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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Just putting this out there

It's unfortunate that TK's at Villa Mayfair closed down last week, they were great neighbors and great advertisers in the Grapevine, Olaf the manager was always generous and pleasant and I enjoyed the food there.

I've seen other restaurant owners checking the location out and I'd like to put this out into the Universe and into the restaurant world: Versailles, La Carreta, Sergios.

Perfect location for any one of them and we need Latin or Cuban food in the Grove.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another one bites the dust. That end of the Grove is pretty dead. There just isn't much foot traffic.

On that note, I vowed never to eat there back when they were Villa Mayfair due to them flooding review sites and news articles with fake reviews and praises.

March 11, 2015 1:34 PM  
Anonymous AM said...

I remember when News Cafe had a spot that place was always full!

I think all those you mentioned would be great additions. Especially La Carreta!

March 11, 2015 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back the Latin American Cafe or News Cafe

March 11, 2015 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, no Cuban restaurant has ever made it in the Grove. Do you expect the Latins to leave Little Havana and come to Coconut Grove to eat Cuban food? Wow.

March 11, 2015 3:29 PM  
Blogger Grapevine said...

Yup, just like the people from Paris come all the way here to eat at Le Bouchon. And all the Italians come here to eat at Strada.

March 11, 2015 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Kent Tate said...

I would love for Sergios to come to the Grove, or Latin American, in other words, any good Cuban food would do for me. Love it
Kent Tate

March 11, 2015 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why do you have to be Hispanic to enjoy Cuban food?

March 11, 2015 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again one a big supporters of the Commissioner is closing shop at its property. That is what you get when you believe in destroying to build. Coconut Grove went in rigor mortis two election cycles ago.

March 11, 2015 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Do you expect the Latins to leave Little Havana and come to Coconut Grove to eat Cuban food?"

In what planet do you live? "Latins" are everywhere, in the USA and esp. South Fla, and that includes what, say 20% in the Grove? Wild guess, amigo tonto: better brush up on your "Latin" languageS, where a good portion of English came from, anyway.

And no, Cuban food is not the only food "Latins" eat, you see, or do you only eat burgers and pork?

March 11, 2015 6:29 PM  
Blogger Craig wall said...

I'm partial to opening a crackers there similar to the one in maimi springs.

March 11, 2015 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yeah, I guess you can chalk up the restaurant's failure to new sidewalks and tree replacement.

Great analysis.

Another armchair entrepeneur strikes again.

March 11, 2015 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, I know that you like this place as you've talked it up quite a bit in your previous posts. I really tried to like it. We've been there several times and we've never had more than a mediocre experience. We kept thinking, next time...but each time was blah. The last time we were there a couple of weeks ago, the food took forever to come out and our when it finally arrived, it was cold and not appetizing. Our group resorted to serving ourselves water and getting silverware etc. And the place was not busy. Anyway...all this griping to say we really wanted it to work out but I'm kind of glad it's moving out to hopefully make way for a better place.

I do agree that we could use a moderately priced Cuban restaurant. And if I can dream a bit--why not something completely different like Ethiopian. There's no Ethiopian restaurant in South Florida that I'm aware of...I think it could draw a crowd.

March 11, 2015 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lived in a lot of states from every corner of this country. The one thing I find always does well is a good quality, family-owned italian deli.

When I saw an italian market was opening in wynwood, I was so excited. I had visions of olives and sausage, fresh mozzarella being folded, antipasto and fresh italian bread and pasta. Unfortunantly, it was really just a trendy restaurant with a few items grouped in the back and passed off as a "market." I think the demand is here for something like that, and it would complement not compete with other businesses.

If you have ever been to di palo's in ny, marios in fort myers, tonys in denver, eastside deli in La you know what community staple a good italian deli can be. Something like that would do so well in center grove. Especially if they had free parking in the garage for customers. There is plenty of demand for prepared foods, as well as, meats, fish etc as shown by the sucess of fresh market. If you are ever in ft myers grape you must stop in marios. Bruchetta is to die for as is the eggplant parmesan. Putting in an italian deli and market in that spot would be a goldmine. I know I would love to have something like that in walking distance.

March 11, 2015 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Rice and Beans will be the savior of Coconut Grove. Why don't we start Donkey Rides too?

March 11, 2015 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not gyros they seem to like selling them at all the events in the park

March 11, 2015 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow--donkey rides and rice and beans? @8:20- your racism reveals your insecurity. Neighborhoods like the Grove, or Park Slope in Brooklyn, or Piedmont in Oakland have a good mix of restaurants. Gyros included btw. Your equation of Cuban food with cheap carnival food shows your ignorance. Most likely you're the same commenter who posted at 3:29. Don't fret, your anxiety over increasing ethnic change will only get worse in the years to come but there's always the Redlands for rednecks where you'll be welcomed in open arms.

March 12, 2015 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Latin food good idea or other ethnic food not currently represented in the Grove. Variety and quality is always appreciated. Ethnics slurs never appreciated.

March 12, 2015 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's really pathetic is how ignorant people from any country think their food is the best. Including the ignorant ones here in the USA, where 'American cuisine", whatever that is (burguers, fried chicken, potato salad?) is faaaaar behind European, Asian and even South American culinary traditions.

March 12, 2015 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Deborah said...

Actually, what we REALLY need, is a Coral Bagels type restaurant! - a place where you can get a really great breakfast, all day, plus big sandwiches, soups, salads, and basic American main dishes, all at reasonable prices.

Where can you get a New York style bagel and cream cheese in Coconut Grove?

March 12, 2015 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need a diner for sure. A Coral Bagels type of place - great idea.

March 12, 2015 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reality is that its to late to bring anything to the grove.the grove died already.enjoy your last two years in quietness before the big changes come.there will be a lot of demolition very soon.

March 12, 2015 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will they propose towers to replace the Mayfair complex? Its going to be a real push to say this is still a village.

March 13, 2015 11:57 AM  

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