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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Will a restaurant make it in Peacock Park?

One thing that concerns me about the RFP at the Glass House at Peacock Park is that many restaurant owners who were approached about leasing the Glass House felt that there was not enough going on in the park to attract people. This threw up a red flag in my mind.

To that I say, there is plenty going on in Peacock Park. It's called Nature. We don't need anything else to be going on there. If the restaurant is good enough, people will come. Look at Peacock Garden Cafe. It's hidden between the hotel and a grave site and library, yet it is one of the most popular restaurants not only in Coconut Grove, but dare I say Miami?

But I doubt anything more commercial would be added to the park simply because of the neighbors next door at The Cloisers. They rubbed people the wrong way over the years with their complaints of noise in the park and wanting their own personal traffic light on Main Highway. But to be honest, in this case I don't see them going for commercialization in the rest of the park which is next door to their residences. They can barely tolerate the events that take place there now -- the Arts Festival, Taste of the Grove, Christmas festival, soccer games, beer festivals, etc. So I am sure they are going to want to keep out anything more than a small restaurant in there.

But we keep talking about a restaurant. The place is really not set up for a restaurant now. While the city is willing to bear the cost of a grease trap and oven hoods, etc. Some other business may come in with a better idea and it could possibly not be a restaurant.

I have to laugh over one thing. So many people who probably never set foot in the park unless there is a large event going on, are so up in arms about what happens there. I don't know why it has struck such a nerve with them.

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Anonymous Lulu said...

I liked the idea of the Shake Shack there, I think it would be a great hangout for the locals, a great lunch spot for the park and bring a lot more life to that corner of the park. Which I agree doesn't need more since Nature is going on. I think the concept of the Shake Shack really embraces that, plus it would be great to see some Grove inspired Concretes on the Menu (just like they did for the UM location) :D

May 15, 2013 10:07 AM  
Blogger F. said...

Couldn't agree with you more! I feel that the people that criticize things the most, seem to be the ones who least support the Grove or don't live in the Grove! Crazy!

May 15, 2013 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Idea of something on the park wether a restaurant, Shake shack, small dinner...... I think it is a great idea. But I would like to bring up one thing that has not been address and I think will impact any business. I would like to point out I have noting against the individuals that hang out most of the day by the cement tables. But this will disctract from a restaurant wanting to conduct business at the park. There is nothing that any company can do becuase it is a public park and not private thus you cannot dictate the ambiance directly outside your location (view).

May 15, 2013 11:57 AM  
Blogger Sledge said...

I still think that opening that small area, by the boardwalk with amazing water views, currently blocked by a few mangroves, would do wonders for tourism and business at Peacock Park.

May 15, 2013 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people who deface, sleep on, dock their boats under, and urinate from the boardwalk are against removing the trees from the shoreline.

All kidding aside, that end of Peacock park could use a good cleaning up.

May 15, 2013 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing you can do with that space is a bizz like a jcc or ymca what it should be is what it was ment to be which is are community center/rec hall. im so tired of the grove people destroying are old grove.bring back major clubs and restaurants lower the rent make free parking get rid of all this arty fartsy stuff.WAKE UP ITS SO EASY......

May 15, 2013 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A dog park, a dog park.

May 16, 2013 4:18 PM  
Blogger jelly andrews said...

I am glad you shared this information. I guess it would be better to remain it as a park. But maybe they could add new facilities to make it more appealing.

May 28, 2013 6:01 AM  

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