Mary Brickell Village Picture Tour

June 11, 2009 by Lucas Lechuga

This post is long overdue. It amazes me how many local and non-local people are still unfamiliar with Mary Brickell Village. The first restaurants at Mary Brickell Village opened towards the beginning of 2007. Since that time, fabulous restaurants, cafes and shops have opened such as: The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Rosa Mexicano, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Starbucks, Grimpa Steakhouse, Balans Restaurant, Blue Martini, Abokado Sushi, Blu Pizza e Cucina and many more. The long awaited 31,000 square foot Publix at Mary Brickell Village opened last weekend. ( I’ll have a picture tour of it published within the next couple of days.) L.A. Fitness is also scheduled to open later this year.

Mary Brickell Village

I think people from New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles will find the parking rates at Mary Brickell Village comical:

Mary Brickell Village parking rates


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Anonymous
condoswindler
7 years 3 months ago
great post as will add my two cents as one of the original and I mean original off brickell developers…what anyone emeber that Emerson Fitipaldi owned the majority of land in MBV-did you know that Mr. Perricone is was a landmark as the history of Perricone’s is the study of downtown and no knows better than the swindler as I have been involved and been arond since before time-when chickens and roosters announced the day on Brickell so whom better to give two-5 cents than the swindler..ask your questions as is DA BEST RE in S Miami. and let me… Read more »
Anonymous
7 years 3 months ago

Looks like a ghost town… when were the pics taken?

Anonymous
M3
7 years 3 months ago

Wow a publix! Thank god I have my dodge stratus and I can go to walmart and pay 25% less.

Anonymous
Drew
7 years 3 months ago

If PF Chang’s and Starbucks are considered fabulous then we have a serious problem in the Brickell dining scene.

Anonymous
Kramer
7 years 3 months ago

I think with the right store mix you have a winner here. Remember they could have built condos here.

Anonymous
Renter Tom
7 years 3 months ago

When I saw the pictures I thought the same thing….where are the people….the people darn it! What happened?!?!?! LOL Seriously, not a lot of foot traffic, but looks decent.

Anonymous
Angel
7 years 3 months ago

It appears the pictures were taken in the later part of the day or early morning when everyone is at work. Its not South Beach guys. Everyone in Brickell is at work in their offices during these hours. Take the same pics at 5:30 pm on a Friday during happy hour and it will look much more lively.

Anonymous
Kramer
7 years 3 months ago

Maybe Condo Swindler knows. I met a French gentleman named Alain i believe a few yrs back whose company was originally involved with this. They were also involved at one time with CocoWalk. I believe they sold the right s to this property MBV. I think the name was Constructa?

Anonymous
Odd & Sods
7 years 3 months ago

Did anyone notice the conspicuous absence of people frequenting these doomed businesses. What lunatic would open a business in a crime invested, devoid of people day or night except criminals in downtown Miami.

Welcome to the forth wave of foreclosures, commercial real estate.

Anonymous
Where's the publix?
7 years 3 months ago

seeing that publix made me ‘gasm all over the keyboard!

Anonymous
Angel
7 years 3 months ago

Brickell is crime infested????

Anonymous
Daniel
7 years 3 months ago

Wasnt that publix going to be a greenwise “organic” publix????????????

if not, it is the same as the other just 3 blocks……..

they should have oppened a WHOLE FOODS MARKET !!!!

good luck brickell (little mahattan) guys!

Anonymous
7 years 3 months ago
Haha, way to much hate around here, and each of you has contradicted each other. First, if anybody has actually gone out there at night, the restaurant life is doing quite well considering the economic times, in fact there is even a wait to eat at that place Drew considers not so FABULOUS…ugh hum…Brickell and downtown have a bunch of $$$$ restaurants and steakhouses, for most people who don’t want to pay $100 per person for a meal you need some good quality reasonably priced restaurants like P.F. Chang’s. Secondly, to the crime, if there was a high rate of… Read more »
Anonymous
elvis in miami
7 years 3 months ago

the other publix 3 blocks away is over crowded. This publix is closer (and a safer walk) to the metro mover. All you 900 fans can shop without driving now!

Agreed that we need another grocery option besides Publix downtown. Whole Foods bailed out of the Met project last december…that is too bad as driving 10 miles down to Coral Gables is not the most enjoyable.

