Jimbo's on Virginia Key Closes Up Shop

After nearly 60 years in business, famed watering hole closes for good

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012  |  Updated 9:06 AM EDT
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Jimbo's on Virginia Key is closing after nearly 60 years in business.

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A historic Miami bar that served as a filming spot for numerous movies and TV shows has finally closed after nearly 60 years in business.

Miami City Manager Johnny Martinez ordered the site of Jimbo's on Virginia Key closed Monday at the request of its owner, James Luznar, city spokesman Angel Zayon said.

Zayon said the request came in a letter from Luznar's daughter, Gail Araujo, who has power of attorney. Araujo has said Luznar, who is set to turn 85 this year, suffers from health problems.

Araujo asked that the site be closed to the public and secured so that the family can safely remove mementos and personal belongings.

Luznar opened the famed watering hole and shrimp shack back in 1954, and it quickly became a hot spot for everyone from sailors and beach bums to politicians and movie stars.

Over the years Jimbo's served as the backdrop for films, including "Ace Ventura" and "True Lies," and TV shows, including "Flipper," "Miami Vice," "CSI Miami" and "Burn Notice."

A 2009 electrical fire prompted the city to cut off power. Jimbo's remained open on generator power, but Araujo said the costs of running the business have gotten too high. 

Other family members said they hope to turn Jimbo's into a historic landmark

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