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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Shake Shack for the Grove!

How about it, what do you think?

Now that the Glass House in Peacock Park is available, this is the perfect restaurant for it. Shake Shack started in a much smaller spot in New York, a shack actually, hence the name. The original is still there at Madison Square Park and Shake Shack has locations in and around Miami, so it's no such a far fetched idea, is it?

Supposedly Johnny Rockets is on its way out, although they seem to be hanging on, but once they are gone, this will be similar, but of course better.

Many people see an elegant restaurant at the Glass House, they see themselves sipping red wine on the veranda, one person told me they would love to see a Tavern on the Green there, but Tavern on the Green isn't even a thing anymore, so why not have something that people will actually use, especially people in the park who will give the place most of the business.

I don't see an upscale place getting enough business all the way on that end. I know, there is Peacock Garden Cafe across the street, but I don't see two places making it at that end. But Shake Shack, that has a captive audience in the park! Kids, parents, everyone who passes by or goes to an event in Peacock Park will stop in from time to time.

I love the idea. Now how do we reach Shake Shack Inc. to pitch it?

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Anonymous Patrick said...

From a community center to a fast food restaurant. Wow, that's progress.

May 04, 2013 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that should be turned into bathrooms and a rec hall with pool tables pingpong and commutity activities.we paid for that

May 04, 2013 9:25 AM  
Blogger Atena said...

I like shake shack :)

May 04, 2013 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the rec hall WOW... thats a great idea for the grove

May 04, 2013 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, how can you think that selling off public property in a public park to private companies is is any way, shape or form is a good idea?
It was built as a community center for the residents of Coconut Grove. The NET offices and Chamber of Commerce took it away from the residents years ago and denied us use of bathrooms and access to water and now you are actually behind the City taking land dedicated as a public space and selling or renting it to private interests?
FYI The park is a great place to sit and enjoy the afternoon or evening as it is. One should not have to pay a fee to a Grove business owner to sit in the park. It's bad enough that a church has taken over the park for their private use from 9am till 2pm complete with City of Miami police protection but now the City wants to sell off park property to private investors??
If this should happen it will be a horrible precedent for all parks in Dade.

May 04, 2013 10:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Falco said...


I DID NOT SAY selling off public property in a public park to private companies is is any way, shape or form is a good idea. Where did I say that? DON'T PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH.

I am not the one putting up the building for rent. As much as you guys want a community center, that's not the plan. So I am trying to be realistic here.

Since a restaurant is going to happen, Shake Shack is my choice over a snooty Tavern on the Green type place. That's all.

May 04, 2013 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't have to yell.
I apologize if you feel I put words in your mouth but I feel that you are a voice for the Grove and when you stand up and make suggestions like Shake Shack instead of questioning the wisdom of selling a public park to private investors you ARE supporting and promoting that idea.

I did start my comment as a question. I'll ask it again.
Do YOU think selling off the Community Center for someone's private profit is a good idea?

Honest question.

May 04, 2013 11:11 AM  
Blogger Tom Falco said...

I don't debate with anonymous people. Sorry.

May 04, 2013 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fair enough.
My name is Christopher Neil.
My father and many of his contemporaries wrote songs and poems about this place and brought it worldwide attention and fame.
I was born on Aviation Av in the 60's and have lived here all my life. Grew up at 4131 Hardie Av and at my Granny's house on Coconut Av. The Grove has been an integral part of my life for all of my life. My extended family has been here since the late 40's.

It is my opinion that there is some corruption in selling public parks to private enterprises. Just accepting this and saying ,"well, we're getting screwed but at least we can decide how and by who" is not in the best interests of our community.

Please, I'm not pointing my finger at you (for that matter thank you for publishing these comments and engaging the topic) but I truly don't understand how the local politicians who are supposed to be looking out for the best interests of the community can think that selling off public parks to churches and private interests is a good idea.

Again I apologize if you feel I was "shooting the messenger."

May 04, 2013 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might as well move condomania into that space LOL!!!!!

May 04, 2013 12:12 PM  
Blogger Tom Falco said...

Ok Christopher, thanks. I have a long reply that I will post as a story later or tomorrow. If anyone else wants me to post their opinions as a story, please email it to me.

May 04, 2013 12:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A community center would last about three months, if that. We'd soon be hearing complaints that the "community center" needs to increase its budget to pay for repairs and to replace stolen property.

May 04, 2013 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarnoff Achievements Museum with life size sculptures of his cronies and dogs.

May 04, 2013 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris, your dad was/is the BOMB! I love his tunes. Great music :)

May 04, 2013 3:34 PM  
Blogger Tom Falco said...

I just wrote my response, it's a long one, I'll post it in the morning as a blog post. Thanks.

Again, if any of you would like to write a story or editorial on the subject, giving your point of view, feel free to email it to me.

May 04, 2013 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doest the grove legalize prostitution.and this can be the first brothel.i bet the grove would be alive again in less than a week.

May 04, 2013 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wouldn't be the first, ages ago there was a brothel on Ye Little Wood in south Grove

May 04, 2013 10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really can not believe all this hupla about the Shake Shack. I ate there 1x ... both my husband and I thought it was greasy and gross and we would never go back. I think Greasy Gross would be a better name.

I would say leave the community center alone but get rid of the bums that hang out near my kids playground.

May 05, 2013 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring an Apple Store into the Grove and people will come or Trader Joe's ... This is the perfect community for that.

Maybe not for that space it is a community center.

Shake shack - yuck.

May 05, 2013 8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous @ 3:34

Thank you. I am actually surprised how many people remember him and how many young/new fans he has. :)

I miss him a lot. :/

Christopher Neil

@anon 8:09 am
Most of those "bums" are shrimpers or residents of the Free Anchorage and that is their first stop comming into land or last stop on the way out to their home. Just because they are not dressed to your satisfaction does not mean they should not have equal access to a public park that some of them have been using for over 20 years and a precious few for over 50 years. Chill out n00b. Be adventurous. Try stopping and talking to one of them some time. You might actually be surprised at all the Grove history in some members of that group of "bums"
Stay away from Donny though. Every group of friends has a "Donny"

May 05, 2013 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a kayak and bike rental and scooter rental shop there

May 05, 2013 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about something healthy and not a gut bomb...

May 08, 2013 8:21 PM  

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