Anonymous
Dave
7 years 3 months ago

Odds and Sods didn’t say crime “infested” he said crime “invested”. Maybe he was refering to mortgage fraud? Its about the only crime you are going to see in Brickell.

Anonymous
Mary Brickell Village Resident
7 years 3 months ago
I don’t know how many of the posters here actually live in the Mary Brickell Village area but as a resident I thought I’d share my views. With a few exceptions most MB village retail and restaurants are buzzing every evening of the week (except perhaps Mondays) from happy hour (great specials) onwards. A 30-45 minute wait for a table at Rosa Mexicano, PF Changs or Balans is very common. While some retail (2nd floor mostly) is yet to be occupied, there is already a good mix combined with dentist, dry cleaner and now Publix. Remember Segafredo, Novecento, Badrutts and… Read more »
Anonymous
condoswindler
7 years 3 months ago
The pictures dont due the area justice as yes the afternoons are quiet there except for lunchtime when everyone comes out of their offices. At night the area is quite vibrant as yes most of the restaurantd due fill up and even have waits..The empty stores as you say are filling up and adding new entities to an already good mix of high end and fare for regular people. La Fitness is weeks away which again will add to the mix not to mention the amount of spandex and botox to look at. Publix is supposed to be a “Green”… Read more »
Anonymous
DJ
7 years 3 months ago

I like MBV a lot. I just don’t like Brickell in general though.

Anonymous
AZ88
7 years 3 months ago
Good post Lucas, Unfort the pics don’t do it justice, and as the comments are being posted and those that have actually BEEN to MBV for lunch or dinner/drinks know that this area is probably one of the hottest if not THE hottest spot to go in Miami right now. MBV has had major problems though; deficient construction (the place seems to always be in a continuous state of repair), astheteics (nowhere near as nice as the revamped and similar Cocowalk), hurricane delays, poor management, multiple ownership changes, along with slow leasing has hurt the center, but the tenants mentioned… Read more »
Anonymous
moretroops
7 years 3 months ago
A few points from someone who lives a stone’s throw away: The Publix. It’s a nice one, combining “green wise” organic offerings with regular publix fare. The selection and, obviously, the facilities are better than any other publixes (sp? publi?) in the area. Recommended. Restaurants. The Oceanaire is the best seafood restaurant in Miami. Rosa Mexicano is fantastic, truly, and the service is good too. Balan’s is great for brunch. Pieola, a nearby pizza place, is cheap and quite good. I can do without some of the other eateries, but at least they’re there. Clothing stores. They’re hurting a bit,… Read more »
Anonymous
Miami2009
7 years 3 months ago

I visited MBV in February and it was certainly not empty. It was actually a nice alternative to SOBE. We had dinner at Oceanaire and later drinks at Blue Martini. There were plenty of people there and the Blue Martini was actually full. Overall MBV was enjoyable and felt very safe and upscale. It had more of a neighborhood feel than SOBE for obvious reasons.

Anonymous
AJ
7 years 3 months ago
Well, when the same guy with different names keeps posting “crime infested” for every place in Miami, you guys know that he has no credibility any longer. Leaving aside such haters, MBV was decently busy on many days and evenings I was there. I was looking to open a lounge there but the rents are ridiculous. I dislike Brickell but I do not mind hangin out at MBV. As the nearest Publix to Pace is now at Biscayne/50th street and it is a disgusting third world mess and I hate going there. So I will take the free Sky bus… Read more »
Anonymous
condoswindler
7 years 3 months ago
Yeah think More like 2011 or 2012 the earliest for that Market-they and or any other market (Hint Hint Whole Foods) should take the Circuit City space as its already built and can be a quick transfrom to Grocery-there is parking and no ground study through derm and all the other permits (Fees to the city) its going to be waiting a long time to get unless that is they bribe someone but that doesnt happen here in this city!!! It would be great for midtown and give you a real market to shop in as I agree the 50st… Read more »
Anonymous
george
7 years 3 months ago
#23 About 4-5 years ago I learned after- the- fact from someone who had been involved in discussions with Publix that the Equity One Reit -which operates many Publix anchored strip centers-had attempted to purchase the Omni and was hoping to bring in Publix as an anchor. Equity One did not get the Omni deal but the group that did still has a perfectly suitable space in the NE corner for a Publix, Whole Foods, Fresh Market etc. Has anyone heard any news re that possibility? The new MBV Publix missed the mark by not having high- end prepared meals… Read more »
Anonymous
Keith
7 years 3 months ago

How about Skyline Mary Brickell Village, is it going to get built? Its the condo that is suppose to be built above Publix.

