David's Cafe II to Close: One Last Cafecito for the Road

Still time to have a Cuban at David's Cafe II.
David's Cafe II likely to leave Lincoln Road.

Time to get one last cafecito for the road, because David's Café II will close its doors at the end of the week.

Owner Adrian Gonzalez told Short Order that the iconic Lincoln Road fixture, which serves much-needed shots of liquid adrenaline along with authentic Cuban cuisine, is closing the Lincoln Road location for good at the end of the week in yet another case of small independent restaurant owners being squeezed out by high rents.

Gonzalez said the rent option on the space was up for renewal and he simply couldn't justify the high prices of operating near Lincoln Road. "It's unfortunate, but there comes a time when you have to make a decision."

Gonzalez wasn't sure whether David's would close on July 22 at night or early July 23. In any event, there will be no parties, no blowout celebrations. Just a few last coladas and pastelitos among friends.

What's next for Gonzalez and David's? "We'll take a break and focus our attention on David's on Collins Avenue. Then, who knows? We have started looking at some spaces, but for now, it's time to regroup."

The restaurant has issued this statement to friends and family:
"On behalf of the David's Café Family, we would like to thank our loyal customers, family and friends because without all of you, this dream would not have been possible.

After 19 years at this location our time has come to an end. On July 22nd, 2012 we will regretfully be closing our doors for good to end an amazing chapter on Lincoln Road.

The David's Café Family will continue to bring you the same quality Cuban favorites at our original location, 1058 Collins Avenue, where the dream began 35 years ago.

Owned and operated by the Gonzalez Family, our doors are open 24 hours a day and we would love for you to join us as we look towards the future.

Be on the look out for more David's Café's coming in the near future."
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Location Info

David's Cafe II - CLOSED

1654 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Kenneth Patterson
Kenneth Patterson

A new Apple Store will take over the Ghirardelli Space and tear down Davids, build a glass cube and combine the two.


This is a Tragedy!! Davids II has always been #I !


My favorite spot for a Cuban snack. This sucks. At least we have 500 upscale burger joints!

Juan G. Ruiz
Juan G. Ruiz

No chance. Still some spots but I do agree all our local spots are disappearing.




It looks like the high rent is driving all the small businesses off lincoln road. Probally to be replaced by a starbucks mcdonalds or something of the like. Ain't capitalism great?

Jeremy Sapienza
Jeremy Sapienza

Fuck this miserable shit. David's II, you'll always be David's I to me. Nobody goes east of Washington anymore so now what. At least there's still Las Olas. :(

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