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Changes at Cefalo's in the Grove


     OK, let’s get this straight.  The sign on the door at Cefalo’s in the Grove that says “Under new management” applies only to half of the establishment. 
     Let’s take it from the start. In early 2007, former Miami Dolphin Jimmy Cefalo made big news when he reopened the old Taurus Lounge, a longtime Grove icon, at 3540 Main Highway, as Cefalo’s in the Grove.
    From the beginning, there were two separate businesses. Jimmy and some partners owned the old Taurus building, and turned it into a wine bar, wine shop with fancy enomatic machines dispensing wines by the glass, plus an actual wine cave dug 18 feet into the ground for parties.
     In the ground floor of the new condo building behind the old Taurus was a separate business, Marcanio’s Italian Deli and Caffee. The caffee extended into the open courtyard between the two buildings.
     Last August, businessman Sam Chiarella bought out Marcanio’s and, to avoid confusion, ran it under the Cefalo name (so much for avoiding confusion). Well, the restaurant got some negative reviews.
     So Chiarella closed it and, as of last Friday, reopened it as Sammy C’s Restaurant & Lounge. With a wood-burning oven and a new menu. The old deli is now a 24-stool bar with additional high-top tables, lounge area and eight plasma TVs. The restaurant seats 100, and there are tables outside for 50 more.
     “It’s an Italian-American menu – pizza, pasta, fresh seafood, steaks, salads,” says Chiarella. Call him at 305-441-9737.
     Next door, Jimmy Cefalo is still there. Call him at 305-971-2400.
     “We’re business as usual,” he says. “We have some big wine tastings coming up.”


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Nigel @ tescowinesonline

good luck with the wine tasting

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