Tobacco Road Planning to Sell and Relocate

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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.

See also: Tobacco Road Turns 101! Ten Classic Moments From Miami's Oldest Bar

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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."

See also: Churchill's Pub Sale Finalized

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Tobacco Road - CLOSED

626 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

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bobwww
bobwww

This bar lost its American charisma decades ago since the cuban invasion. Good riddance to the dump.

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Miami has no respect for history, and for selling out I now have zero respect for Tobacco Road.

Mo Husein
Mo Husein

As long as they don't close tootsies and those lemon pepper wings I don't give a *^%#

Eddy Gugliotta
Eddy Gugliotta

To everything.... turn turn turn , there's a season, turn turn turn.... and time for every purpose under heaven.

Erick Veizaga
Erick Veizaga

Very Sad ! I understand progress but at what cost ? Miami will be a little less sunnier with it closed

Jade Lin Mason
Jade Lin Mason

This place really is a historic landmark. Plus I met my hubby here. Really disappointing...

Rogelio Madan
Rogelio Madan

The City needs to declare this an historic landmark!! If the motels on Biscayne Blvd are historic, this should be historic!!

Scott Spencer
Scott Spencer

Four generations of my family have gotten shit housed in that place. Ugh!! Is nothing sacred?

Tom Morris
Tom Morris

Ugh. First Churchill's and now tobacco road... Commence turbo gentrification

CheckpointCharlie73
CheckpointCharlie73

Great idea, sell it to the employees just before the lease expires, so that they can all get screwed. 


The rich get richer, and the working stiffs get stiffed. 

Vicki Flynn
Vicki Flynn

I wish places like this could be protected by legislation like they are in so many other cities in the USA...so sad!

Robert Roderick Rodriguez
Robert Roderick Rodriguez

People complain why Miami sucks etc..., move to another place and I did and I miss my hometown lots, only if your are originally from Miami you realize how unique and different cultures blend together. Tobacco road is just moving down the road, could be worse

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Well, Miami is a place where 'history" is what happened last week. So, this was likely predictable. Let's see what happens next.

Etienne Decora
Etienne Decora

Historic landmark .what a waste of Miami history

Kevo A. Clark
Kevo A. Clark

I've already bid the condo that will replace it

Odysseus Lisztomania Duran
Odysseus Lisztomania Duran

Joshua Duran :-( This is the reason I want to move out of Miami.... This place really sucks... I speaky no inglish

Mechanesthesia
Mechanesthesia

Aren't buildings over 100 years old automatically considered "historic"?  How can this happen?  Two words people: adaptive reuse.  Developers and architects can figure out a way to build a skyscraper over these buildings if they really want to.  

Peter Clark
Peter Clark

Now I know the end of the world is coming! A fav of mine!

Camila Turner
Camila Turner

Moving a block away to another historic building is not so bad, especially if they take a lot of the interior as planned. Hope it goes that way because it could be a LOT worse. The end of an era, the start of a new one... Good luck to the employee buying group!

TK Small
TK Small

Then its over ,theres no point in even taking the name if its moving.

Rogelio Madan
Rogelio Madan

Write a story urging the Miami Historic and Environmental Preservation Board and City Commission to declare it historic!!!

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

everyone i know in South Florida is trying to sell and relocate...LOL

rzdavemiami12
rzdavemiami12

The owners of the Empire State building have found out that the real estate value under the building is worth 4 billion dollars. So they decided to sell and move the Empire State Building to Jersey City.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

People wonder why Miami has no heart. Maybe because its "leaders" keep cutting chunks of it out

TBRDWTF1027
TBRDWTF1027

@bobwww

Dude: Some of the owners that have managed to keep this beloved icon alive throughout the decades are actually Cuban Americans and other Latins. Shame on you for your racist, unfounded and unwelcome rant. The bar atmosphere and the menu have NOTHING to do with any form of "Cubanism". I go there precisely because it is NOT a Hispanic joint. If you think it is, then you are either a really hardcore Nazi White Power Skinhead, or just a poor asshole who doesn't know one ethnicity from another, meaning, a typical "Ugly American".  Either way, if you're in Miami, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG PLACE. I have known the owners/managers and their families for more than 25 years. How dare you. What this bar does NOT NEED is YOU

gordo6
gordo6

Read the article. They had a lease on the building. They didn't own it. They had no choice. 

TBRDWTF1027
TBRDWTF1027

I totally agree, as I believe many thousands others would agree. What I am suspicious of, is that it would have been so easy to declare this building/site a historical landmark, that I am afraid money made it's evil presence and the owners sold out. We ALL know this was a historic landmark. First liquor license in Miami, same spot, this was never a classy beachfront joint precielsy because it had to inland a little ways away from the waterfront. This has been my watering hole for at least 25 years, and one of the FEW venues in Miami where you can hear good Blues. F_ck EDM. Tobacco Road also held single maltt scoth and cigar tasing dinners. Always with the times. Always great food. Best Burgers, Great Lobster specials happy hours etc. Great staff too. In all those 25+ years I never met a bartender or waiter/waitress with an attitude, like you do in so many other places where you pay lots more. We should really try do save/rescue/revive this place. I'm sure that for a lot of Miamians, it holds a special place in our social, after-work, cool weekend, go-to joint that we have enjoyed here for many years and that I, for one, feel threatened by newcomer assholes who think it's all about VIP tables at SouthBeach clubs. I don't even cross that bridge anymore. Give Tobacco Road food and Music. Forever, please.

blaze420
blaze420

American Miami was lost over 30 years ago...

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