Resident of Coral Gables for over 44 years who lives feet away from Burger Bob’s
I have lived half a block from Burger Bob’s on Granada Blvd for the past 44 years, and I just became aware of what is going on in the City with regards to a restaurant proposed by the Barreto Hospitality Group for that location.
I am totally opposed to having a restaurant of the size proposed at that location, half a block from my house. I am appalled at the manner in which the City is treating Bob and Rita but we have to accept that Burger Bob’s has seen its day in its present form, it has to be updated and upgraded, but we do not need a 135 seat restaurant in the middle of one of the nicest residential areas in Coral Gables. Even if the beloved Bob Maguire and Rita Tennyson had the means and proposed a major restaurant in that location, the City should not even consider it. Why is the City even considering the unsolicited proposal for a major restaurant at that location? Is this the work of the newly elected Commission that was so adamantly against uncontrolled development before the elections? If they really are, they should be against a major restaurant on Granada Blvd. What is next, Country Club Prado, Ferdinand Park?
Last year when the pandemic shutdown went into effect, people from all over the County flocked to the Granada golf course in the afternoons to walk, run, bicycle, etc. Cars were parked on the golf course along South Greenway from Granada almost all the way to Coral Way. The City had to assign police cars to the area at that time to try to control traffic and avoid accidents. Imagine, the proposed major restaurant will bring at least another 100 cars to the area on Friday and Saturday evenings, and when it coincides with a wedding reception or another major event going on at the same time in the Country Club, there could be as many as 200+ cars looking for a place to park. Imagine the noise that will result from 104 people having dinner and drinking outside. Imagine loud groups leaving at closing time looking for their cars after having had wine/drinks.
Imagine garbage trucks having to pick up the trash more regularly and the typical smell from trash bins behind the restaurant. And we do not have to imagine, we know for certain, that a major restaurant at that location will have a negative impact on the value of our properties on North and South Greenway at least.
The City should only consider a proposal to upgrade/update Burger Bob’s location, add outside seating, and operate a café/small restaurant. It should be along the lines of some businesses operating successfully in the City such as Chocolate Fashion, Threefold Café, Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar and others.
There are plenty of prime vacant spaces on Miracle Mile but I am sure that the Barreto Group prefers to have the City as a landlord and negotiate a much better deal than what they will get from a property owner downtown !!!!
Granada Blvd is not the location for a major restaurant!!!!!