The cocktails are flowing at Tobacco Road in Miami Wednesday night, just like they have since 1912. But that will come to an end on October 25th when the iconic Miami establishment closes.
The bar has seen traffic decline in recent years as construction continues to go up all around the bar. Staffers said the 140-year-old building is literally falling apart, so the time to get out is now. But, all is not lost for the bar or it’s legions of patrons.
It’s not quite the end of the road for the establishment. A new Tobacco Road will be built with all of the history from the first one.
“We’re going to raise enough money initially to save all of the historic elements,” said Tobacco Road spokesman James Goll. “We’re going to take the bar top from outside. We’re taking the façade, the neon signs.”
Still, it’s going to be a tough haul for some of the workers and the customers.
“I grew up in Miami. I had my first beer here,” said Leo Holtzman. “I used to come up to the old upstairs before we redid it.”
“It won’t be the same place,” said Erin Hansman. “It won’t be the same, but I think we can handle it.”
Ownership said after Tobacco Road closes, the bar food will be sold in food trucks and construction will begin on the new Tobacco Road.