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Some (not all) old Miami area restaurants / bars still in business

Bryson's Irish Pub - 3790 Curtiss Parkway in Virginia Gardens, 305-874-2271 - since 1947

Churchill's Pub - 5501 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, 305-757-1807 -

Frankie's Pizza - 9118 Bird Road, Miami, 305-221-0221 - since 1955 and operated by Frankie's daughter Roxanne

Jimbo's Place - Duck Lake Road, Virginia Key, 305-361-7026 - since 1954 - - - - Closed in 2012 and now history - RIP Jimbo's!

Jumbo's Restaurant - 7501 N. W. 7th Avenue, Miami 33150 - telephone 305-751-1127 - since 1955 - - - - Closed in 201_ and now history - RIP Jumbo's!

Ranch House Restaurant - 1548 W. 84th Street, Hialeah, 305-821-8200 - since the 1970's - under new ownership as of 2015 and still open

Royal Castle (2)
1. Arnold's Royal Castle, NW 7th Avenue and 125th Street, North Miami - - - Closed, rebuilt and re-opened as Finga Licking, owned by Sean Combs (P. Diddy) in April 2014

2. Royal Castle, NW 79th Street and 27th Avenue, Miami - since the early 60's

Shorty's Bar B Que - 9200 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, 305-670-5125 - plus other newer locations throughout South Florida

The Bar - 172 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables, 305-442-2730 - since 1937

The Fox's Sherron Inn - 6030 S. Dixie Highway, South Miami, 305-661-9201 - since 1946 - - - Closed in 2015, photos coming if I ever find them again

The Hitching Post - 445 East Okeechobee Road, Hialeah, 305-884-0656 - since the 1950's - Barbeque still cooked on hickory wood - now Cuban menu items too - - - Hitching Post sign removed and it appears to be Cuban food items only now


From the Miami Herald weekend section, February 27, 2009

Behind the music: A jukebox guide
By Kyle Teal

Like most everything in life, picking music from a jukebox is purely political. Of course, when you smooth out your crumpled, hard-earned dollar bill and feed it to the machine, your own self-interest is primarily at heart. But you also have your constituents to worry about - the fellow bar-hoppers who watch as the light from the jukebox illuminates your perspiring face. They'll remember if you pick Savage Garden, and like in any proud, musical democracy, they'll scorn you for it.

While choosing some songs may cost you your dignity, most TouchTunes (digital jukeboxes) machines only charge a buck for two song credits. Five bucks will buy you about 13 credits. At Fox's Lounge (see below), it'll cost you zilch.

In an effort to help you find the right crowd and jukebox for you, we've checked out 13 places around town. The list, in no particular order:

The Fox's Sherron Inn: shoobie doo wop

Opened since 1946, this dimly-lit South Miami lounge looks like the set of a movie from the 1950s, complete with the familiar baritone of ol' Blue Eyes, Patsy Cline, Neil Diamond, Jo Stafford and Bobby Helms (he sings about angels). The lounge boasts an archaic, charming (and free) jukebox that plays 45 rpm vinyl records. Fitting in with the enormous blue machine, the lounge has an old, elegant vibe with red, semicircle booths and a black and white striped floor. If you want to catch the game on a modest TV, Fox's is a quieter, classier venue than your typical sports bar.

Staff says late night hours bring in the younger crowds but early in the night, locals enjoy hearty comfort food such as prime rib, lamb chops and roast duck, as well as a full service bar (the lounge doubles as a liquor bar). Happy Hour is 4-7 p.m. everyday, and 5-7 p.m. Sundays.

The Bar: a professional hangout

Tucked away in the City Beautiful -- Coral Gables -- The Bar entertains loud tunes and attractive professionals. Introduce your friends to the 62-year-old bar, and instantly you're Abbott and Costello performing "Who's on First."

Come meet us at The Bar... which bar? The Bar! You get the idea.

The well-lit, blue and wood space hosts a live band on Saturday nights. "Friday Happy Hour Extravaganza" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. means ladies drink free. On that night, the bar and restaurant is packed with hardworking folks, co-workers and friends. And while it's mostly bumping bass, the sleek TouchTunes jukebox also has a heavy amount of Rolling Stones and George Strait albums.

Seeing as this spot has the latest and greatest in jukebox technology, a simple touch of the screen and you can discover the top five most played songs, starting with No. 1.

