Will Scotty's go the way of Jimbo's?
First Jimbo's on Virginia Key, next Scotty's Landing? We talked last week about the RFP that went out for the Scotty's property last week, along with the Chart House next door and the Grove Key Marina. Some people would like the businesses changed to something more modern and chain-like, I've heard words like Olive Garden and even Bayside. I went out last Friday for lunch and took these photos. It's "old Florida" for sure at Scotty's.
Andres Viglucci, from The Miami Herald was also there Friday and he filed a story today. You can see that here. One person explained Scotty's like this: “It’s what the Grove used to be and isn’t anymore.” I personally feel it would be nice if Scotty's could stay. I do agree that the menu needs a big overhaul and maybe the place needs a few other renovations, including the bathrooms, but it's rustic, real and it screams Coconut Grove. No chain restaurant will ever be able to do that. Why must everything be homogenized? It's hard to believe that it's all not about money. It's always about money.
I love the way the Herald article explains how you "pick your way through the boatyard just north of City Hall in Coconut Grove — watch out for the giant forklifts carrying speedboats aloft — and head for what looks like a weather-beaten old shack by the water." It explains it so perfectly. It's amazing how you just walk under boats being lifted into the water to get to the place. The rest of Miami has been bulldozed, built up and modernized. Can't Coconut Grove just be left alone?
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