Tobacco Road Planning to Sell and Relocate
Speakeasy. Whorehouse. Music landmark.
For the last 101 years, Tobacco Road has stood at 626 S. Miami Avenue, serving a clientele of locals, drifters, and legends in need of booze, good times, rhythm, blues, and rock 'n' roll.
This tavern survived Prohibition. It lasted through the lawless coke-addled days of the 1980s. But it's not going to beat Brickell real estate development.
In 2012, the land on which the Road lies was purchased for $12.5 million. And while Miami's oldest bar was guaranteed to remain at its current location through May 2015, co-owner Patrick Gleber tells Crossfade that plans are being made to sell and relocate.
Photo by George Martinez The Road, with high rises and construction cranes looming.
"We have a three-year lease," Gleber says. "And the landlord hasn't exactly been like, 'You're gone in one more year' or 'You're not gone.' But most probably, I would think we are out since it's getting hot around here with the cranes and all that stuff."
The plan: A sale by Gleber and his partners to a group of Tobacco Road employees, followed by a relocation a block away to "the triangle building on the edge of the parking lot" at 69 SW Seventh Street.
"Basically, I was approached by manager Joel Rivera and the employees, and they asked, 'What's the possibility of us buying it?' So I talked to some of the other investors to tell them that the employees are trying to put together a program to purchase, move, and run it.
"The investors said, 'Yeah. That's a great idea. Let's see what happens."
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