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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We found the Improv

So the Improv closed at the Mayfair only to open in West Kendall. Their new location called Improv @ Homefield is at 8575 SW 124 Avenue. 

If they had stayed in the Grove, they would have been surrounded by all the new offices that Mayfair is turning into, but that might have been a good thing, all those younger ad agency types would have loved the comedy club. Right?

This weekend Michael Yo, from the Insider is performing (March 22) and coming up in the future is Steve-O on April 17 and Rob Schneider on April 19.

They have a huge variety of craft beers on tap from Dogfish Head to Abita Turbo Dog and mixed drinks. There's bottle service and a large menu.

Their new website is here.

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their loss!

March 19, 2014 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kendalls gain!

March 19, 2014 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Lois said...

Anyone like me who grew up in Coconut Grove and witnessed 60+ years of change has to be disheartened by what the Grove has become. Change and evolution is a part of life. However, destructive change that caused businesses to abandon the Grove because they can't make it here is the worse change of all.

March 19, 2014 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

franchises, franchises, franchises. they don't give an ounce of care for the communities they've set up shop in. look how johnny rockets left... w/ a whimper. how long was it there? and poof... cheesecake will do the same, just like amc, hooters, dan marinos, fat tuesdays, w/e... it's pathetic.

let's build another cocowalk! that'll solve it! wipe out scotty's and put it there! it'll be glorious! *sarcasm ;)

March 19, 2014 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on folks, any and all businesses since recorded history had to consider the [future] and make appropriate choices to earn a profit/obtain points by providing what the paying public is willing to pay. You people simply cannot continue to blame bad choices on Mark Sarnoff who has to constantly pick up the pieces from those who make extremely bad business decisions. Relax, the Grove is and shall continue to be the {GROVE}. Most of us residents are content to live in the GROVE~!

March 19, 2014 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. I'm sure the Grove was really neat in the '70s. So we're Dolphins games at the Orange Bowl. And a bunch of other things. Those days are long gone. By the way I remember the Grove if the '80s. When teens would come from all over the County to cruise. There would be a traffic jam for 5-6 blocks of cars thumping base music and showing off their neon lights. Anybody here miss that...?
DK

March 19, 2014 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Improv had been going downhill for years. 2 drink minimum, overpriced food / drink, and no big acts didn't bring people in. The loss of paying customers coupled with what I assume was an astronomical monthly rent made them seek a new home. For the past 2 or 3 years, they were giving away free tickets to almost every show - I "won" free tickets several times. They had been hurting for business for a long time.

Also, once the show was done, there was really nothing to do in the area. I remember going to shows back in their old location in the Mayfair building back in '01 or '02. The whole building was packed (Iguana Cantina and the Chilli Pepper were still around I believe). Their new location drew crowds for a while. Customers and celebrities alike would hang out at Wet Willies before and after the show or visit any of the other hotspots. Then that promenade area died off like the rest of the Grove.

March 20, 2014 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having a business leave you for West Kendall. ugh - the ultimate insult.

March 20, 2014 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep in mind Winwood is the hippest part of Miami right now and they don't have an Improv or a Johny Rockets, or a Banana Repulbic...

I have no problem with these businesses leaving...

If vacancies are high then rental rates will come down which means more opportunity for small mom and pop shops and restaurants.

DK

March 20, 2014 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in those days I remember the cocaine cowboys shooting it out now & then, I saw one guy holding a female by the hair from about 6 stories up, guys could find guys and gals and gals could find gals & guys & any blend in between. Cocaine & marijuana could be had on the spot and yes, the traffic backed up for blocks. Boats frequently unloaded @ Monty's & Seminole & seaplanes often landed just offshore of the Grove. Artist abounded & AID's rampant and we now blame Sarnoff for cleaning the Grove of this wonderful time!

March 20, 2014 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If vacancies are high then rental rates will come down which means more opportunity for small mom and pop shops and restaurants."

You haven't been around here for long have you?

March 20, 2014 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, I'm 43 yrs old... No I was not here with Ralph Monroe...but my grandfather was shortly thereafter (1920). But I see your point and I'm sorry that you miss Tu Tu Tango?

DK

March 20, 2014 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a shame that the Improv left the Grove, for Kendall no less. I thought it was a great location, but I guess they weren't making enough to cover the high rent.

March 21, 2014 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tango's was great. I do miss it.

Hey, I'm sure your perspective differs, and I'm not the above commenter, but the current cartel does not respond to vacancies as you can see. In fact, they keep increasing rental prices in the face of more and more vacancies.

It's unlike anything else I've ever seen in any market. There's not really a solution for that either, you just have to hope that eventually they realize that losing money is not a good thing.

March 24, 2014 11:31 AM  

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