Francesco Balli


Francesco co-founded Grove Bay Hospitality Group in 2010, with the goal of becoming an industry leader in innovative and profitable restaurant concepts. Since inception, the group has successfully launched an array of concepts, ranging from fast-casual eateries to celebrity chef driven restaurants. Balli was instrumental in securing a 50-year lease with the City of Miami for three restaurants, a 300 boat marina, and 60,000 sq. ft. of retail space on a 7-acre waterfront property in Coconut Grove, previously known as the Charthouse and Scotty's Landing property. Francesco was recognized by Ernst & Young, as a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Florida Awards program, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellent and extraordinary success in areas such as financial performance, innovation and commitment to their businesses and communities.