Commercial Hotels and Restaurants Projects

Miami-Magic River Bar & Kitchen

Project Name: Magic River Bar and Kitchen
Location: Little River district, Miami, FL
Architect: Architecture Experience Inc.
Client/Owner: Magic River

Project Types: Outdoor bar & restaurant, Office
Project Scope: Conceptual design, Feasibility Studies
Size: 4,100 sq.ft.
Year Completed: 2019
Project Status: Concept design

Partners: Matthew Ostrowski, Regina Ostrowski
Structural / MEP Engineer: Calc Eng Engineering
Suppliers: Marine Support Services Inc, E&S Container, Steelmaster

The flavor

Magic River is a new restaurant and event space in Little River, Miami that features plant-based tapas and an eclectic beer-wine bar.  The dining style is contemporary casual.


The restaurant caters to natural diets, health foods, the vegan movement, travel bloggers, charity fundraising, farming science, tropical diets and Caribbean cocktails.

From the ground up

The project is a site development of a vacant site into a landscaped garden bar comprising a two-story shipping container structure for the restaurant and a pre-engineered metal Quonset-style structure for the event space.


The design goals were to create a verdant and comfortable social dining environment with tropical fruits, a roof garden, and trees.  The atmosphere also presents a miniature urban farm concept with eclectic elements. The result enhances the lounge and event experience as magical, mystical, spiritual, bohemian, rustic, hip and glam.


The multi-functional spaces allow for a spectrum of programming and scheduled events. These include live music, fundraising, themed events, special menu events, social engagements, business meetings, influential gatherings, and fitness events like yoga classes.


We designed a material palette that was integrated into the facade and interior spaces: a blend of charcoal steel, minimal brass fixtures, tropical wallpaper prints, custom aluminum paneling, plant walls and illuminated hanging gardens.  The dining area is tactile and sociable, as expressed in the rusticated wood surfaces.  The brass fixtures glorify the utility of food and water.  The antique metal basins and permeable landscaping talk about the goal of environmental respect for natural resources.