GLASS & VINE TO OPEN ON FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016
Grove Bay Hospitality Group & Giorgio Rapicavoli Debut First Phase
of Coconut Grove Culinary and Retail Revolution
One of the season’s most highly anticipated new restaurants, Glass & Vine in Coconut Grove, will open to the public onFriday, March 18, 2016. The first phase of Grove Bay Hospitality Group’s expansive project will involve one of Miami’s most beloved and talented chefs – Giorgio Rapicavoli. A garden oasis by the bay, Glass & Vine will be situated in the former Coconut Grove Library space in the heart of Peacock Park.
“We’re beyond excited to celebrate the grand opening of Glass & Vine,” says Grove Bay Hospitality Group’s Ignacio Garcia-Menocal. “Coconut Grove is a one-of-a-kind place, a city with its own unique spirt and soul and we see Glass & Vine as a big step toward returning the Grove to its glory as a worldwide destination. We have an amazing partner in Giorgio and the restaurant’s opening could not be more timely as the Grove has seen some fabulous new restaurants open here in the last couple of months. We look forward to continuing that trend.”
“Our vision for a new spot in the Grove perfectly aligned with Giorgio’s,” adds Grove Bay Hospitality Group’s Francesco Balli. “We wanted Glass & Vine to be a dining destination for all, from diehard foodies and families to couples looking for a romantic dinner. We think Glass & Vine’s setting, design, menu and style will appeal to all walks of life.”
Helming the kitchen will be Food Network Chopped champion, FORBES 30 Under 30 list-maker and a James Beard Award semi-finalist Rapicavoli, who crafted the menu after a whirlwind culinary and cultural tour of Europe, which inspired him and the influence of which can be seen in his unique creations.
Menu categories are divided into Garden, Sea and Land. All offerings are designed to be shared, mix n’ matched. Garden($10-13) offerings will include a refreshing Watermelon Salad – crema, cotija cheese, toasted corn and cilantro; a Grilled “Wedge” Salad – buckwheat, bacon and buttermilk dressing; and Florida Stracciatella – charred cabbage, black truffle, egg and potato. Sea ($14-34) options will comprise of the freshest local catch with Florida Clams – frijoles negros, lime and herbs;Local Fish Tartare – frozen leche de tigre, jalapeno and radish; and Housemade Bucatini – sea urchin butter, citrus and rock shrimp. Last but not least, Land ($12-55) dishes will feature Grilled Sweetbreads – celery root and celery chimichurri; Lamb Ribs – “305” spice, peanuts and mint; Grilled Duck Breast – carrots, carrot puree and smoked carrot juice; and 28 Oz. Bone-In Ribeye – marrow/truffle butter and smoked sea salt.
Diners can end the night on a sweet note with Rapicavoli’s innovative Desserts ($11) featuring Buttermilk Panna Cotta – pistachio, lemon, sweet herbs and California Olive Ranch olive oil; “Eton Mess” – whipped cream; condensed milk, local sorbet, meringue and passion fruit; and Frozen Blue Cheese – toasted hazelnut; saw palmetto honey and black pepper.
Glass & Vine’s libations – created by Eddie Fuentes and Cocktail Cartel – will complement chef’s savory menu. Cocktails($12) will include Yellow Submarine – Olmeca Altos Tequila, apples, local citrus and cayenne; Our Dark & Stormy – Cruzan Blackstrap Rum, vanilla bitters, nutmeg and ginger soda;
Catcher & The Rye – Jim Beam Rye, lillet, chamomile, cinnamon smoke and bitters; and The Miami Incident – Effen Vodka, Kaffir lime, strawberry and eucalyptus tincture. Guests will also have the option to nix the alcohol and order their drinks virgin for $8. Glass & Vine’s bar program will also include an array of Florida craft beers as well as white and red wines by the glass, quartino or bottle.
A vision turned reality with the help of New York City’s Celano Design Studio, Glass & Vine takes inspiration from its lush surroundings and will bring the outdoors indoors with a natural color palette accented with hues of green and orange. Guests dining indoors will still be able to take in Peacock Park’s scenery with a vine-covered roof with ceiling windows, doubling as the perfect romantic setting for late-night stargazers. Those wishing to dine al fresco will also benefit from the restaurant’s open floor plan, which will reveal plenty of outdoor seating thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass sliding accordion doors. Glass & Vine willseat 200, including a 24-seat bar as the interior’s focal point. Guests will also be able to enjoy views of the open kitchen. Valet parking will also be available in front of the restaurant on McFarlane Road.
Grove Bay Hospitality Group is spearheaded by restaurateurs Francesco Balli and Ignacio Garcia-Menocal, who plan to transform Dade County’s oldest neighborhood into a culinary and retail destination for locals and visitors alike. Glass & Vine is the first installment of arguably one of the area’s most noteworthy projects, which entails a 50-year lease with the City of Miami for a seven acre property along the water’s edge, to be named The Harbour. In 2017, Grove Bay Hospitality Group will introduce two additional restaurants; an indoor/outdoor event space overlooking the bay; a marina complete with an inviting bay walk; numerous retail shops catering to the marine community and local neighborhood needs and a public mini-park.
Glass & Vine is located at 2820 McFarlane Road in Coconut Grove. Dinner will be served nightly beginning at 4PM. Valet parking will be available on McFarlane Road. Telephone: (305) 200-5268; http://www.glassandvine.com/.