Anonymous
AJ
7 years 3 months ago

swindler,
look for a lounge/bar on the biscayne between 15 and 36. It is the place 2 b in a couple of years. Makes sense to negotiate and lock in a cheap rent at this time.

george,
The NE corner OMNI had a private house which did not budge or sold out for many years. Finally the house is sold to OMNI developers (Argent). Now they can do something with it. A publix or WFM there would do very well with 5000 flats in walking distance with in that area.

Anonymous
condoswindler
7 years 3 months ago
That area is ok and agreed in a couple of years but again depends on business entity. The daily is making a killing but a few others there are hurting lets see what the Paramount project brings as the developer is basically bankrupt on that as well as many other of his projects-so lets see what goes in there-I know there is a new bagel Place coming soon so lets see how they compare to H & H-AJ you tell me…. As far as Skyline is concerned according to the owner she has sold enough units to begin construction and… Read more »
Anonymous
george
7 years 3 months ago

AJ #26
oops my mistake : the Northwest corner fronting Biscayne was originally allocated to a supermarket not the NE corner
I sent 2 emails to investor relations at Whole Foods last year prior to their withdrawing
from Met project suggesting that since there was no progress at Met they might consider Omni

Of course WF was aware of this alternative location but has had a rough year in the recession-depression as consumers traded down from fancier foods, and with less $ in the till WF has reduced the number of new store openings

Anonymous
Odd & Sods
7 years 3 months ago

Besides the lack of people has anyone noticed the lack of Jaguars, Lexus’s, Mercedes and Porsche’s, where are all the rich people able to afford these over priced Condos.

Judging by what few cars are parked outside these doomed businesses I’d say it’s the $125 crowd and if the little tiny yellow car is anything to go by we are below the $125 crowd for he can’t afford a $1.25 Latte let alone a $125 per square foot luxury high rise Condo with ocean views.

Anonymous
Odd & Sods
7 years 3 months ago

Have we sunk so low that the highlight of the Miami social scene is a grand opening of a Publix! What next a ribbon cutting ceremony of a McDonald’s by Obama or a Champagne bottle smashing launch of a row boat by the chimp who bit that woman’s face off.

O for yester year!

Anonymous
AJ
7 years 3 months ago
The Smart car is priced dumb. $12,000+ for that thing is idiotic. Mercedes Benz should drown and die in a toilet bowl. The ideal price should have been $6000, at which many people would be interested in that car including me. It is shocking that many other larger cars have as much fuel efficiency as the Fart (oops, I meant Smart). Tata Nano priced at $2500 in India is soon (likely 2011 or 2012 introduction) to come up with a Euro and US version with all the trimmings, safety and emission features for $6000. Until the Merc guys drop the… Read more »
Anonymous
jcrimes
7 years 3 months ago

the restaurants at mbv probably do just fine. but there is so much dead space there for the retail component…just like cocowalk (which, without much shock, had the same architect). minimal foot traffic in the retail component means you will have incessant turnover.

Anonymous
Renter Tom
7 years 3 months ago

…like I have said, a third of car dealerships must go and 10% of retail must go….. It is a structural recession, long and painful, not a cyclical recession. Not a depression overall, but not a typical recession by a long shot.

Anonymous
condoswindler
7 years 3 months ago
Ok-so it seems that many of you Downtown MBV naysayers as well as crime infested misguided need yet another dose of reality from the swindler. As you know The swindler, who yes is a downtown Miami resident, also a former developers representative who has built many buildings and as well has 20 years on Brickell needs to open all of your eyes to the bounty of opportunity the downtown Brickell life offers as this weekend, the proof is in the pudding as I would love to share my photos of Happy Hour from MBV as well as the lines of… Read more »
Anonymous
AJ
7 years 3 months ago

swindler, whats your blog? where are the uploaded photos?

Anonymous
BMW M3
7 years 3 months ago

Did you guys hear a new bike shop opened in super cool MBV? WOW! My life is now complete.

Anonymous
southbeachsand
7 years 3 months ago

These pictures look as about as exciting as living in Dadeland or Sawgrass. I would just go ahead and move to Orlando if you like this type of development.

