Van Dyke Cafe to Close January 26

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Van Dyke Vafe via Facebook
Goodbye, old friend.
This is it. The end of an era.

Van Dyke Cafe will officially close on Sunday, January 26.

The restaurant, which opened in the historic Van Dyke Building in the center of Lincoln Road in 1994, served as an oasis for locals and tourists alike to sit al fresco and enjoy a mimosa, a chat with friends, and a meal. It is also the only place left on Lincoln Road with live nightly music.

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Some people have commented about the food not being "on par" with other South Beach restaurants. But Van Dyke was, and is, about so much more than just having a meal. It's about meshing culture, music, food, drink, and community together with grace. And now it's closing.

The restaurant team behind Van Dyke, Graspa Group, has issued the following statement:

After 20 years of serving South Florida, Van Dyke Café will be closing on Sunday, January 26, 2014 with a celebration in honor of the memories we have created together. We thank all our loyal customers, staff, music directors and musicians that made both Van Dyke Café and Upstairs at Van Dyke one of the most special places on Lincoln Road.

We first opened our café in the historic Van Dyke building in 1994 and have been proudly serving Miami residents for nearly two decades. When Van Dyke Café opened its doors, Lincoln Road was just becoming the travel destination it is today, bustling with outdoor eateries -- perfect for people watching and enjoying the South Florida weather.

In the spirit of Van Dyke Café, Soyka Restaurant will continue with a similar live music program on weekends. We hope you will consider Soyka not only for a great meal but also to enjoy great live music by some of South Florida's best.

To celebrate our history and honor our loyal patrons, we will be hosting a celebration on January 26 from 5 to closing. Please come by and enjoy a complimentary toast and let's reminisce the good times! We would like to extend a deep and heartfelt thank you to our dedicated staff and our loyal patrons.

A major retail establishment, possibly Lululemon, will take the cafe's spot, serving up overpriced yoga pants instead of live jazz and cold beer.

There is one small silver lining to this gray cloud. Graspa Group has mentioned that it's working with the current owners of the Van Dyke building to find a smaller space in which to open an abridged version of the popular spot as early as this Spring.

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Location Info

Van Dyke Cafe - CLOSED

846 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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192 comments
romy.e27
romy.e27

So sad!! This is where I had my first date with my boyfriend!! And we've been going 4 years strong since!! Thank You for hosting one of our most cherished memories!

Debbie Ekelchik Sanders
Debbie Ekelchik Sanders

So sad to see this restaurant leave. There will be fewer and fewer restaurants left to choose from. This was a Lincoln Road landmark to us south beachers. We don't need anymore mall stores! It'll be so empty now in that busy corner. :(

Penny Lane
Penny Lane

Amzing place, sorry to see you go!

Manuel Nunez
Manuel Nunez

Thank you Van Dick Cafe for so many good memories , years back when i was younger !!!!!!

Jorge Elizondo
Jorge Elizondo

Sooo sad.. Picture from our last lunch at Van Dyke's hope they'll reopen it somewhere soon.

Stephen Sisco
Stephen Sisco

It was the best spot to people watch, however the food wasn't good, and the service was the worst.

Jackson Wyld
Jackson Wyld

Soooo......many good memories from back in the days.

Fred Love Photographer
Fred Love Photographer

So sad. Van Dyke was so Iconic! I remember when it used to feel so off the path to go there!

Philip John Leo
Philip John Leo

I am really sorry to see it go, great place, we had alot of fun here for the last 18 yrs, since i moved here from boston:((((

Rob Rodriguez Zamora
Rob Rodriguez Zamora

What a bummer.. last music I heard live t wss there and I had a really good time..

Kelsy Doomm
Kelsy Doomm

Aww boo!! I love the pear pasta :( and mimosas

Jillyan Bacallao
Jillyan Bacallao

How sad! This is actually one of the places I ❤️ on Lincoln.

Sule Tellez
Sule Tellez

What a sad day! I celebrated my 21st birthday there, it was one of my favorite bars in Miami....

Corinne Ferguson
Corinne Ferguson

The last drink I had with my brother Yvo was at Van Dyke Cafe; He want to take me there because All Miami Beach was there and He use to say to me "I'm so proud to be with such of a beautiful woman, I want everybody to see me with you", it's also at Van Dike Cafe that our mom meet Alex, dear Alex always treat us like family. So it's not only a cafe who close it's a page in our life that we have to turn... Sad

Marta Guerra
Marta Guerra

I remember many late nights (early am) after clubbing!! An end of an era for sure...

Clarice Bartel MacGarvey
Clarice Bartel MacGarvey

Lots of memories there, especially back in the good old days when Lincoln Road was a tad tacky, on the edge and lots more fun!

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