Restaurant sales jump 8% as Mary Brickell Village matures
By Meena Rupani
Restaurants are performing well in Mary Brickell Village, according to Fernando Perez, the shopping area's general manager.
From the fourth quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2010, "restaurant sales have increased 8%," Mr. Perez said.
"Due to the opening of the L.A. Fitness Signature Club, total sales have increased significantly and brought a great deal of traffic through the village."
L.A. Fitness Signature Club opened in June, offering 36,000-plus square feet of health club facilities and expecting to reach about 1,500 daily workouts very soon, according to the corporation.
Specific sales aren't disclosed, but Mr. Perez says "restaurants that recently opened are happy with the reception they have received."
"What I can tell you is that the Publix just completed their first year in the village and they have surpassed their projections. The Burger and Beer Joint has seen a great deal of traffic in their first month."
Burger & Beer Joint opened in July with three venues in one: gourmet burger spot, sports bar and lounge.
"We are very excited to have them as part of our wonderful restaurant mix," Mr. Perez said.
New restaurants opening in the upcoming months, he said, include the Fado Irish Pub and Cavas Wine Bar at the end of the year.
Cavas is to have a tasting room and offer a wide selection to the customers.
This month, the RazzleDazzle Barber Shop will open in the village and both Amore Gelato and a health supplement store are to open in the next year facing Ninth Street, according to Mr. Perez.
"The economy is recovering and I see more and more foot traffic in the village. However, the village is relatively new so I don't have comparable sales just yet," he said. "I definitely know the restaurants are doing better than the retailers. We hope with the new restaurants opening, the stores will gain more traffic in the coming months."