Anonymous
AJ
7 years 3 months ago
I just saw some spectacular inside pics of the flats Paramount Bay (in Bryan and Bills site) and Marquis (in Samir Patels site). I have never seen anything as spectacular. The clawfoot tub in the middle of the bathroom with bayviews of a Paramount’s flat is simply superb. The bath and kitchen fittings and appliances are outstanding to say the least. The 10′ floor to ceiling windows and the views are just unbelievable. I am truly jealous. Guaranteed I will be spending a lot of time in the Edgewater Plaza (the Paramount’s water front mall) when it opens. The two… Read more »
Anonymous
JD
7 years 3 months ago
i live at plaza on brickell. mary brickell village is full of life. you will find one of the best spots in Miami to eat and chill. you would think Sobe is only thing to go out on saturday nights. come to MBV and you will see restaurants are full. and the best thing for me i do not need to drive and can have fun. Brickell is Brickell. Thats why I do not understand when people think that Miami will go under. Yes they overbuilt some buildings in Miami. And those buildings have bad locations. But nobody speaks here… Read more »
Anonymous
7 years 3 months ago

AJ – probably a month for Paramount, probably sooner for Marquis

Anonymous
AJ
7 years 3 months ago

They should rename the Plaza “New Caracas”.
nywayz It’s indeed a very nice building. I saw a one bedroom there facing West and I felt it was very very small. Tiny.

Swindler,
You seem to know the greater downtown area very well. Do you know what is the name of the building which has the New York Bagel opening on the ground floor on the Biscayne blvd. It seems a rather nice building but no one ever talks about i. It is across the ‘Gallery Art’ (the old Mondrian).

Anonymous
Brody
7 years 3 months ago

Mary Brickell Village is amazing! I love it, and it’s so convenient to get to since it’s right next to the Brickell Metro station. It’s not always this dead looking, and it’s PACKED at night, with lots of people walking around. I love Brickell because every week it seems there’s a new restaurant or store opening up there, and the area always has more, and more people walking around. Brickell is the place to live.

Anonymous
AJ
7 years 3 months ago
Samir, thanks for the info. But smack in the middle of the opening of Paramount, they will be digging up the entire North Bayshore Drive. It is being completely redone at a cost of 1.4 million dollars. It will be a construction zone until November 2009. So the access to Paramount will be only from the 20th and 21st st. So those rich people who will be coming to close (from my understanding upto 30% are ready to close as soon as the opening starts) might be slightly inconvenienced or will have limited access to the Pace Park. Not a… Read more »
Anonymous
JD
7 years 3 months ago

the best icecream on Miami is right here ate MBV!
AJ some units are small they have 1 bdr small ones like 600 sf and big ones almost 1000 sf
yes many people from all over the world have a second home in plaza but does not mean thats bad.
i wish i have more wealthy neighbors from argentina and Venezuela

Anonymous
DJ
7 years 3 months ago

AJ, the building with the bagel place opening is called City 24.

Anonymous
Kramer
7 years 3 months ago
You can rave about Brickell all you want but there is still no parks near your condo zip zilch nada except that one next to Icon which is the size of a postage stamp. Same on Brickell Key. You would think your in the middle of Manhattan. It has no soul. Yet if you live in a condo just north across the river you have Bayfront Park then Museum Park then Pace Park. And you dont have to wait for the Brickell Bridge to go up and down. Take the Metro Mover if u want over to MBV and Tobacco… Read more »
Anonymous
Kramer
7 years 3 months ago

AJ

Whatever Happened To Mary?

Anonymous
AJ
7 years 3 months ago

DJ, Thanks. No one talks about City 24 that much. It looks like a very nice building. Anyone knows anything about it?

Kramer, What Mary are you talking about?

Anonymous
AJ
7 years 3 months ago

I just looked up City 24 online and I see that a lot of Realtors are selling and renting that building. It is a very beautiful building, an excellent location and also seems very affordable to rent.
Lucas, how come you are not featuring it in your list of buildings in the Arts District? With 120 units, some with 1000 sf terraces and a pyramid like architecture, it is not a building to ignore.

Anonymous
Kramer
7 years 3 months ago

AJ

The building from the movie that was supposed to be a restaurant at Paramount Bay next door to you

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