Top five plays: "Green Light" by John Legend; Kanye West's "Love Lockdown;" Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire" (there's a theme here); "Whatever You Like" by T.I.; and 50 Cent's "Get Up."

Keg South: yeehaw

Keg South, a hole-in-the-wall in suburban Pinecrest, holds an annual Christmas party at the request of its most loyal patrons. Truly a neighborhood bar, a roasted pig and baked beans lay out across a pool table for families and children to eat. When it's not a special occasion, the bar serves up tasty-yet-affordable wings, burgers, etc.

After examining the old-school, CD-playing jukebox, it was clear that Keg South entertains a crowd all its own. Management allows customers and friends to bring in their own burned CDs to add to the collection. Some of the homemade album covers show scantily clad country girls and proclaims the names of outlaw CD burners like "Arthel Doc Watson" and "David 'Dawg' Grisman."

Manager Sam Diedrick says the nearly 15-year-old machine usually sounds a Marshall Tucker tune, "This Old Cowboy." Diedrick has been working at the tavern long enough to know nearly every song by its number: "Twenty two, six!" he shouted for the Tucker tune (he was right). A lot of greatest hits albums by Willie Nelson, David Allen Coe, Stone Temple Pilots, Johnny Cash, "Redneck Yacht Club" by Craig Morgan... you get the idea.

Large TV screens visible from anywhere in the bar make it a popular hangout for sports fans, buzzed and sporting colors for their alma mater.

Mac's Club Deuce (aka, the Deuce): the world is yours, mang

Welcome to The Deuce and back to 1980s Miami Beach, with tacky neon lights forming the shape of busty women and a dingy checkered floor.

As for the jukebox, TouchTunes claims yet another unpretentious bar. Soul singer D'Angelo's mellow voice carried "Devil's Pie," and intimate friends held quiet conversations around a curvy, pink bar. "You can actually express how you're feeling at any given time," said Orlando resident Joe Esposito of the usefulness of jukeboxes. Whenever he visits from Central Florida he makes a stop at The Deuce.

It's easy to embrace the bar's authenticity and easier to embrace the buy one, get one free happy hour, which is every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Top five plays: "Rockstar" by Nickelback (why?); Buck Cherry's romantic song "Crazy B----;" "Hang me up to Dry" by Cold War Kids; Bob Marley's "No woman, No Cry;" "Bongo Bong" by Manu Chao (interesting stoner song).

Ted's Hideaway: shhhhhh

Many of the affable patrons in this colorful South Beach tavern are locals who work in the hospitality business themselves. They love their South Beach hideaway because it's their secret spot for decent drink prices, a pool game or watching the big game.

When the large bar is not entertaining the local crowds of all ages, co-owner Bob Wilcox readies his staff for the onslaught of travelers bunking up at a nearby hostel. Even the dive's own off-the-clock employees perch at the bar to enjoy drinks with their good friends or coworkers. It seems they use the TouchTunes jukebox more than their own customers.

Top five plays: "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock (yes, he's still around, ruining Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" forever); Peaches' "F--- the Pain Away;" Lil Wayne's "Mrs. Officer;" Kings of Leon's "Taper Jean Girl;" and "Wonderwall" by Oasis.

Churchill's: feeling hip, or British?

British owner David B. Daniels is a likeable, white-bearded bloke who's quite fond of Winston Churchill, hence the pub's name. The spacious bar boasts two pool tables, a full-size stage where punk bands perform frequent concerts and Jazz bands take center stage Monday nights. Bartender Chris Funk (real name, he swears) mixes a mean sazerac with bourbon and absinthe: one of the oldest cocktails around.

There are also TVs showing the game - this is the place to go for that 10 a.m. Sunday soccer match. Overall, Churchill's emanates a unique, friendly feel and its TouchTunes box reveals a refreshingly alternative list of most popular tunes.

Top five plays: "Got to Give it up" by Marvin Gaye; "Paper Planes" by M.I.A.; "No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age; "El Telefono" by Wisin & Yandel; and "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen (the mother of all epic bar songs).

