2021 Miami Rising Star Restaurateurs Randy Alonso and Chris Hudnall of Lost Boy Dry Goods

2021 Miami Rising Star Restaurateurs Randy Alonso and Chris Hudnall of Lost Boy Dry Goods

Lost Boy Dry Goods
157 E Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33131
lostboydrygoods.com

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The story of Lost Boy Dry Goods by Restaurateurs Randy Alonso and Chris Hudnall starts with the Downtown Miami neighborhood. In 1965, Alonso's father fled Cuba, where he owned a department store. He and Alonso's grandfather opened the store in a cavernous building on Flagler Street, steps away from where Lost Boy stands today.
 
Alonso studied engineering at Duke University but entered the family business in 2006. With a vision to build the neighborhood, he opened Lost Boy Dry Goods, a second store down the block that sold denim and cowboy boots. When the retail landscape changed, the family closed both stores. But after putting in so much work to make Downtown Miami a destination, Alonso didn't want to give up the denim shop space or the name. He'd always dreamed of having a bar but didn't know the business.

Enter Hudnall, a longtime hospitality professional from Arizona who began in the industry as a 16-year-old busser. In 2005, he started his hotel career with Morgans Hotel Group at the Mondrian Scottsdale. As the hotel struggled, he transferred to the Mondrian South Beach in 2008. Two years later, he led the opening beverage team at Soho Beach House. He became the North American director of bars in 2014. Additionally, he has consulted for restaurant groups, hotel operators, and commercial real estate developers.

Hudnall and Alonso founded Lost Boy in 2018, intending to become the neighborhood bar for people who love well-made cocktails and beer. Their next venture is a gin and tapas bar/restaurant, Tropez√≥n, coming this spring, in addition to six other openings scheduled through 2021.