Will a restaurant make it in Peacock Park?
To that I say, there is plenty going on in Peacock Park. It's called Nature. We don't need anything else to be going on there. If the restaurant is good enough, people will come. Look at Peacock Garden Cafe. It's hidden between the hotel and a grave site and library, yet it is one of the most popular restaurants not only in Coconut Grove, but dare I say Miami?
But I doubt anything more commercial would be added to the park simply because of the neighbors next door at The Cloisers. They rubbed people the wrong way over the years with their complaints of noise in the park and wanting their own personal traffic light on Main Highway. But to be honest, in this case I don't see them going for commercialization in the rest of the park which is next door to their residences. They can barely tolerate the events that take place there now -- the Arts Festival, Taste of the Grove, Christmas festival, soccer games, beer festivals, etc. So I am sure they are going to want to keep out anything more than a small restaurant in there.
But we keep talking about a restaurant. The place is really not set up for a restaurant now. While the city is willing to bear the cost of a grease trap and oven hoods, etc. Some other business may come in with a better idea and it could possibly not be a restaurant.
I have to laugh over one thing. So many people who probably never set foot in the park unless there is a large event going on, are so up in arms about what happens there. I don't know why it has struck such a nerve with them.
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