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Executive Chef Jeremy Thayer said the Grove's kitchen was built with wonderful "attention to detail."

Sneak peek performance at the Grove in Lakewood Ranch

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Executive Chef Jeremy Thayer said the Grove's kitchen was built with wonderful "attention to detail."

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The food kept coming for more than two hours at the Grove.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

The food kept coming for more than two hours at the Grove.

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Bartender Jasmine Haas will be delivering drinks at the bar.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Bartender Jasmine Haas will be delivering drinks at the bar.

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The Grove will feature plenty of outside seating for both dining and drinks.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

The Grove will feature plenty of outside seating for both dining and drinks.

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Waitress Sabrina Perry brings out seared ahi tuna nachos.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Waitress Sabrina Perry brings out seared ahi tuna nachos.

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Lisa Kirkland, the director of marketing at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, visits with Heather Kasten, the CEO of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Lisa Kirkland, the director of marketing at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, visits with Heather Kasten, the CEO of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.

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The Grove will have plenty of options for wine lovers.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

The Grove will have plenty of options for wine lovers.

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Craig Misja of Sarasota's Breakthru Beverage shows off a wine that will be available at the Grove.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Craig Misja of Sarasota's Breakthru Beverage shows off a wine that will be available at the Grove.

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An assembly line of chefs was going full bore during the sneak preview.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

An assembly line of chefs was going full bore during the sneak preview.

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The new interior includes wood from a white cedar that was brought down at Holmes Beach due to Hurricane Irma. It forms the "Grove" inside the restaurant.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

The new interior includes wood from a white cedar that was brought down at Holmes Beach due to Hurricane Irma. It forms the "Grove" inside the restaurant.

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The fish tacos were off the hook.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

The fish tacos were off the hook.

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Waitress Tiffany Dittus brings the crowd artichoke and Boursin cheese flatbread.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Waitress Tiffany Dittus brings the crowd artichoke and Boursin cheese flatbread.

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Crème brûlée was a hit of the evening.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Crème brûlée was a hit of the evening.

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Those who choose to sit outside can choose an area of seating around the flames.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Those who choose to sit outside can choose an area of seating around the flames.

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Lou and Lynn Merucci of the Inlets and Rich Pierro of the Inlets say they will be regular patrons of the Grove.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Lou and Lynn Merucci of the Inlets and Rich Pierro of the Inlets say they will be regular patrons of the Grove.

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Waitress Irene Nabatou lets the guests taste the steak and eggs flatbread.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Waitress Irene Nabatou lets the guests taste the steak and eggs flatbread.

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Craig and Cynthia Belfatto, Grove General Manager Greg Campbell and his wife, Colleen, and Joe O'Rourke talk about the opening of Lakewood Ranch's newest restaurant.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Craig and Cynthia Belfatto, Grove General Manager Greg Campbell and his wife, Colleen, and Joe O'Rourke talk about the opening of Lakewood Ranch's newest restaurant.

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Alexis Bradford brings out a platter of lamb lollipop.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Alexis Bradford brings out a platter of lamb lollipop.

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The restaurant and bar opens up to Lakewood Main Street.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

The restaurant and bar opens up to Lakewood Main Street.

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Waiter Roberto Delgado delivers scallops on potato pancakes.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Waiter Roberto Delgado delivers scallops on potato pancakes.

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Jonathan Cortez of CE in the Hole Entertainment performs for the crowd.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Jonathan Cortez of CE in the Hole Entertainment performs for the crowd.

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Commssioner Vanessa Baugh and her husband, Don, enjoyed the sneak preview of the Grove.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 |

Commssioner Vanessa Baugh and her husband, Don, enjoyed the sneak preview of the Grove.

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