Groot Hospitality, headed up by Miami restaurateur David Grutman, is partnering for the first time with Tao Group Hospitality to bring Italian restaurant concept Casadonna to the historic Women’s Club building, located at 1737 N Bayshore Drive in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood.
“This is an entirely clean sheet concept for Groot Hospitality from every angle,” says Grutman in recent coverage published by Eater Miami. “With Tao Group, this is a true hospitality meets hospitality partnership. We see Casadonna as a new classic on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, delivering best-in-class coastal Italian cuisine from an important landmark within the city. It’s full of heritage and history, yet, with what we’ve done, it feels totally new at the same time.”
The restaurant will offer “Riviera Italian cuisine with traditional dishes from Naples, Taormina, Bari, Positano, and Gaeta served up in a contemporary way,” reads the Eater coverage. It will open in a space designed by Ken Fulk, featuring “paned and vaulted glass windows, original gates, elaborate chandeliers, bold floor patterning, and a covered high-ceilinged atrium offering a nod to the site’s legacy,” with seating for a total of 366, including indoor and outdoor dining areas.
The Miami Women’s Club is situated next to the Grand Retail Plaza, a business center home to eateries like Midori Fresh, Le Faubourg Deli, Tanka, and Casablanca on the Bay. The women’s club building is also home to Klaw Restaurant. Casadonna is working toward an opening at the historic site this summer.