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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Some new things around town

The former restaurant/club space on Mary and Florida, across from the Bookstore, is being transformed into law offices and a small restaurant at one end, which is still available for rent. It was a large multi-level club space. I have a couple of businesses in mind for the restaurant, who have been trying to get into the Grove, but the high rents have kept them out. They're two very well known restaurants in other parts of the county that would like to expand into our market.

We have two new coffee shops on the verge of opening in the Grove. A Nespresso place is almost ready to open on Fuller Street, where the Design Bar home store was, Design Bar moved to the end of Commodore Plaza. Also, The Blonde Tulip flower shop has been working on a small coffee and pastry shop inside the flower shop. It's been in the works for awhile. No opening date set.

Noel, who owns the tattoo and piercing shops is now opening the "new" Yucky's. As you know the original Yucky's on Main Highway closed after being an institution for so many years. Noel bought the Yucky's name and is transforming the place into an "upscale smoke shop," in his words. Noel's got his own little red light district right here in Coconut Grove.

I stopped by yesterday, they are still in the painting and transforming phase, but it will be new from the ground up. Yucky's is quite well known in hippie circles and many tourists ask for it when in town.

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Blogger Chris said...

Are commercial rents trending up like in other areas of City of Miami? In Wynood, the commercial rents have exploded recently. I can't imagine how the Mayfair and Cocowalk could fair in this market.

May 23, 2013 11:18 AM  
Anonymous That Guy said...

The reason that the grove has been slower on recovery is that the rents never adjusted down with the market. That and the anti-business regime running the show.

May 23, 2013 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YIPEE!!!!! Yaucky lives on.

May 23, 2013 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard they are asking approximately $180 rent per square foot for the Johnny Rockets space, it is mind boggling, yet it compares properly to the $500 rent per square foot being collected on parts of Miami Beach including Lincoln Road and some parts of Brickell, either I am out of touch with what is going on in the real estate market or my middle class money do not suffice to pay rent anymore.

May 23, 2013 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep it up grove!!!! turning clubs into offices is greedy and a stupid move for the grove.keep doing this and there wont be any reason for anybody to visit the grove.

May 23, 2013 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There hasn't been a club - or anything for that matter - in that space for YEARS now.

May 23, 2013 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Niiiice! I'm the guy who said it should be turned into a e-cig retail shop when this story broke on CCGV! I will be looking for that check tattoo guy. Anyway, you want to do something really awesome? Put sweet barber shop style chairs in the display windows facing the street and let patrons smoke cigars/e-cigs/cigs/hookahs while having the best airconditioned people watching view in the grove! They have this setup at a place in Key West and its always packed. Oh, and if you want to keep it classy don't sell little plastic dope "baggies" to the west grove hustlers like the old yucky's used to...I saw this almost everytime I went in that place. Goodluck!

May 27, 2013 6:24 PM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

That location where avalon cafe was on mary/florida has been empty 5 years now.
I could have sworn the residents upstairs complained about noise (despite it being a club for years...)

I'm curious to see how nespresso will fare, they need outdoor seating or sufficient seating to survive.

Also blonde tulip putting in a coffee shop would mean they have coffee right in front of the bookstore? literally 40 feet away?

May 27, 2013 11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the bookstore has a rent free lease of 6 months which is the only way they were able to secure that great new location after being booted out of the last one. but truth be told, the owners are hated by many in the grove due to their comments such as 'don't touch the books with your dirty hands' and 'keep an eye on her' with that frame of mind, along with the horrible coffee, I will not be surprised if they won't last the next 6 months when the rent is actually due. So this spot may be up for rent soon as well. Coconut Grove BID has no clue when it comes to 'keeping it local'. We don't need any more 'sport bars' filled to capacity with acne driven college kids looking to score. We need adult blues jazz lounges with friendly owners who don't scare you away with fake red hair.

May 28, 2013 10:39 AM  

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