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Channel 7 WSVN story on Ouzo's Miami Beach

jmdhsmiami May 28, 2008 07:40 PM

Without getting to all the details, it was a "Help me Howard" story about how FPL started upgrades to powerlines right out front of their location. The entire intersection is closed and with the construction their outside seating is all but eliminated and their business has dropped off 75% (per the owners in the story) With $30,000 a month in rent, they are struggling! Landlord trimmed $3,000 but still owe 23!

Knowing how slow construction is in Miami, who knows how long this will effect them.

They are a great greek restaurant and I hope you all will visit them for the first time or again. I will be there tomorrow night for sure!

The video is not posted yet, but check www.wsvn.com later tonight or tomorrow for the video. If someone doesn't do it before me, I will post it as it becomes available.

This reminds me of Lincoln Road when entire sidewalks were tore up and some small businesses had to fold because they couldn't survive. Granted it is upgrading the area, such as what was done for Lincoln Road, but you wish there was a better way to go about it logistically.

Ouzo's Greek Taverna & Bar
1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach - (305) 604-0008

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  1. Frodnesor RE: jmdhsmiami May 28, 2008 08:48 PM

    Sounds like they may be regretting their decision to move from Normandy Circle (seeing as how that's my 'hood, I regretted their move).

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    1. re: Frodnesor
      jmdhsmiami RE: Frodnesor May 29, 2008 04:55 AM

      have you been to the new Greek place that opened in their old location? Any good and do you think they opened there for hopes of a "by association" mentality of people thinking its the same place if you weren't in the "know" and thought they were temporarily closed?

      By the way, here is the link to the transcript on their website:


      1. re: jmdhsmiami
        Frodnesor RE: jmdhsmiami May 29, 2008 06:03 AM

        Called Ariston, and yes I've been ->

        I think there is some association between the two, some of the Ouzo's folks were working there and many recipe items were the same (and tasted the same).

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      tpigeon RE: jmdhsmiami May 29, 2008 10:38 AM

      Yes it is unfortunate, but frankly, I think they have gone downhill since they opened.

      They should never have taken such a huge space from a business perspective.

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      1. re: tpigeon
        Miami Danny RE: tpigeon May 29, 2008 10:44 AM

        Although you may turn out to be correct, I think it's a little early to make that sort of absolute pronouncement. Additionally, I have not had any 'downhill' experience.

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          jmdhsmiami RE: Miami Danny May 29, 2008 11:20 AM

          It was a ballsy move, but I think they were at a point where they could have used an expansion. The food is good and I have yet to have a "downhill" experience

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            advisor_Girl RE: Miami Danny May 29, 2008 03:03 PM


            Jean-Claude Killy downhill. Really-Killy Quickly.

            FPL is doing them a favor. Even Help Me Howard can't stop the descent....

            On the upside, Ouzo's could sue FPL and buy back into Ariston with the settlement... saving major Greek face.


            1. re: advisor_Girl
              Miami Danny RE: advisor_Girl May 29, 2008 03:22 PM

              AG-The whole thing sounds vaguely Homeric. Perhaps you have given them an idea.

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