On the heels of several successful openings, Ariete Hospitality Group (AHG) is preparing for two summer openings with the late-summer launch of Eva and The Oyster Bar at CocoWalk and just steps from AHG’s other Coconut Grove concepts. The Oyster Bar, located at Eva, will be an intimate speakeasy-style oyster and cocktail bar. Eva will offer a delicious taste of the Mediterranean through the unique culinary prism of chef/restaurateur Michael Beltran and executive chef Ashley Moncada.
Housed on the bottom floor of the gorgeously restored, iconic shopping center, The Oyster Bar and Eva will open in two phases. First the Oyster Bar, serving raw bar classics, delicious small plates and an array of libations curated to pair perfectly with the bounty of the sea. Eva will follow several weeks after, serving lunch, dinner, Happy Hour and brunch. The menu and beverage list are still in the works; specific opening dates TBA.
“The Oyster Bar will be a perfect afterwork spot for raw bar, bites and a surprisingly extensive drink program for such an intimate space,” says Beltran. “Eva is designed to be an everyday any occasion spot with great food, service and a fun, casual vibe. The idea of a Mediterranean-inspired bistro was the basis for the idea and we went from there. Eva will be as suited for a family dinner as it will be a casual business lunch or night out with friends. There will be a few upscale items and a flourish here and there as we do want to make it interesting. Our goal is to have a restaurant that is super approachable and fun with the level of service and sophistication diners expect and deserve.”
“We’re incredibly excited to welcome Eva and The Oyster Bar, a sensational addition to our curated tenant lineup,” adds Stuart Biel, Senior Vice President of Federal Realty, “The debut of Eva and The Oyster Bar enriches the culinary and social landscape of CocoWalk, infused with our commitment to revitalizing Coconut Grove’s heart and soul while amplifying CocoWalk’s allure, offering and intimate haven for exquisite bites and libations.”
Sporting a soothing, sandy color palette studded with glamorous gold accents, Eva is rustic yet modern, a sprawling space encompassing 4,100-square-feet of indoor space alone including The Oyster Bar. Rustic design elements include solid wood benches, tables and chairs, woven rattan chairbacks, a marble-topped main bar with a base of worn stones, solid stone support columns (a small ode to the Parthenon) and an abundance of natural light. The Oyster Bar will seat nine; Eva will seat 139 between the main bar, dining room, and outdoor patio, which serendipitously surrounds CocoWalk’s decidedly Grecian rear fountain.
More details to come.