The paper has come off of the windows of the Coconut Grove outpost of Harry’s Pizzeria, revealing what looks like a restaurant that’s close to opening.
The wood-burning pizza oven is there tucked into a corner, the floors are down, the kitchen is in, and the pizza palace’s signature ingredient wall has been installed. Some key things are missing – tables and chairs for starters – but the reveal indicates that Grovites will soon have another local eatery.
Michael Schwartz’s second installment of Harry’s Pizzeria — the big name, low budget hit on North Miami Avenue — is located at 2996 McFarlane Rd. It doesn’t have an official opening date yet, but hiring will soon commence and the team is meeting with sign makers for the façade.
“Those are good signs, but there are all sorts of stuff that has to come together and be on time for a new restaurant,” said brand manager Jackie Sayet.
The Coconut Grove space is slightly bigger that the Design District one, but the layout was kept largely the same, with a slightly bigger kitchen and space optimized for service.
“It’s going to be a Harry’s, but like all of Michael’s restaurants, we respond to what’s around us,” Sayet said. Diners can expect a menu that is essentially the same, with perhaps a few different beers and specials in addition to the restaurant’s signature dishes like chicken wings agrodolce, polenta fries with spicy ketchup and rock shrimp pizzas.
“[We’re] building a neighborhood restaurant, a place where people want to gather and hang out,” Sayet said. “We’re way more than a pizzeria.”
One key difference between the two Harry’s locations: parking. But Harry’s has a plan to handle that Coconut Grove obstacle. The restaurant will offer the same valet service patrons can take advantage of at the Design District location, and there is a pay-to-park lot behind the new space.
“A lot of people that live there, which will comprise a pretty big portion of our customer base, can walk and bike as well,” Sayet said. Coconut Grove in in the midst of a huge residential and retail buildout with projects like the Grove at Grand Bay and Park Grove going up along Bayshore Drive. Harry’s is neighbors in the Arquitectonica-renovated Engle Building with another transplant from up north– Panther Coffee, which opened in a space around the corner earlier this year.
Like the Design District space, the Coconut Grove Harry’s will offer takeout. But for pizza fans who can’t wait, Harry’s will be rolling out its new mobile oven on Sept. 20 at the Broken Shaker, slinging a few of the pizzeria's signature pies and wings. The mobile oven is part of the restaurant’s catering side, and can service everything from a wedding or party to the Miami Beach bar scene.
“We’re focused. We’re opening Harry’s,” Sayet said. “But we have plans for the brand for the future.”