French grill helps Florida chef go more casual

French grill helps Florida chef go more casual

When consumers clamp onto their wallets in a recession, some operators react nimbly. Veteran chef-owner Allen Susser has been doing so for the past year at Chef Allen’s restaurant in Aventura, Fla., a Miami-area favorite since 1986. He has dialed the concept back from a high-end dining spot to a more casual, lower-priced modern seafood bistro.

The menu at Chef Allen’s is simpler, but still imbued with the local ingredients and creative flair that made Susser a pioneer of the New World

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