PRESS RELEASE: Southeast Financial Center® Announces the Opening of The Cheese Course®, Defining the Growing Plaza as “Dining Hub”

MIAMI– The second local-grown restaurant to open its doors within the Plaza this fall, Southeast Financial Center®, Florida’s tallest and largest office tower and plaza totaling 1.225 million square feet in the heart of Miami’s Central Business District, today announced the opening of The Cheese Course®, a European-style cheese shop and bistro.

Bringing a regional draw to the iconic Miami building, The Cheese Course® resides in 1,500 square feet of Southeast Financial Center’s lively retail plaza. The newest tenant joins other South Florida dining favorites, including Spris, The Newsstand Café by Books & Books and other forthcoming announcements.

“Coming on the heels of the opening of Spris within the plaza last month, The Cheese Course® offers a unique cultural restaurant dynamic which complements Southeast Financial Center’s relevant retail tenant mix and defines downtown Miami as a bustling dining destination,” said Mr. Greg Masin, Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield, who represented Southeast Financial Center in the lease transaction. “The restaurant not only caters to the interests of Miami CBD’s professional community, but to Downtown’s growing residential base as well.”

From its first CBD location, the South Florida-based restaurant offers over 150 artisanal hand-crafted cheeses imported from dairy farms all over the world as well as specialty wines, bistro sandwiches and salads to patrons who can choose indoor or outdoor seating at the recently renovated plaza.

“The retail lineup at Southeast Financial Center is poised to serve the needs of the vibrant downtown market with the offerings of al fresco eateries that will further catalyze positive traffic within the plaza,” said Mr. Jay Leone, General Manager with Jones Lang LaSalle, the exclusive management and leasing agent for the property. “With 38,360 square feet of offices leased at the Center to date this year, the timing is ideal for another restaurant to make its footprint within the 30,000 square foot plaza, solidifying it as a desired professional and social hub.”

The most significantly leased tower in the state of Florida with approximately one million square feet under lease, Southeast Financial Center continues to attract and retain tenants of stature through its capital commitment to aesthetic, environmental and technological excellence. Last year, the building unveiled a multi-million dollar 17,000 square foot complete aesthetic and technological renovation to its three main lobbies. Additionally, the 30,000 square foot outdoor plaza was upgraded with granite pedestrian walkways, strategic seating areas, an enhanced park setting with shade trees and various foliage upgrades and planters, new lighting, and a convenient pick-up/drop-off location.

Southeast Financial Center:

Located at 200 South Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami, Southeast Financial Center is comprised of two buildings: a 55-story Class A Office Tower distinguished by its striking “saw-tooth” design on the northeast corner of the façade and a 15 story Annex Building which houses the popular Downtown Athletic Club and 1,200 parking spaces. Connecting the Office Tower and Annex buildings is a 30,000 square foot outdoor plaza landscaped with shade trees and a variety of lush native plantings. A steel canopy attached 150 feet from the ground provides a uniquearchitectural connection between the two structures, and adds an aesthetically pleasing ambiance to the plaza.

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