Sandbar Sports The grill, a coconut grove institution, is scheduled to open this Friday after a year-long closure.
Restaurant and sport at least it closed after the government closed the dining rooms in March 2020 and was ready to turn to the concept just to take away when a kitchen fire bypassed the plan.
Two days of takeaway service only, owner Mike Perrin called his CEO saying Sandbar was on fire.
“Our kitchen was burned and the restaurant was damaged by smoke,” says Perrin New Times.
Fortunately, the fire started after a few hours, when no one was in the building on Grand Avenue in the center of Grove in the city center. The fire burned so hot that it melted the PVC water pipes, which extinguished the flame, saving the century-old structure.
Yet when he arrived and saw the damage, Perrin was devastated.
“My heart just sank to the floor, but it would have been a lot worse if the pipes hadn’t melted. Our building is one of the oldest in South Florida,” says Perrin, who estimates the building was built sometime between 1909. and 1913.
Perrin decided to rebuild. The challenge was to update Sandbar’s features without sacrificing its nautical charm.
The result is a lighter sand bar with the refreshment of many cult bodies – including a giant shark and a rescue chair.
Blue-and-white walls with accentuated wood accents give a Key West vibe, while giant video walls allow patrons to capture their favorite games with style. Perrin himself has updated the bar which will feature an ocean scene with sand tiles in epoxy and charging stations for smartphones.
Additional outdoor seats will allow patrons to enjoy the sun or play bottles on the newly placed artificial grass.
“We wanted people to sit outside and have fun. Outdoor seating is key now,” Perrin notes.
Perrin wanted the menu to stay the same, but couldn’t resist a few new adjustments, including a basket of fries and a dipping sauce.
“One of my hobbies is cooking, so we’re going to change a few things,” he says.
The bar will pour 40 beers on the draft, plus a tap for prosecco, along with hard seltzers. Cocktail favorites like Hurricanes “Category 5” and “Sandbar-ritas” will be back, along with bottomless mimosas on Sunday.
Perrin opened his Grand Grand Avenue which opens for this Friday, April 9th. “We may open for lunch, but we’ll be open for happy hour,” he promises.
For now, the Sandbar will open daily at lunchtime and close around midnight, despite the recent abolition of Miami-Dade County curfew.
Perrin says he also keeps celebrating the bar’s 20th anniversary, which was on the calendar last year before COVID and the fire mediated.
He is simply happy to be back.
“I feel like for now we just want to start being normal.”
Sandbar Sports grill. 3064 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; 305-444-5270; sandbargrove.com. Open every day from 11 a.m. to midnight.
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