Coconut Grove is one of Miami’s most historic and colorful neighborhoods, coming alive as restaurateurs, retailers and developers are fueling the transformation of the Grove into an urban lifestyle destination that is luring locals, residents from across South Florida and international visitors to the area.
Local and international brands such as Aesop, the Australian beauty product line, and the popular Miami-born concept of Panther Coffee are already seeing success with their stores, chef-driven restaurants are opening, and some of South Florida’s most talked about residential towers are rising. Among the new local and international concepts now getting ready to open for business in the Grove – including first locations in Florida – are:
- Bonobos, an e-commerce driven apparel company headquartered in New York City that designs and sells men’s clothing, is taking up the space vacated by retailer Kit + Ace at 3401 Main Highway, the Engle Building, joining other highly successful tenants on the block including Harry’s Pizzeria and Panther Coffee. The Grove welcomed Bonobos only location in Florida on Oct. 11. The menswear retailer has leased a 1,960-square-foot space that will feature men’s suits, trousers, denim, shorts, swimwear and accessories. Known for its customized service and complimentary style advice, shoppers come in, try items on and their purchases are shipped to your door step in the size and fit requested for free.
- Le Pain Quotidien, an international concept founded in Brussels, will open its doors this November at 3425 Main Highway. This will become Le Pain Quotidien’s first location in Florida, with stores in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, London and Dubai. This new addition will complement the Grove’s diverse offerings of brunch and breakfast options and offer local residents and visitors a unique concept only found in the Grove. The eatery will occupy 4,142 square feet, will serve simple, elegant boulangerie fare made with organic ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its stores also offer catering, gift baskets and baking classes.
- Poke305, another fast-casual dining option is opening in the Grove at 3415 Main Highway this October, serving Hawaiian fast-casual cuisine, including raw, cubed fish in rice bowls, salads & burritos. The tenant has signed a lease for 1,152 square feet, marking the second location for the Poke305 concept born from a University of Miami graduate who wanted to bring this staple dish from the islands of Hawaii to Miami with a Latin twist. Following its first location in Brickell, the fast-casual concept is also opening soon in South Beach and Aventura.
The Comras Company’s brokerage team, led by Michael Comras, secured all three leases representing both the landlords and tenants in these deals. Comras is also part of the joint venture leading the renovation of CocoWalk, which unveiled plans for a new look and feel that will include a new design, open-air plaza and addition of retail and restaurant concepts that will better cater to locals and create a lifestyle experience. Bonobos, Le Pain Quotidien and Poke 305 are joining other recent additions to the Grove that are drawing more foot traffic to the neighborhood and are jam-packed nightly including Harry’s Pizza, Glass & Vine, Strada and Ariete – all contributing to making the Grove one of Miami’s hottest culinary scenes today.
With more than 1,000 luxury condo units going vertical in the Grove today, including Grove at Grand Bay and Park Grove, and four office projects planned or under construction at the moment, the neighborhood is preparing to welcome an influx of high net worth residents, working professionals and executives who are giving retail developers and their tenants the confidence they need to invest in the neighborhood.
Thinking all of this activity opens the door to report on the new restaurants and stores announcing openings and a deeper profile on Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood comeback and how the right mix of retailers and restaurants is raising the neighborhood’s profile as major dining and lifestyle destination.