Grove was a vision of Hugh Miller, owner of Pier 22, and Greg Campbell, executive chef and director of operations for Pier 22. Austin, manager of the restaurant, is here with me today to talk about what this one-of-a-kind establishment has to offer.
As a restaurant, Grove is very unique in its size, which was something Austin had been looking for over the past few years of searching for the perfect expansion opportunity for a growing company. Their other restaurant has 27,000 square feet, so one could imagine that having another property close to 30,000 square feet would be quite the undertaking.
They wanted Grove’s patrons to have a unique experience compared to a lot of restaurants. As a local business, they absorb feedback and adapt as necessary. As a neighborhood hotspot, they have a huge menu with an array of options that are sure to make everyone happy.
Grove serves regional American cuisine, with strong influences from the Northeast. You’ll find options ranging from their traditional New England clam chowder to more southern-style Louisiana dishes, like the Bayou Sauvage flatbread, which was named after the state’s famous park.
They also have many à la carte options, allowing you to pair your meals together. They do have several composed entrees, but they pride themselves on their big flatbread and appetizer sections of the menu. Grove is a great place to come for either a full meal or to grab a quick bite for an after-work happy hour.
In terms of the restaurant’s design, they paid attention to detail in every aspect. They completely gutted the restaurant side, even the concrete floors, and added new plumbing. They had a custom-designed wine cabinet installed that can hold over 680 bottles. Their one-of-a-kind, craft-style bar was made by bartenders for bartenders.
Throughout Grove, you’ll see lots of natural, wood elements. When there was a tree downed on Holmes Beach during Hurricane Irma, they rescued it and used it to make art installations around the restaurant so that they’d never forget what happened.
Grove does happy hour every day of the week from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. While the food selection for happy hour is quite expansive, the drink offerings are incredible, from $5 shots of Tito’s and Bacardi, to $8 craft cocktails and other creative options.
Further still, happy hour at Grove is restaurant-wide; you don’t have to be at the bar to take advantage. On Fridays and Saturdays starting at 9 p.m., they do a reverse happy hour, which consists of the same drink menu and a few alterations to the food menus. On Sundays, they offer a bottomless brunch, featuring bottomless sangrias, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s, or you can upgrade to bottomless Veuve.
Grove is a really great spot, and I highly recommend everyone to check it out. You can visit their website for more details.
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