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Jake's Coral Gables

mageeee Feb 2, 2009 05:53 AM

I drove by Jake's yesterday and saw it was closed. There was a sign for a gastropub or something like that. Does anyone have any information on this? I liked Jake's.

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  1. Blind Mind RE: mageeee Feb 2, 2009 06:31 AM

    Are you talking about the one on Red Rd in South Miami?

    1. Icantread RE: mageeee Feb 2, 2009 07:14 AM

      I was in whole foods yesterday but did not notice. Jake's is an institution and I would be upset to see them go, but perhaps they could not afford new rents. My guess is the landlord will regret that decision (if such a decision was made)

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        mageeee RE: mageeee Feb 2, 2009 07:39 AM

        Yeah, the one on Red Road. I was shocked also. My wife and I always knew we could get a good meal there in a good atmosphere, and I loved Sunday BBQ.

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          SarahChef RE: mageeee Feb 2, 2009 10:54 AM

          My office is right down the street, so once I read the post I did a walk by. They are not out of business, they are remodeling and then reopening as the Gastropub@jakes. When you look in the restaurant, it is shocking, all the beautiful dark wood is gone, the floors have been sanded and bleached and everything is painted white.

          My husband and I loved going to Jake's, what I am wondering is why they would make a change, the place always seemed to have steady business.

          South Miami is already a dining wasteland, and to lose Jakes is a shame

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            Sativa RE: mageeee Feb 3, 2009 12:25 PM

            Some of the investors have bailed out and the ones that remain decided to turn it into a gastropub. It's going to be closed for a couple of days, then it will re-open.

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              jessicam29 RE: Sativa Feb 4, 2009 03:14 AM

              I drove by yesterday and there was a big sign outside saying "3 more days for Gastropub". I hope its good!

            2. Icantread RE: mageeee Feb 4, 2009 03:26 AM

              Done correctly, gastropubs can be highly successful (ravenous pig in Orlando is the only one I recall of note nearby). I think this would be the first in the Miami, or even South Florida area, so I am eager to see what they do.

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                Frodnesor RE: Icantread Feb 4, 2009 05:18 AM

                The short-lived (and now closed) Smoking Rabbit on South Beach claimed to be a gastropub; though I never went, the menus I saw didn't really convince me.

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                  lax2mia RE: Icantread Feb 4, 2009 05:35 AM

                  Just figures Miami would get a gastropub 5-7 years after the rest of the country. If you look at Jake's though, it was pretty close to being one already. Upscale bar and comfort food. Just needed a better beer selection. Don't know why they had to change it up.

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                    Icantread RE: lax2mia Feb 4, 2009 07:48 AM

                    I was a fan of the dark wood floors and do not know why they would need to rip that up unless there were issues beneath it.

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                  jessicam29 RE: mageeee Feb 16, 2009 06:14 PM

                  Has anyone tried the new Jake's reincarnation Gastropub?

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                    Blind Mind RE: jessicam29 Feb 17, 2009 07:19 AM

                    Yes, I went there a few weekends ago. I wasnt starving so I opted for the fried oysters w/ pickled okra and the spinach salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, and sliced apples.

                    The oysters were very good, especially with the tartar sauce served on the side. The pickled okra also complimented the dish quite nicely and Im not usually a huge fan of pickled stuff. The only buzzkill was that the juice from the okra got all over the plate and made the crispy fried oysters a little soggy if you didnt get to them quickly.

                    The salad was disappointing but it was due to a simple mistake. Im guessing that they got a few orders at the same time and made multiple salads out of 1 main bowl. Why do I think this? Well, the main reason I got the salad was for the walnuts and apples. However, the salad contained 2 meager slices of apple and 1 little walnut. Plenty of spinach though and the lemon dressing was pretty good. I mentioned the lack of substance to the barkeep who bought me a bourbon and we called it an even exchange.

                    Bartenders were really friendly and attentive without being annoying. The space is much brighter now, with the dark curtains having been removed from the windows that border the restaurant. It was fairly busy until they shut down at midnight. Id probably go back as I liked the bar scene and some of the other dishes that other diners had looked pretty good.

                    1. re: Blind Mind
                      Frodnesor RE: Blind Mind Feb 17, 2009 08:10 AM

                      I would almost always trade a salad for a bourbon.

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                    mjmurph RE: mageeee Feb 28, 2009 01:46 PM

                    Does anyone know what the new menu looks like? Price range?

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                      lax2mia RE: mjmurph Feb 28, 2009 06:58 PM

                      Went last night and was extremely disappointed. Jake's is dubbing itself a gastropub but it's not. Beer selection is meek, especially drafts. It's the usual suspects. Bottles now include Chimay (whoop dee doo).

                      The menu starts with boards based on a particular region (e.g. the Tapas board had chorizo, manchego, marcona almonds, olives, cod fritters and membrillo). After this the menu gets strange. There's a section for snack type things, another for appetizers and another for main courses. Nothing seemed to work well together and there was no real progression. You really had no idea what the portion size of any dish was so you didn't know if it was something for one person or something to share without asking.

                      We finally fixed on what we wanted. I ordered heirloom tomato gazpacho and Jakes "award-winning" sliders as a main (even though this wasn't in the entrees section). Others ordered beef barley soup and burgers. My gazpacho was awful. It was basically blended vegetables. For me gazpacho should at least have peeled and seeded tomatoes and should be smooth. This was lazy ass, throw everything in a blender and leave it chunky gazpacho. It wasn't even seasoned. I had to add salt and the "romesco" sauce from our Tapas board to give it any flavor. The beef barley soup had little depth of flavor and just seemed a watery mess with two meager marrow bones in the middle.

                      The sliders shouldn't have won any awards. The fried oysters had so much cornmeal coating they just sat heavy in your stomach. The burgers were nothing special. This place was such a disappointment.

                      Prices for boards are $15, snack/apps run around the same (mostly less), and entrees around $20.

                      Jake's should not call itself a gastropub. The pub part is very meager (as noted not only from the weak beer selection, but also the electronic music playing in the background all night). The gastro part is even worse. Can't say that I've been to many gastropubs, but all the ones I've been to seem to have the same feel and more upscale menus and moderate prices. This place just felt like a bad version of the old Jake's.

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                        markpy RE: lax2mia Mar 3, 2009 01:56 PM

                        I agree with lax. The old Jake's was better. I ordered one of the boards (not memorable-I don't recall the name) which had a couple of cheeses-nothing special. The hamburger was not bad, but no better than Friday's. They removed chicken sandwich from the menu. The decor was warmer prior to the renovation. I used to go to the old Jake's once a week; I don't think I'll return anytime soon. It's a shame since I live in the neighborhood.

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                          Blind Mind RE: markpy Mar 3, 2009 04:15 PM

                          I like the new decor better but after a 2nd visit I have to say the food blows. For the 2nd time I ordered the spinach salad w/ apple and candied walnuts only to get 2 of both the walnut and apple. This time I didnt say anything about it. Just wont go back. The 1/2 price wine on Wednesday is a pretty decent deal but I dont know what Id eat with it at this point.

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                      SarahChef RE: mageeee Mar 4, 2009 04:38 PM

                      I miss the dark wood and old world feel. It reminded me of the restaurants my folks used to take us to on special occasions. My office is right down the street and I walked passed today at 12:3) and the doors were wide open yet not one table was full. I LOVED the bar at Jake's but always thought the food was spotty sometimes it was great and sometimes it was passable.

                      I have yet to eat there and after reading everything I am not sure I will. If the Jakes concept was working...my question is WHY CHANGE?

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