Old trees making way for new Italian garden
They were cut down by Farinelli 1937, the new restaurant opening on the corner there. I spoke with Maurizio Farinelli, owner of the restaurant, he also owns Strada, across the street.
"First, let me say that I've been living in the area for the past 25 years. One reason I love the area is because of the foliage. I want to be a part of the Coconut Grove community," he said.
He told me that the trees were dying and branches were falling, while he did not realize he needed permits and permission to do anything he is more than willing to take the blame, pay the fines and mitigation and move on from there. His future plans for the site sound great. He wants to put in more trees, the same ones on Commodore Plaza and he wants to turn that corner into an Italian garden, including freshly grown herbs. These were his plans before the trees were cut down, it's not a mitigation backtrack.
I think if FrameWorks, across the street, can get the right tenant for their first floor and the Italian herb garden setting at Farinelli 1937, this will be the best corner in Coconut Grove. Add Strada and LoKal and it's a little foodies corner of the village. With Lulu and Greenstreet on the other end of the street, it's quite an inviting area.
Maurizio tells me that he is hoping for a Thanksgiving time opening, DERM is the usual hold up when it comes to restaurants. I joked with him that he's in a race now to beat Harry's Pizzeria, which is on McFarlane Road, to see who opens first, but he says they are different restaurants and will compliment each other. And of course the more restaurants around here, the better. We are all looking forward to all of them.
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