Tobacco Road Property Sold, Bar to Remain Open at Least Three More Years

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It began as a bakery, a presumable front for a Prohibition-era speakeasy complete with hidden rooms and rumrunners. And after 100 years at 626 S. Miami Avenue, Tobacco Road's still in the booze business.

Sadly, however, the city's oldest bar may be in jeopardy.

Carlos J. Mattos, founder and president of Hyundai Colombia Automotriz, recently purchased the land Tobacco Road sits on for $12.5 million, according to the Daily Business Review, which broke the story, and South Florida Buisness Journal.

Though the bar will remain open for a minimum of three more years at its current location, rumors of redevelopment are already surfacing.

In its article today, South Florida Business Journal reports that:
Mattos' group, Tobacco Road Property Holdings, bought an assemblage along South Miami Avenue, which includes a parking lot to the west. As part of the deal, Tobacco Road and the The River Seafood & Oyster Bar have a lease-back that keeps them there for at least three years.
According to SFBJ's source, Fortune International Realty's Fabio Faerman, Mattos would consider keeping Tobacco Road at its longtime location after the three-year deal expires. But tearing down the entire commercial strip on S. Miami Avenue and offering tenants space in a new building is also an option.

Some folks, however, think that keeping Tobacco Road "as is" would be the best option.

"It's Miami's oldest bar, liquor license #1," says Forward Motion Records' Fernando Perdomo. "The Miami Historical Society will save it. If not, it's just another death blow to Miami live music."

Mark Weisner of Entertainment Miami says, "I think it would be advantageous for anyone who wanted to purchase the property and develop the property to keep Tobacco Road the way it is. It'd be an asset to have the oldest bar, restaurant, and cabaret close to your development."

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tico305
tico305

T.R. Will probly be saved by Dubstep, Tico and Zeeks mission is to transfer the UMF fans to Raid T.R. With massive distruction adding 96.5% Wub Wub!! That's about 150.000 people trashed from ultra and the road calling the cops for back up!!!! Watch and see+ watch and learn!!! Observe ! http://www.getdarker.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=176101

Marc305
Marc305

After reading this article and the many comments from regulars that followed, I went to experience it for myself. The place may be historic but it truly is a dump, kind of reminds me of the many bars I went to in College back in Virginia. The reality is that the value of the land will go way up once CitiCentre is completed, meaning that the taxes will go up as well. I know many of you are emotionaly attached to this bar, but financially it will not make any sense in keeping it open. As an owner you want to make a profit, period! Even if you are super nice ... It kind of reminds me of an old gentleman in his 80's who came into my office and told me he wanted a new tenant but wasn't sure if he could get more in rent for his apartment. I asked him how much he was making and he said $700 a month, I asked him where it was and he told me it was by Lincoln Rd. At this point I was sure he had a Studio but then he tells me it was a 2 bedroom 2 bath with a balcony. I told him I could get him at least $1600 per month and he was shocked! Needless to say the tenant was out in 30 days. I know that all of you would have done the same. Yes! even those of you who say "it shouldn't be about money man! it's historic!"   LOL

Platillo
Platillo

I will never buy a  Hyundai if they touch the place!

The Ghost of Miami
The Ghost of Miami

I hope the owners including Patrick enjoy the millions. It was only business anyway right boys?

Amanda Green
Amanda Green

yay why don't u guys start a satanic preproduction collaborative with the Herald Building ruiners i'm sure you'll all get a big kick out of it. bitter. twitter.

Snuzz
Snuzz

It looks as though lots of people care about Tobacco Road, except for those who own and run Tobacco Road. Just take a look at their kitchen, their sound system upstairs, the rats that live in the ceiling, their kitchen and the stench outside.That place could be awesome & worth saving if anyone in charge gave a s#*t.......

Further On Up the Road...
Further On Up the Road...

Seen some great blues shows at The Road over the years. Met John Lee Hooker in the mid 1980's, Buddy Guy in the late 1980's and Derek Trucks when he was only 12 years old(he was chaperoned by Leas Campbell-the former promoter of countless world class concerts)"The Road Goes on Forever..."

