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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Remembering his hangouts

I was hoping you could help me out, if you have time.
Recently, I got back to Virginia (home) after a week of vacation down there with my family.
I lived in the South Grove in the early 90's. 

Trying to remember a few things and was wondering if you could help.

First, what was the bar in the attached picture? It used to have live music and pool tables. Located on Main Hwy. Google Earth shows it no longer has a roof!
Was it the Village Inn? If not, where was the Village Inn?

The other tenant in my duplex was a bartender at Black Jack's. Free Bass Ale all the time, thanks to her.

Oh what a blast it was down there....! I remember a few of the Grove rats I hung out with.

I have a list of places I have compiled with a friend or two, for your comments, if any, below.

Thanks much. Just trying to update my database from years back!

I explained to him that the Village Inn was where Mr. Moe's is now and that the building in the photo is the Bike Shop, at least that's how I know it. Here it is without the roof.

I sent him my comments on the places he listed.

Do you have any memories of these places? I'm sure you do

Black Jack’s
The Tavern
Hungry Sailor
Laughing Loggerhead
Barracuda’s (?)
Tobacco Road
Churchill’s [Hideaway?]
Senor Frog’s
Village Inn
The Lounge

Miami Beach
The Kitchen
Washington Square
The Island Club
The Institute
The Clevelander
The Cameo
The Whiskey
The Spot
Club Nu
“Avenue A” Parties
Mermaid Club/Eden Roc Hotel
Le Loft
The Stephen Talkhouse
The China Club
The Warehouse (?)
Mac’s Club Deuce
The Red Room

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kleidoscope (next to Greenstreet parking space)
Love and Pieces (Commodore Plaza)
Donquixote (Commodore Plaza)
Stringfellows (Mayfair)
Kitchen Club (post office)
Romero Brito (Mayfair)

August 20, 2015 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many remember Bert's grocery store on Commodore?

August 20, 2015 11:02 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Morris said...

( Pictured) I think the last name it was Presto Pub.. just was a plain good old pool has a small upstairs kitchen, only served a few things.. I have a photo of old bartender Rick? cant remember now... but they closed it down cause neighbors across the way - I think late night noise... and it died a long slow death ever since.

August 20, 2015 3:12 PM  
Blogger cmarcucci said...

I think I figured it out, thanks to Kathleen:

"Pronto Pub"

Sounds At Pronto Pub Are Impossible To Ignore
March 15, 1991|By Jeremy Lang, Staff Writer
You can`t just walk into the Pronto Pub. Not on Friday nights, anyway.

You have to dance in. Become, for a few beats, a member of the band. They play in the doorway.

Coconut Grove`s Main Highway has no shortage of appealing, interesting places to sit and hang, eat and drink. The people coagulating outside the Pronto Pub are there because The Fleetwood Starbuck Blues Band is impossible not to see or hear.

Since they are out front anyway, sometimes they stray into the sidewalk crowd, the guitarist playing -- sometimes with the instrument behind his head -- to the delight of those at the sidewalk tables and smiling strollers.

Or maybe it`s the sound -- the virtuoso guitar, drum and sax players ripping through R&B tunes, some covers and some original compositions with hometown flavoring in the lyrics.

Pronto Pub serves drinks. A bottle of domestic beer is $2.25 or so. A good selection of imports -- Foster`s Bitburger, Bass, Pilsner Urquel -- are about $3. Sandwiches for $4.50 are available at the bar or at the few tables for two along the wall.

Service is friendly and attentive: Two bartenders cover a bar that is only 20 feet long. Pronto Pub`s two small rooms are about the size of a living room. The other room is smoky and has a pool table that takes up about half the space.

Customers are Bohemian-looking and dress casually; men often have long, loose hair, or ponytails with a slicked-back look. The Irish-green decor has a college dormroom look, with posters, flags, footballs and pennants.

Next time you`re in the Grove and you want a no-pretense good time, come over here -- pronto.

August 24, 2015 4:14 PM  

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