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Post #305 • June 23, 2004, 7:23 AM • 12 Comments
Artist Franklin Einspruch has noticed that this branch of the eatery differs in some ways from its clones. “The Johnny Rockets in the Grove plays oldie hits loud enough to hear across the street at CocoWalk. When they opened on Lincoln Road, I was expecting a stereo war between them and Segafredo across the way. Imagine the din: European house music in one ear, ‘Leader of the Pack’ by the Shangri-Las in the other. But there hasn’t been a peep out of them—just the usual retro styling on the waitrons and the burger shtick. I wonder if they’re trying to fit in.”
The current direction of Lincoln Road was most likely set in pink cement during the second renovation, which paved the way smooth for baby joggers and other accoutrements of suburbia. Einspruch, though, doesn’t believe it’s entirely too late. “Lincoln Road is headed towards one of three states: a viable, interesting, pedestrian-driven contribution to the city, like Las Ramblas in Barcelona, a drunken strip like Ybor City, or a cookie-cutter shopping-mall hell like The Shops at Sunset Place. Hopefully South Beach will always be too gay and artsy for frat boys and conformity shoppers to feel comfortable here, but the Johnny Rockets is a step in the direction of Ybor City and a half-step towards Sunset Place.”
The saving grace, he thinks, may come from “the City’s new willingness to allow street performers to operate. Most of the acts are lousy, but the band shell at Euclid is ripe to become a Covent Garden-like permanent street venue once the scene picks up. A reliable supply of weirdness like that would prevent Lincoln Road from becoming boring.”
Also, I have become one of the Metrobloggers. Sayeth the website:
Event listings to general rants, photos to reviews - metblogs are a hyper-local look at what's going on in the city. A group of regional bloggers give each site a new perspective on daily life. Less calendar listing, more friendly advice.
Metroblogging will launch miami.metblogs.com once they get ten bloggers or so (they seemed to launch San Francisco's with eight), so if you're interested in blogging about Miami, you should apply. Tip of the hat to Caryn Coleman.