Juan Fernando Oña
Juan Fernando Oña

In my opinion, Tobacco Road attracted the most bland of talent with their weekend biker/yuppie vibe. Their staff is incredibly rude to musicians, and you can't smoke in it! If anyone came to visit Miami and all they saw was Tobacco Road.. well... then Miami's music scene was awfully represented. I say let the place burn so we can flick cigarette butts at it.  Miami's music scene will be unscathed by this.

LOCAL
LOCAL

First Jimbo's, then Tobacco Road, What's next Churchills???

Williamtanner34456
Williamtanner34456

Tobacco Road won't last another 3 years. Watch and see. The writing is on the wall. 

Alexis Dames
Alexis Dames

A Colombian firm, obviously, could give a @#$% that Tobacco Road is a legendary establishment, which has survived almost a century in a city ravaged by terrible storms and equally disturbing urban developments, only to emerge a strong and proud landmark of this magic city.A lifeline to musicians and music fans, it is imperative that Tobacco Road remain standing for at least another 100 years. 

Ericasommer
Ericasommer

This is too sad. I have been performing there over 15 years and seen amazing talent come in and out of those doors. I knew once al those glossy condos start popping up all around TOBACCO ROAD I knew dooms day would come too soon. I remember when these condo owners started complaining about the noise... How dare they! Tobacco Road has laid claim to that spot nearly a hundred years and one of the few homes to live music that had stood the test of time. Wake up Miami... Music is the blood that pulses through out veins... It feeds our hearts and cultivates our minds. It is a beautiful way of uniting the rainbow of cultures that makes this city what it is.

1000 bad bands a night
1000 bad bands a night

when has been the last time a good band has played there...or gotten paid decently???...that's music-karma

Melzuluaga
Melzuluaga

What???? Nooooooooooo! This is fuckin ridiculous! Why the f*** would he destroy another miami landmark??? Oh wait I know why, people just think about $$$$$$ but still this miami's oldest bars! I am a regular there & I would hate to see the place I call "home away from home" disappear...

Snuzz
Snuzz

If they consider tearing down Tobacco Road, they will need to provide housing for all of the displaced rats.   

LOCAL
LOCAL

Of course kill yet ANOTHER great local establishment, most likely to fill it with ANOTHER latin owned/themed establishment WTF MIAMI!!! The wackness prevails! Locals just anther reason to pack your bags.

princemartin330
princemartin330

If the property receives a historic designation it may be entitled to ad valorem tax benefits for a decade, so don't count on that as being a certainty

Juanfona
Juanfona

I agree snuzz. IF someone there actually gave a shit. And that is my impression, that they didn't. I've known good people there with good intentions.  I've played there a bunch of times and I've gotten nothing but bad vibes from that place.  I couldn't help to feel like I didn't mater. Never got paid, never got drink tickets, but that was OK.  What wasn't OK was not getting a "Thank You." Instead, we got trouble trying to get back in (after loading out) and we were eventually thrown out. Tobacco Road: if your going to F**K people in the ass, at least use lube.

Snuzz
Snuzz

that's right--- I mentioned their kitchen twice!!

Pilar Platanos
Pilar Platanos

this place is an aboslute DUMP.  the food is the best part, the rats are the worst part. the music doesn't even matter there.  nobody even goes there for real music anymore, just for the food trucks (which they can get anywhere at this point). transit was a dump and it got shut down. tobacco road is next. GET OVER IT! there's no point in saving it for "history" when nothing really happened there.  besides, "history miami" is so busy jumping up and down at every person with a dog at the icon that there's no way they'll have time to save this old pile of bricks too.  the best thing i can remember about tobacco road was that they always served me when i was underage.

Slippery Tim
Slippery Tim

Scotty's Landing is on it's way out also.

Inxs320
Inxs320

Miami is a relative young city in compare to N.Y there is really no cultural heritage in this city at all everything looks the same and stupid latin moron developers just want to make another strip mall out such a glorious stablisment and landmark ....it's about time that they learn from northen cities such as Philly, New York and Boston to preserve and feel proud to have a great place like Tobacco Road.....Good luck to all...Packing my belonging and heading up north!!!!! Bon Voyage!!!

Hali
Hali

 Bull. It has the most chill atmosphere AND they break new bands AND support existing bands/local music. Save it if only for the historical value.

Smart
Smart

Yea, I hate stupid Latin moron developers.

1000 bad bands a night
1000 bad bands a night

yea,, ,they "break" new bans and "support:" local music....if they play for just about free...get it straight 

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