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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Where are the bicyclists?

It's either feast or famine I've noticed with the bicyclists coming through the Grove. I go to the gym early on weekend mornings, about 7:30 or so and each Saturday, it's very hard to leave my street to turn onto S. Bayshore Drive due to the people on bikes, running, walking, pushing bay strollers, etc. There aren't many cars but there are tons of other things and most are bicyclists in groups of 25, 50, 75.

But come Sunday morning at the same time, the streets are empty. Sometimes not one person is out. I wonder why. Are people at church? Are they sleeping Saturday night off? Is Sunday a day of rest for bicyclists and runners?

Things that make you go hmmm. .... 

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I makes me go hmmmm when I saw Acropolis Greek Taverna and the Goose closed and another restaurant may be closing. Are the parking fees/taxes and lack of connection to the trolly network killing the Grove?

January 25, 2014 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Acropolis closed already? Wow that was short lived. The goose was overdue for closure. Which other place might shut down?

January 25, 2014 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For runners, the local running stores put out water and sports drink on Saturdays so maybe lots of groups (including bikers) take advantage.

Very disappointed about Acropolis as well - ate there often. Maybe Lokal can move there since it's always packed.

January 26, 2014 8:50 AM  
Anonymous PoincianaPatty said...

The Goose was a great neighborhood bar with live music. I know the owners well and they took a chance two years ago in coming to the Grove. But they quickly learned the Grove is not the place to have a successful business especially when you are paying $14,000 a month on rent and the landlords won't budge. Sad but true! Acropolis I'm sure has a similar sad story!

January 26, 2014 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On top of the rent every business is forced to pay a senseless parking fee for parking that don't exist and a BID tax that goes to Sarnoff's own BID to be spent as he wishes.

January 27, 2014 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$14,000 a month on rent? WOW! That's just... wow. I take it property owners would rather see their storefronts remain empty and lose money. I can't imagine how much the rent is for the cursed Acropolis spot.

January 27, 2014 7:13 AM  
Blogger Musashi said...

Wow, Acropolis closed? I really liked that place. No surprise on The Goose. And what about the Barnickle? Is that place ever opening?

January 27, 2014 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to be crazy or laundering money to open a new restaurant or bar in the Grove. The commercial buildings in the grove are all owned by the same people (cartel) who could care less about new businesses unless they're wanting to shack up with the new blonde at school(the bay project).

New entrepreneurs that come here see a beautiful village and think they have found the perfect location for their dream project. Turns out they all fall victims to a perfected trap. Acropolis was OK at best and destined to fail because it was too big of a location for a niche taste with too high rent to sustain itself. Oh, and it was also next door to a juggernaut in GStreet...duh.

Just roaming and bar hoping the Grove this past weekend I'd say the top new(er) business ventures targeting locals in the Grove right now are El Taquito, Lokal, and Taurus. Small and always packed. I'd guess that Duffy's will be the next to go. If Hooters can't make it in that wing there's no way Duffy's will last.

January 27, 2014 10:49 AM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

That is unfortunate that these businesses closed. I really enjoyed the food at acropolis. I do suspect the space was too big for them. Also what happened to bar nickel which was supposed to open between acropolis and greenstreet ?

January 27, 2014 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to a Miami New Times story from a few weeks ago: "Barnickel's - Looks like they're making progress."

They've been at it for almost a year now. I wonder what the hold up is?

January 27, 2014 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's gonna take Johnny Rockets Location location location.

January 27, 2014 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When did Acropolis close?

When did Goose close?

Johnny Rockets is still open.

January 28, 2014 12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Acropolis was just too big, they need to split that place in half- the reason Lokal is always packed is that it's small (and the food is great).

Another issue- There are so many hot spots for restaurants now- Brickell, Design District, Coral Gables, Wynwood. If the grove doesn’t get serious about being competitive it will only lose more restaurants and businesses to more business friendly areas.

January 28, 2014 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Developers are planning to tear down the building where fudruckers/knife was and build a condo/retail development in that entire property, including the parking behind. I think once that is built, it will bring in more business and activity to the area. I've seen the plans and it seems like a nice low-rise building that will fit in well with its surroundings.

January 28, 2014 4:02 PM  

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