Renovated Uncle Tom's BBQ in Coral Gables Keeps Original Flavor (Photos)
Uncle Tom's BBQ has been a Miami staple for over 60 years. After a fire forced the Tamiami Trail restaurant to close last year, the operation is back and ready for a resurgence. A location in Pinecrest is scheduled to open, as well as future locations in West Kendall, Doral/Miami Lakes, and Fort Lauderdale.
All photos by Ilana Ladis Uncle Tom's BBQ is set to reopen in late June.
The owners have preserved the integrity of the original structure, while also implementing necessary upgrades and changes to both the interior and exterior deck. After the fire, the building got a complete overhaul that included a new electrical system and renovated bathrooms.
"We put in a lot of work to bring the building up to code," said co-owner Ariel Rodriguez. "We put in the awning, which wasn't originally here, but we kept the original tables and deck."
The awning on the patio is an eye-catching improvement.
Other stylistic updates include black and white snapshots of the restaurant's early days, which adorn the bathroom, as well as the LED lights that brighten up the original Uncle Tom's sign. Inside you can get a variety of craft beers on tap, and there are several television screens to watch sports games.
Although Uncle Tom's is still in the soft-opening phase, it has already attracted a sizable following. "People keep coming in and they say, finally, you're open!" said co-owner Orlando Morales.
Craft beers on tap.