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Friday, February 26, 2016

A visit to Glass & Vine

I had the pleasure of visiting Glass & Vine yesterday, the new restaurant by top chef Giorgio Rapicavoli along with Grove Bay Hospitality Group, opening at the Glass House in Peacock Park, the former Chamber of Commerce location. You would not recognize the place, they did an incredible job of renovation. I met two of the managers at separate times and they were both very welcoming. Barbaro Dominguez, restaurant manager, shown here, training the bartenders and Emilio Eliades, general manager; both very happy and proud to show me around.

The new restaurant is modern and clean; first class. There is a bar inside along one windowed wall and food prep area on the opposite inside wall.
And between both areas in the center of the room is a long table that can seat 20 or more people, there is also bar seating.
The majority of the seating (200 seats total) is outside, at another bar and on the veranda, which overlooks Peacock Park, and also, some seating wraps around the building on the McFarlane Road side. The glass wall between the inside and outside bar opens up, garage door style, which sort of makes the whole restaurant an outdoor experience and connects the two bars where the bartender can then attend to both sides of the bar, inside and outside.

Menu items include a section called "Snacks" which offers Zak the Baker bread, Marinated olives, Crispy Almonds, Manchego in Olive Oil and Country Ham, all at $6 each, or all five for $25 (shown here).

There is Bitter Lettuces ($12); Charred Cauliflower ($10) and Whole Roasted Broccoli ($11) as part of the "Garden" side of the menu, along with a few other items. The "Sea" side offers seven items including Raw Scallop "Waldorf" ($18), Conch Fritters ($14) and Florida Clams ($19) among the items and the "Land" section offers seven items including Beef Carpaccio ($10), Lamb Ribs ($15) and Wood Oven Chicken ($30) to name a few.

Barbaro told me that there would be just the one menu for lunch and dinner. There is a full bar and the location is stunning.

Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli is known for his Coral Gables restaurant, Eating House and for winning as top chef on the Food Network tv show "Chopped."

Lunch will be served from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm and then dinner from 5:00 to 11:00 pm; the bar will stay open much later.

I'll let you know when opening day is, they are trying for mid-March. There is a lot of buzz about Glass & Vine being a destination restaurant, which is great news for Coconut Grove.

Glass & Vine is in the Glass House in Peacock Park at 2820 McFarlane Road.

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Blogger James said...

Looks great. I think this will become a "destination" restaurant for the Grove, people coming from all over to check it out.

February 26, 2016 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one question. Is looks great I wish the best of luck seems a bi pricey. If they are serving liquror within the same building (stucture) that has an after school program for children. If I am correct is there a law that you can not have an establishment serving alcohol XXXX amount a feet from a school (St. Stephen, and may be the afterschool program). I am just curious how this works.

February 26, 2016 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks nice. Great addition to the Grove.

February 26, 2016 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to enjoy the outdoors and a nice glass of wine. Food menu doesn't excite me but the venue does so I definitely look forward to visiting!

February 26, 2016 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sushi restaurant is closer to school and they serve alcohol. Just ssying...

February 26, 2016 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sushi sells wine and beers which I think are different license with different requirements to have a full bar. But good point.

February 26, 2016 1:23 PM  
Blogger DOC WARD said...

Looks great ! a welcome addition to the Grove ....hope they plan to expand the menu.

February 26, 2016 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This should pull a ton of locals and tourist down towards the bay, boats, pier, Seminole ramp and those exercise machines, then a little more North to yet another park, with those unique benches!!!, down to Money's, and a little more North you get yet another giant park right on the Bay, nothing but a big, big plus for the Grove. Jobie Steppe

February 27, 2016 8:17 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Who cares about drinking so many feet from school. Too many regulations suppress society these days. Be free in our free country! Geez looks like a great new spot. Will check out def

February 27, 2016 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so excited for the final unveiling of this exquisite restaurant. Reminiscent of the Tavern on the Green....sophisticated addition to the Grove, bringing out the best in our community. Kudos to the developers and investors who have remained stead-fast in their visions for our neighborhood and what a Miami Suburb should truly reflect. PS, there is soooo much liquor in the Grove that is Not used or portrayed wisely....I think this is a nice step up - thoughts of a Proud Grove Resident.

March 12, 2016 12:18 PM  

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