Coyo may not be coming after all
Two Sundays ago, early in the morning, I ran into a local Grove restaurant owner. He mentioned to me that Coyo was coming to the Johnny Rockets space. He said they have been working on the place at night. I have known this guy for over 10 years, he is always spot on with the news. I did not hear him say Coyo but I didn't say anything at the time because I wanted him to keep talking and not clam up if I said I didn't know. He just spoke as if it was a fact that everyone in the village knew.
The next day, I texted him and I asked him what the name of the place was again. He texted back Coyo Taco. So there I had that. I looked up Coyo and saw what a big deal it was and I got excited. The Grove needs this. I had seen activity at the Johnny Rockets location and I know they have been wanting to get some action on that corner. After the gym the following Sunday, I walked by to check the permits on the door to see what I could find out. There were none.
I then did what I would normally do and what I do with all new businesses, I emailed Coyo. I emailed three times and never received a response. I called, but the manger or owner was never around. I prefer emails because I can just copy and paste their response and I get it perfectly word for word.
I asked one other person in town who I knew and she said something about a high end taco place opening, in October, but she didn't know any more info.
So I then emailed the BID, PointeGroup and others who would know. I just played it off as if it was common knowledge saying, "Hey, I heard Coyo Taco is opening, when is opening day?" I did not receive one response. Not one.
Now keep in mind we all know each other, we are friends or frenemies and deal with each other daily, to receive not one reply, not even, "You're wrong," or "You're crazy," told me a lot.
After trying for a week or so, I finally grabbed a friend and we headed to Coyo for lunch. I asked a few of the workers about coming to the Grove, they did not know. I saw a manger and started a conversation with him. I didn't ask his name because I didn't want to tell him my name, as he might remember it from my email about the opening and it seemed like no one wanted to talk about it.
I told him how I loved the tacos and I asked him about coming to Coconut Grove. He said they were coming. I mentioned the former Johnny Rockets space, he said they were working on it now. I asked him about opening day, he said, "Wait a second, let me go find out." He walked to the back, he was gone about five minutes, I don't know if he asked someone else, if he looked at a calendar, if he talked to a contractor, I don't know. He just came out and said, "It's a secret." I asked him why and he said because there would be massive crowds if he told me, they want a soft opening. I asked him if it would be by the end of the year, He said, yes, it would be in about a month. So I figured October, since the other person told me high end taco place in October.
That's how I got the story. I was also told that they are not using their real name on the lease and a middle man is handling the deal. That is done daily with corporations and LLCs, etc.
I do plan on going back to Coyo and asking the guy what he was talking about when he spoke with me. Because the whole thing is very strange.
I found out first when a local newspaper contacted me and asked me about it because they had spoken to the Coyo manager. As usual, they were taking my story and making it theirs, a common occurrence which is why it was so important that I have the story first.
I then received an email from the PR person for Coyo and she said they did look around the Grove and they are looking to expand, but not to the Grove. So I have my head hung low, I have never deliberately posted erroneous news before. All roads lead to Coyo, but I guess not. The good news is that something is happening and it is called a high end taco place, so let's see how it plays out. I apologize for the confusion. It won't happen again. I do find it interesting that when the Grapevine speaks everybody listens. The whole city, not just the Grove is in turmoil over this. Coyo is just that great.
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