Bayshore Club will honor the Pan American Seaplane Terminal in Coconut Grove
Long before CocoWalk and Monty, Coconut Grove was a popular destination for Miami in search of entertainment.
Decades ago, this entertainment came in the form of families coming to Grove to find a prime spot to watch Pan American Airways’ seaplanes take off and land at Dinner Key.
From 1931 to 1945, Coconut Grove was home to the Pan American Seaplane Base, which connected Miami to the destinations of Central and South America. In 1946, the city of Miami purchased the property, and in 1954, the station building was converted into Miami City Hall. The building is listed in National Park Service The registration is in 1975 and is a prime example of Art Deco architecture and design.
currently, Grove Bay Hospitality Group Coconut Grove’s aviation and nautical past are paid homage with the Bayshore Club, which combines an outdoor restaurant, bar and theme park on the spot where Scotty’s Landing – another signature piece of Coconut Grove – stood.
The Bayshore Club is part of the larger Regatta Harbor, a mixed-use development that combines marina, entertainment, retail and dining spaces. The marina was completed in 2019 and the entire project is due to be completed next year.
The project was established in 2013, when Grove Bay and TRIO . group, a privately owned real estate investment firm, has won a tender to take over a mega project in Miami that will bring new life to the waterfront stretch that includes Grove Bay Marina, Chart House and Scotty’s Landing.
Grove Bay Hospitality Group is responsible for operating the restaurants on site. One restaurant, still in the planning stage, will serve a fine dining dinner by a celebrity chef to be named.
The first restaurant, Bayshore Club, is set to open this winter.
The casual restaurant, although roofed, is almost entirely outdoor and will take advantage of its place along the waterfront by providing a tiered, stadium-like seating arrangement that affords every seat views of the water.
“The covered part of the restaurant is made up of two levels. Take some stairs and you’ll find a 360-degree bar,” says Francesco Palli, co-founder and CEO of Grove Bay. “Go down and you will find tables in the sand.”
The structure will have a mid-century modern feel with clean lines. The decor will honor the Pan Am station at Dinner Key, says Bali, which describes a huge digital sign for departures and arrivals that will constantly change.
Seaplanes no longer come and go to Dinner Key, but boats arriving at the marina will be greeted by a massive “Welcome to Miami” postcard mural, decorated with neon lights.
The rest of the restaurant will offer nods to the former seaplane station. “There are so many historical aspects that we include in the design,” says Bali, noting that the menu will have the look and feel of the plane’s design plans.
The outdoor patio will contain over-sized toys, seven fire pits, and seating areas. Ignacio García Menocal, co-founder and CEO of Bali, says the space will give people the opportunity to enjoy the waterfront in an informal setting. “We have space to let people enjoy the waterfront. We want to make this a family affair.”
The Bayshore Club will serve up classic pub fare – burgers, sandwiches, salads, ceviche and tacos. The restaurant will also feature a raw bar serving cocktails and handcrafted beer.
Grove Bay has joined some of Miami’s best chefs, including Janine Booth, Jeff McInnis, Jeremy Ford, Giorgio Rapicavoli and Marcus Samuelsson, but the Bayshore Club will be less chef-oriented and more destination-focused, says Garcia-Menocal. “We have great partnerships with chefs, but the Bayshore Club is already project-based, so we can make it more casual.”
The more formal, chef-driven concept would come later, in the space just north of the Bayshore Club.
The project holds a special place in the hearts of the co-CEOs. After all, Garcia-Menocal points out that their company is called Coconut Grove. “We were born here in Miami and grew up going to The Grove. We wanted to build an old project and have an 80-year lease, so we’re committed,” says the hospitality executive. “This is something very unique and not just another restaurant.”
Bayshore Club. 3385 Pan American Dr., Miami; bayshoreclubmiami.com. Opening in winter 2021.