Queen Miami Beach Brings the Party to Paris Theater
Restaurant of the Week: Miami’s new Japanese-inspired restaurant is over-the-top, glamorous and a whole lot of fun.
Miami has been on a roll with its top-notch restaurant openings, with the city recently having welcomed the likes of Tambourine Room, Klaw and Major Food Group’s Contessa. Now, another spot is getting in on the action. Meet Queen Miami Beach.
Housed in what was once the iconic Paris Theater on Washington Avenue, Queen belongs to the new wave of restaurants doubling up as entertainment venues, with a host of exclusive spaces accessible only to members.
“I saw an opportunity with the historic Paris Theatre to create an uber luxurious, selective, one-of-a-kind fine dining destination,” says Queen owner, Mathieu Massa. “Miami has recently experienced an influx of some of the most influential people in the country, so we decided to go after this demographic, a more sophisticated, educated, elevated, and more mature type of clientele.”
Opened under the Mr. Hospitality group umbrella – which also operates Baoli and Marion – Queen has so far proven to be Miami in a nutshell: Over-the-top, glamorous and a whole lot of fun.
Overseeing Queen Miami Beach’s menu is Mr. Hospitality’s chief culinary officer, Julien Jouhannaud. When he joined the group in late 2022, the French chef brought with him a wealth of experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe, including Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV in Monaco.
More recently, Jouhannaud was flexing his culinary muscles in London, where he helmed the kitchens of exclusive member’s club Annabel’s and English-French brasserie, Langan’s.
Together with Queen Miami Beach’s executive chef Mitchell Hesse, Jouhannaud has created a menu that artfully marries classic French techniques with Japanese-inspired flavors and ingredients.