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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Eating House coming to the Glass House?

Photo courtesy Giorgio Rapicavoli
Word is that The Eating House is coming to the Glass House in Peacock Park. According to reports, Chef/Owner Giorgio Rapicavoli is bringing the Coral Gables favorite to Coconut Grove.  His proposal was said to  have been  accepted by the city. An RPF for the property  had been out for quite awhile.

The Miami-born chef is well known for winning the Fo
od Network tv show, "Chopped" in 2012. His business partner, Alex Cassanova, and he started The Eating House as a pop-up restaurant in the Gables location which became a bricks and mortar full time restaurant.

If the deal is complated, there will be lots of work to be done at the Glass House. Their proposal is to spend upwards of $1 million to totally renovate the place, making it tropical with a thatched-type roof and casual look. Of course a full kitchen would have to be added, too. Asbestos is a problem now at the location, and that first has to be remediated. 

Time frame for renovation may be eight months from start. But there is no start date set.

You may be familiar with The Eating House, which is on Ponce de Leon Blvd, right off of SW 8th Street in the Gables, the menu consists of brunch, lunch and dinner. There are things like marinated olives, fried cauliflower, duck breast, lamb, sea scallops, pork cheeks, short ribs, pasta carbonara and so much more. The menu for their Coral Gables location may be seen here. And one of the best things is the Frozen Dirt Cup. The place is famous for The Cap'n Crunch pancakes, part of their weekend brunch. 

As of now, there is a "cone of silence," and anyone who was involved with the RFP process from making decisions to even just sitting in on meetings, is not allowed to talk about the project yet.

The Cone of Silence prevents city employees from having any type of communication regarding certain projects with any other city employee, elected official or non-city employee.

Stay tuned.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

I hope that the restaurant succeeds. ... But a restaurant in a park? That glass house should have been used for more of a public purpose.

August 20, 2014 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree how come we don't have a public gathering and hang out space in the middle of town for example where the Drum Circle could setup? London has Piccadilly Circus, Rome has the Piazzas, we have the Sarnoff circle.

August 21, 2014 4:35 PM  
Blogger Vic said...

London and Rome are their own cities. We are part of the city of Miami, which doesn't really have many rules since, let's face it, most of the rest of the city isn't worth preserving. So there goes our public space. What a not funny joke Sarnoff is.

August 21, 2014 11:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So everyone wants the Grove to compete against South Miami, Brickell, and Midtown, but when new restaurants open or new uses for old spaces are suggested it's "not good enough," or "why can't we use it for..." or "If it weren't for Sarnoff..."

If it's true about the Eating House, I'm looking forward to it. I think change is good, and the Grove needs to embrace it.



August 22, 2014 3:53 PM  

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