New York Post

Mogul gets stuck in a Grut


A vastly expensive redevelopm­ent of a classic Firestone tire garage has hit the skids. But Page Six hears that its owner thinks it might still turn the corner.

Miami mogul David Grutman — who’s had a string of successes in Miami nightlife, including the ever-popular LIV nightclub — seems to have finally got himself a lemon after he bought the art deco building for some $10 million and spent four years turning it into a complex with three restaurant­s, with all three of them shut down within a year.

The trio of spots — an upscale version of a classic 1950s diner, Winker’s, a sweets store called Toothfairy Bakery and trendy Sushi

Fly Chicken — opened in September and were immediatel­y packed with Grutman’s many celebrity friends, including Pharrell Williams, David and Victoria Beckham and Foodgod Jonathan Cheban.

But the onetime rubber emporium quickly began to look a little . . . tired. Winker’s and Toothfairy closed up shop less than 60 days later.

Then, Sushi Fly Chicken — which hosted birthdays for both Victoria and her son, Romeo — also crash-landed recently, and Miami spies told us all the storefront­s are boarded up. (Some locals have even been joking that the spots were cursed with a “Posh and Becks Hex,” kidding that the couple are the only ones who seemed to eat there.)

But insiders told Page Six exclusivel­y that they’re not actually boarded up. There’s once again constructi­on going on behind the scenes, because they’re moving Sushi Fly Chicken into the larger Winker’s space and turning the vacated premises into a bar fronted by the wildly popular Canadian-American bro-centric influencer­s the Nelk Boys, who have their own line of hard seltzers called Happy Dad.

It’ll be the first time that the prank-happy group — which boasts a stunning 8.5 million followers across platforms — has had its own brick-and-mortar bar in which to sling its popular bubbly booze.

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