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Liz Bond 17-Jan-2023 22:58
This comment was in response to Louise Aneiro regarding The Shadows. The Hasta relation to The Shadows.
Liz Bond 17-Jan-2023 22:46
This restaurant was owned by Eddie Disano(sp?) from the long time The Hasta on Douglas Road in Coral Gables.
Louise Aneiro 02-Jan-2019 02:21
Does ANYONE remember a really sweet, fine dining restaurant somewhere in Miami environs (late 50's - early 60's called The Shadows. Had a fairly large waterfall w/lovely tropical plants and palms flanking it that faced the dining room.
Leighton 24-Feb-2017 18:12
Thanks! I might have some friends driving in that area this spring. The Ranch House is something they'd like.

I haven't touched foot in Miami since '88. I know that it's vastly different.

As a location manager for film/TV and now mainly commercials, locations fascinate me. I also love "history," so I spend a lot of time tracking locations down, to see what they look like today.

Every time that I watch an old film, I try to find the locations "now." Fascinating how some places disappear, and some are barely changed. LA is particularly tricky. Until the last decade, that city didn't appreciate history. So many incredible homes went under the bulldozer.
Don Boyd24-Feb-2017 07:38
Jeff, Wayne is planning on opening a Royal Castle somewhere in Broward in the next month or two. I'll let you know when it's open.

Leighton, thanks, I haven't seen this page in quite a while. I've dropped the appropriate ones. If I am in town I have breakfast with buddies at the Ranch House almost every Saturday morning. It seems to be doing okay but I haven't been there for lunch or dinner in maybe seven years.

Leighton 24-Feb-2017 03:50
Some of these need to be dropped.

The Ranch House seems to be chugging along. Has anyone been there?
Jeff 24-Nov-2016 02:57
Jumbo's is also now a piece of Miami folklore and history...
T 18-Jan-2016 21:26
Does anyone remember the name of the little dive across from the fountainbleau wher collins made that L turn?
Jeff 06-Dec-2013 03:57
Wayne Arnold's Royal Castle is closed once again.

I don't know if it was because of a recent robbery or if Wayne Arnold simply decided to retire, so this leaves just the 79th Street Royal Castle (on the site of the old Frank 'n' Bun Drive In) as the last operating location.
Guest 25-Sep-2013 15:00
Mother's Lounge on SW 8th St and LeJeune, in an old wooden two story house. late '60s. Then believe it became a girly joint [Aquarius?]. then knocked down to expand Abraham Chevrolet. Where was The Living Room on 27th Ave? N or S.?????? Tom
Mark 05-Feb-2013 08:44
TOBACCO ROAD. Miami's Oldest Bar, Restaurant & Cabaret. Since 1912
Don Boyd02-Aug-2012 06:08
Thanks for noting that Jimbo's is history, I forgot to remove it when they closed.

Guest 02-Aug-2012 05:42
You need to REMOVE JIMBOS from this list, those pezzonovantes from the city of Miami finally forced poor jimbo out and he's no longer in business. Despite what he says on his website, the city won't even talk to him and his kids have no interests in reviving it. So sad, what a great place.
Don Boyd06-Jun-2011 03:04
Guest, you are so right about Jumbo's. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I have added it to the list.

Guest 05-Jun-2011 15:16
One not mentioned is Jumbo's on 75th Street and NW 7th Ave. While the neighborhood is a ruff and tough one, Bobby is still holding on. During the day its fine and safe! I'm a white boy who goes every week without incident!! Sit with Bobby, he's sure to share a great story and introduce you to a lot of his friends!!
Guest 02-Jan-2011 00:23
I not only remember Evil People, I worked there the whole time it was opened.
zemel 13-May-2010 05:34
I remember from the '50's, Famous Restaurant, which I believe was on Washington near Lincoln Road. It wasn't yet a mall. They had absolutley delicious and slightly high-end Central and Eastern European Jewish food (Kosher-style), including, of course, seltzer bottles on the tables. Does anyone have a photot, postcard or menu of this place?
beckw 20-Apr-2010 06:51
Ref: S&S Diner... just Google "s&s diner miami" and click on images. Lots of pics there.
wbeck 20-Apr-2010 06:48
Does anybody remember Evil People lounge on sw 8th street back in the early 1970s? How about the Living Room lounge, I think it was north on 27th avenue?
gus 26-Aug-2009 20:05
Does anyone have an old picture of the S & S Diner 1757 NE 2nd Ave, Miami been there since 1938?
Michael Shull 07-Jul-2009 15:32
It's great to see shortys still in buisiness and royal castles ate at both in 1970 -72 era
Great memorys!!!!
R.SIMON 21-Mar-2009 18:07