Joe Allen in Miami Beach Closes UPDATED

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​After more than a decade, Joe Allen has closed its Miami Beach doors.

Managing partner Mario Rubeo confirmed the news by phone saying that the bottom line was that the restaurant wasn't "financially feasible" anymore.

The restaurant, which also has outposts in New York, Paris and London, opened on Miami Beach in 1998 and was a favorite among locals for its menu of American comfort foods and unassuming vibe away from the busier side of South Beach.

A visit to the restaurant this afternoon found a note taped to the door saying that Joe Allen was no longer open and thanking regulars for their patronage.

The door was locked, but Short Order knocked and Rubeo opened up. He didn't invite us in, but when we said we might cry because the place was a favorite, he responded, "I'm gonna cry too."

Though Joe Allen had a regular clientele, the place had for years relied on tourists and conventioneers. But this year, the tourist season never really came, Rubeo said. He added that he had been mulling closure for 14 to 16 months.

Rubeo, who was a fixture at the place and usually could be found at the host stand greeting patrons with a smile and a handshake, added that he still had to deal with closing -- getting rid of the dishes and furniture, completing paperwork, and deciding what to with the building, which the company owns.

Might another restaurant open in the space? Rubeo wasn't saying.

What will he do in the future? "After I lock the door for the last time, I'll think about the next step."

Additional reporting by Laine Doss.

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Location Info

Joe Allen - CLOSED

1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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MissFL
MissFL

I visited everytime I went to see my Uncle...Mario.  He ran the place and is the best man I knew for the job.  The food was incredible and everyone was extremely nice, gonna miss that pizza bread but I know I will never forget it.

Maria Mtz del Campo
Maria Mtz del Campo

one of my fav rest!!! so sad!! where am I gonna get that delicious liver?? so sad!!!

LC
LC

Very sad. However, from experience as a former restaurant owner, it's very possible they closed because the owner just got tired of the whole thing. It's an 80+ hour a week job and if you're not making enough money, you start to wonder if it's all worth it (which is exactly what happened to us).

rob
rob

was there just two weeks ago on a weeknight at 9pm and EVERY table was filled. Im not buying this story...food and decor imo needed a makeover though so we can only hope that is what is REALLY happening here...

BenBenson
BenBenson

This place was always crowded. I don't get it. I agree, somethings fishy here. May the truth be told.

anon
anon

The tourist season never really came? What Miami Beach is that guy living on? The tourist season CAME, and it still hasn't even left! Something's fishy here...

FJoe
FJoe

Good riddance.

ATurk
ATurk

Devastating news, a significant loss in the Miami Beach community.

Merriharris
Merriharris

Bummer! That was a wonderful place to go...if they can't make it, no one can.

Steadman
Steadman

OMG! I loved that place. Sort of a hangout for expat New Yorkers. Bummer

Paulsobe
Paulsobe

no, F YOU  This was one of the best places to dine in Southern Florida.

Algae Gonz
Algae Gonz

It is very very sad that this had to close

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