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Coconut Grove’s Sandbar Sports Grill to Reopen After Fire That Allergic to Yearlong Closure

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The Sandbar Sports Grill, a Coconut Grove establishment, will be set to reopen this Friday following a yearlong closure.The restaurant and sports bar had closed following the government shutdown of dining rooms at March 2020 and was prepared to pivot to some takeout-only concept when a fire at the kitchen scotched that the plan.Two days into takeout-only company, proprietor Mike Perrin got a telephone from his general manager stating Sandbar was on fire. “Our kitchen was incinerated and there was smoke damage throughout the restaurant,” Perrin informs New Times.Fortunately, the fire began after hours, when nobody was at the building on Grand Avenue at the Grove’s downtown area. The fire burned so hot it melted the PVC water pipes, which extinguished the blaze, saving the century-old structure.Still, when he arrived and saw the harm, Perrin was devastated. “My heart just sank to the ground, but it would have been a whole lot worse if the pipes hadn’t melted. Our building is one of the earliest in South Florida,” says Perrin, who estimates that the building was constructed someplace between 1909 and 1913. Perrin resolved to rebuild. The challenge was to update the Sandbar’s features without sacrificing its own nautical charm.The result is a brighter Sandbar with many of the iconic fittings receiving a freshening up — such as the giant shark along with lifeguard chair. Blue-and-white walls with reclaimed-wood accents give a Key West vibe, whereas giant movie walls allow patrons to grab their preferred games in style. Perrin himself upgraded the bar, that will feature a sea scene with sandbars in epoxy — along with smartphone-charging channels. Added outdoor seating will allow patrons to enjoy the sunshine or play bocce on recently placed artificial turf. “We needed people to sit outside and have fun. Outdoor seating is vital today,” Perrin notes.Perrin needed to maintain the menu exactly the exact same but could not resist several newtweaks, such as a fries basket having a excursion of dipping sauces. “Among my favorites is cooking, therefore we’re likely to change just a few items,” he says.The bar will pour 40 beers on draft plus a tap for prosecco, along with tough seltzers. Cocktail favorites like the”Category 5″ shots and”Sandbar-ritas” will return, along with bottomless mimosas on Sundays.Perrin has slated his grand Grand Avenue reopening for this particular Friday, April 9. “We could start for lunch but may surely be open for happy hour,” he claims. For now, the Sandbar will start every day at lunchtime and shut around midnight regardless of the recent lifting of Miami-Dade County’s curfew.Perrin says he’s also holding off on the bar’s 20th-anniversary party, which had been on the calendar this past year before COVID along with the fire interceded.He’s just pleased to return. “I really feel like we just wish to start being normal, for today. 3064 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; 305-444-5270; sandbargrove.com. Open 11 a.m. to midnight every day.

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