nibble on hamachi crudo as a wave of leggy young women parade through the dining room around them, filling up tables in a section inconspicuously presided over by a large security guard. David Grutman darts around the floor with the alertness of a regal hunting dog, nose in the air, iPhone in hand, anticipating the imminent arrival of the evening’s VIP guests.
The managing partner of Miami Beach nightclubs LIV and Story, Grutman opened Komodoin 2015 as his first foray into both the restaurant world and the rapidly developing Brickell financial district on Miami’s mainland, located across Biscayne Bay from South Beach and adjacent to downtown, bordered by the Miami River. In recent years, Brickell has seen a boom in luxury condominiums, restaurants, and nightlife venues, making the area a desirable place to live and play, especially among Miami’s young professionals.