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New menu, new look, new books - Coconut Grove book store is getting a facelift (like everybody else in Miami)

A large and lively crowd checked out the store at an open house recently. There was food, wine and lots of oohs and ahhs - and this is only the beginning.
A large and lively crowd checked out the store at an open house recently. There was food, wine and lots of oohs and ahhs - and this is only the beginning.

The future looked grim for The Bookstore in the Grove when owner Felice Dubin announced she was retiring. Then, at the final hour, a savior (or rather real estate developer LointerHome, founded by Amanda De Seta) stepped up and bought the shop at 3390 Mary St. Now, it’s getting an upgrade that could turn the place into a community hot spot.

Here are some of the changes coming this fall. The store will remain open during renovation, which will continue through the fall.

The look: Less clutter and more light. Wooden floors, a new bar, new ceilings. The store will retain some of its old furniture, but the look will be more modern and streamlined.

The menu: Chef Adriana Egozcue (formerly of Eating House and Glass & Vine) says she wants to stress the sorts of food she likes to eat. That includes a swoonworthy local burrata salad with pickled nectarine panzanella, bitter greens, mint and olive oil, tomato ‘lox’ toast with whipped goat cheese, capers and shallots, and her favorite, toasted coconut granola, vanilla yogurt, passion fruit, mango and lime. 

Tomato ‘lox’ toast
Tomato toast! Don't worry, millennials, there's avocado toast with green mango and pickeled red onion, too.

The market: Say you try some jam on one of Egozcue’s creations and wanted to take a jar home. Wish granted. De Seta plans to open a market where patrons can pick up individual items, dinner to go or perhaps a just a baguette and fancy olive oil. Sometimes that’s all you need.

The drinks: Expect more coffee choices, and beer and wine should be on the menu soon.

The children’s section: Storytelling time lives on in a revamped kids’ area, with new toys, games and books.

The books: Don’t worry, we didn’t forget them. The plan is to create a more closely curated selection of titles. Which is of course what this is all about.

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