David's Cafe Closing Sunday After Nearly Four Decades

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David's Café is closing.
After 37 years of serving cafecitos on South Beach, David's Café is closing.

The restaurant that provided sustenance on a 24-hour basis to everyone in Miami Beach -- from ragged hospitality workers needing a strong cup of energy on a graveyard shift to club kids not wanting to end the night to tourists getting their first sip of Miami's famous strong, black coladas -- is shutting its doors Sunday, April 20, at 8 p.m.

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

The closing announcement was made today on the café's Facebook page:

On Behalf of The Gonzalez Family and The David's Café Family
We would like to Thank You For 37 Years of Loyal Patronage.
This Chapter Where It All Started In 1977 Has Coming To A End, But The Story Is Far From Over...
We Will Be Closing The Doors of
David's Café on 1058 Collins Ave on
Sunday April 20, 2014 at 3pm
We Invite You To Come Celebrate 37 Years of
The American Dream
Sunday April 20, 2014
5pm to 8pm

The reason for the closing was not divulged. However, the massive street construction that's taken over much of Collins Avenue's hotel strip between Fifth and 15th streets might be to blame. The restaurant's owners recently posted a complaint about the construction (along with a notice saying they are still open despite the conditions) on Facebook April 2:

Good Morning Amigos & Happy Hump Day! I find the necessity to inform our customers that we are open 24-7 even if we may look closed thanks to Florida Department of Transportation that seems to have no consideration for local residents & small local business in Miami Beach. We the David's Cafe Family always welcome change & more importantly progress, but not at the expense of my family business. Yesterday we experience first hand how they treat local business. I was treated poorly by works, supervisor and basically after they rued my floor tile that if I didn't stop them it would have been much worse. I told the worker to stop drilling and he tells me who going to pay the works to standing around doing nothing??? Hum let me think... I do as a taxpayer!! It would have been better to just shut down for the day. Sorry for venting to you all, but someone need to say something! These pictures are of what it looked like during and currently during this construction. Hope you all have a Cafecito Day!

Since its opening in 1977, David's Café has seen Miami Beach transform from a ravaged seaside burg inhabited by the elderly and dangerous into a vibrant city. The café has seen much success, with everyone from Gloria Estefan to Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson dining there. A second location, David's Café II, opened right off Lincoln Road in 1993.

That location also had its share of controversy. In 2012, a group of former employees at David's Cafe II claimed the restaurant's owners owed them nearly $80,000 in back wages.

See also: David's Cafe Allegedly Owes $80,000 in Wages to Former Employees

The restaurant famously closed its Lincoln Road location in July 2012 after 19 years, with owner Adrian Gonzalez saying he just couldn't afford the high rent in the trendy dining and shopping area.

David's Café will host a party Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m., allowing us a chance to have one last cafecito for the road.

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David's Cafe

1058 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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ComrasCompany
ComrasCompany

A 420 percent profit on an investment made less than five years ago persuaded the owner of South Beach landmark David's Cafe to shut its doors earlier this year, a broker involved in the sale told the Daily Business Review. 

The Gonzalez family, which operated the restaurant since 1977, decided to pack up the Cuban sandwich presses when New York investor Gideon Asset Management offered $9.89 million for the restaurant at 1058 Collins Ave. The Gonzalezes paid $1.9 million for the real estate in 2009, exercising a purchasing option included in a 2001 lease agreement with the previous owner, Nash Investment Company. 

"David's Cafe has been a wonderful cafe and an institution on the beach for a long time, and it's sad to see it go, but the value of the real estate to investors was just incredible," said Jonathan Carter, senior director at Miami Beach-based Comras Company. "It's a hard corner in Collins with a freestanding facility for retail, and you just don't have that come along." 

Michael Comras, president of the retail-focused brokerage, participated in the transaction on the seller's side. Michael Silverman, a senior associate with the same company, represented the buyer. 

