David's Cafe II Closes Monday With Free Cafecitos and Pastelitos

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David's Cafe II is closing this weekend.
David's Cafe II to Close: One Last Cafecito For the Road

David's Cafe II is closing its doors for good on Monday. The 24-hour cafe was never just a place to get something to eat. It was a meeting ground for everyone in Miami Beach -- from City Hall officials who came for an afternoon jolt of caffeine to tourists wanting to experience their first Cuban coffee. Construction workers drank rich, dark coladas alongside beautiful young women and police officers mingled with club kids needing a little energy after a long night of dancing. If you lived on Miami Beach, chances are you've got a story about this cafe/meeting place/safe house. 

My husband and I moved from New York to Miami Beach nearly eight years ago. The promise of palm trees, warm breezes, and ice cream colored buildings sounded romantic. We jumped on the opportunity and within a few weeks we were on the road, bound for South Beach.

Anyone who has made the drive from New York to Miami knows that it's long and tiring. We arrived in South Beach at around one in the morning. Our furniture wasn't scheduled to arrive for a few days, and the prospect of snuggling into a sleeping bag, as tired as we were, wasn't appealing. What we really wanted was some food -- but where to go?

We smelled it first. The scent of strong coffee, ham, and pastries wafting through the night air called to us. Sitting at the counter, half asleep but too jazzed up about the future to rest, we chatted over Cuban coffee and bit into our sandwiches -- the first taste of our new home.

David's Cafe II is closing its doors for good. There's no big drama -- just another casualty of rising prices and changing times. The biggest problem for owner Adrian Gonzalez and his family -- exactly when do you close a restaurant that's open 24 hours?

David's Cafe II will remain open all day Sunday, July 22 and into the night. On Monday, July 23, at 8 a.m., the cafe will stop selling its trademark Cuban sandwiches and pastelitos forever. There is some good news....

On Monday July 23 from 8 to 11 a.m., the restaurant will be giving away free cafecitos and pastelitos as a thank you to friends and patrons.

Be sure to stop in and have one last cafecito and a chat. It's a bittersweet sendoff for a restaurant that holds memories for so many of us.

If you have a memory about David's Cafe II, we'd love to hear it. Please share it in our comments section, below.

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Location Info

David's Cafe II - CLOSED

1654 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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7 comments
liviocrocco
liviocrocco

Another piece of the old real Miami is gone. So sad!!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

I owe you nothing! For starters your antenna's in my crotch. Also I hate you. And finally, you can't cook for squat.

dj77
dj77

Really not a big deal. Ugly building and mediocre (at best) food. Yawn.

ckinsobe
ckinsobe

I will miss the ventanita since I live nearby, only place to get a good Cuban coffee in the neighborhood but last time I went to David's with a friend for breakfast at the counter we had to leave because we could not get service. Place was half empty yet no-one could be bothered to come take our order. Bizarre.

thevoice
thevoice

Overpriced, crappy greasy fast food place with delusions of grandeur.

 

Good riddance.

Sykohyp
Sykohyp

Btw, well-written article. I liked the injection of personal anecdotes, and the tone was very good. 

Sykohyp
Sykohyp

Maybe it is because you did not grow  up here, or did not experience real, quality Cuban food for most of your life, but David's if responsible for its own demise. For at least the past ten years, the food has been mediocre at best, the service lacking, and everything was overpriced. I am glad to see David's close down. If they had maintained the quality they exhibited when they first opened the first location, I would be singing a different tune. They became full of themselves and ran that place on autopilot -- not the best plan for a restaurant. 

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