• The Hungry Post

Tur Kitchen Brings a Pan-Mediterranean Menu to Coral Gables

Chef Nelson J. Fernandez and his wife Ivanna planned to invest in a simple Mediterranean restaurant that they could grow and maybe franchise someday. Then they had another idea: a fine-dining concept to serve their own neighborhood.

Their Coral Gables restaurant, Tur Kitchen, opened in January after a seven-month remodel of the 4,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space on Giralda Avenue. Fernandez's in-laws, Luis and Evelyn Villanueva, are partners in the venture.

The family's enthusiasm is reflected in the high-ceilinged dining room, decorated in earth tones with accents of royal blue and art pieces on loan from the Nader Art Museum. The space also houses an eight-seat bar and chef's table that face the open kitchen. Allowing for social distancing, the covered terrace can accommodate more than 50 additional guests.