Here's how the press release describes the Le Provencal opening. "Le Provencal, a Coral Gables dining institution for over 30 years, has relocated to 266 Miracle Mile, three doors east of Actors Playhouse Theater. Featuring a quaint unpretentious atmosphere and classic French cuisine, the restaurant has developed a reputation for being able to magically transport diners to an evening in the South of France where their senses are awakened by the typical tastes and aromas of the Provence region. Its newly-designed location will feature an interactive open kitchen, an intimate bar with seating area for cocktails and appetizers, and improved banquet and meeting facilities for private parties and business meetings."
It appears New Times has nary a word to say about the place, but here are some other thoughts from around the internets about the previous location, all positive. Chowhound reviews, Gayot review, Metromix review, Blackbook Mag review. It should be noted that Le Provencal hasn't bothered to update their website yet for the new address.
In other news, Jason says "On Giralda, a group from Venezuela is doing an expansion and remodeling in the former La Gastronomia space (123 Giralda Avenue). Their restaurant in Venezuela was called Spizzigo and seated roughly 1,500 people (!). They have a current location with the same name in Doral as well. Their plan for Giralda will be a bit more upscale but still well priced Italian cuisine. I am not sure what the name there will be."
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