Written by Miami Today on August 11, 2011
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MONTERREY AIR LINK: VivaAerobus, a low-cost Mexican airline approaching its fifth birthday, plans to start service Nov. 11 to link Miami to Monterrey, Mexico. Flights are to depart Monterrey at 3:15 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and to leave Miami for Monterrey at 8:45 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. The airline is also adding service to Orlando Saturdays starting Nov. 19.
CELL CONNECTION: Users of the Miami Parking Authority’s Pay by Phone — run by international company Verrus — can now use the same system to pay for parking in South Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Authority officials said at last week’s authority board meeting that they hope to link the system to Coral Gables next. The Miami Parking Authority is averaging 1,800 new Pay by Phone user registrations monthly and saw 31,000 Pay by Phone transactions in July, Luis Choter Jr., authority director of operations, said at last week’s authority board meeting.
PIZZA, SIR: Sir Pizza added to its expanding repertoire of restaurants in Miami-Dade and Broward counties with a new location at 1695 W 49th St. in the Westfield-Westland Shopping Mall in Hialeah. The group plans to increase its slice of the market to 20 locations, from the current 10, in Miami-Dade and Broward counties by year’s end. Future locations are planned for South Beach, Aventura, Homestead, Midtown Miami, North Miami Beach, Weston, Plantation, Village Green and the new Marlins ballpark in Little Havana. The original pizzeria opened in Key Biscayne. In addition to the Hialeah spot, it has added locations in Coral Gables, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Sunset, Westchester, West Dade, Kendall and Miramar, as well as a food truck.
NEW GROVITES: Four businesses in Coconut Grove have opened and a fifth expanded. European fashion boutique The Loft at 3190 Commodore Plaza, watch retailer Time Square Co. at 3444 Main Highway, gourmet Chinese eatery Confucio Express Gourmet at 2982 Grand Ave., and print shop Graphics & Printing Solutions are all joining the Grove merchant family. The 5-year-old Siam Oishi Restaurant and Bar, a Thai and sushi eatery, is also expanding to a new location at 3424 Main Highway.
SAFE SYSTEM: Miami International Airport’s Automated People Mover system, a 1.25 mile-long elevated people mover, scheduled to open in September, earned the nation’s highest safety status. Referred to as Star status, it was assigned by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Program, which recognizes private and federal agencies that use effective safety systems.Complete coverage, including The Insider and all information columns, is available in the e-edition. Sign up at www.miamitodaynews.com