Read the full article here: http://goo.gl/UKyA5O

Chaz Mia
Chaz Mia

Was in there last week horrible service

Gabriel Veg
Gabriel Veg

The City of Miami Beach should be reimbursing all of the businesses affected by the road work on Alton. Whatever the difference between pre-road work and road work revenues is should be paid to them directly.

Chris Castilla
Chris Castilla

Noooo- - where will I get my crappy Coladita now!?

Jj Hack Diaz
Jj Hack Diaz

Mediocre, overpriced food. It will not be missed.

Bob Micket
Bob Micket

I will miss my early morning cafe con leche runs to David's when we are in SoBe, the friendly familiar faces will be missed

Chantal Duprix Ulacia
Chantal Duprix Ulacia

Patricia L. SanchezChantel HernandezMuriel MeierMiguelina VasquezAilyn ValdesMorayma ValdesMelissa Aguiar

Peter Diaz
Peter Diaz

Karma from not paying employees perhaps... Oh Well...

Heather Apostle
Heather Apostle

Mayte Arguello-Savona Rafael Faria James Cunningham Suzanne Oostdyk another old school closing. I remember doing many disco naps and shots of Cuba coffee at Davids to get the party started back in the 90s .

Charlotte Adams
Charlotte Adams

Yes construction is killing SOBE. No one wants to walk or drive thru a mess.

Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon
Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon

Always sad to see a local business close. But I think Miami Beach needs to hurry up with those construction projects (and subsequently Power wash the entire south beach). MB, namely SOBE, definitely needs improvements but they need to work quickly! The construction on Collins should be done by now... My cousin stayed at the W down washington during summer 2013 and I recall walking through the work in progress that is Collins road.

Alvaro Disartmedia
Alvaro Disartmedia

Unfortunately, all the new concepts that are coming to town are making old places to close... Cuban restaurants are not out of this: You have new concepts that are being very successful like Cuban Guys or Havana 1957 and places like David's that didn't adapt, are suffering the consequences. Next ones in the list: Versailles and maybe La Carreta; unless they adapt. This is not longer the old Miami we all know.

James Trotter
James Trotter

Whoa! No way! Also I have thought a about Tony in forever! Hey message me his number if you can Louis Toll

jakejefferson
jakejefferson

and just like tobacco road, and churchills.... this place is a dump with terrible service! yeah they make great cuban coffee, but you can get one pretty much on every corner in miami. this is a "travesty?" hardly!  why should they stay open? bc they've been open for so long? what a terriblie business model... let's be terrible at what we do but if we do if for long enough then we can just do it forever without consequence! sorry, but that's not how the real world (aka the real estate market) works.  it will probably be replaced by walgreens.  yes, we need another walgreens on the beach!  well, the thing is, they keep moving in because they can afford to pay their rent/ property taxes! 

Louis Toll
Louis Toll

James Trotter did you know that Alex Gonzalez passed away ??? I saw Tony Cicoone at his funeral...

Omar Becerra
Omar Becerra

soon, K-mart will open on Lincoln Rd, the Euro-trash, mafia and Mid-west tourist will have their days of glory in the new, corporate america, and commercial real estate control by Israel..

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez

Good riddance. That place was the worst combination of bad service and high prices.

David Alanez
David Alanez

That's sucks...first churchills then Tobacco Road now David Cafe...what's next they closing down bayside

peetdiaz
peetdiaz

I have an idea! PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES!

Dine Sinadi
Dine Sinadi

Wao! So sad for this! Voy extrañar este lugar cuando esté en Miami de nuevo :(

James Trotter
James Trotter

Liz Trotter I know, I saw earlier. We used to carpool with the Gonzalez back and forth from St. Joseph's!

Paola Pistola Granda
Paola Pistola Granda

Dulce Terrero Remember our lil morning runs over there before going to Lou's?lol I miss those days.

Jason Gonzalez
Jason Gonzalez

I mean let's face it La sopa ta sala Renzo Alberto

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