Tobacco Road 100 Years Old -- First Bar In Miami - Belongs In "Booze Who"

                                 During Prohiition, Al Capone used it as a speakeasy hideout.

That's for openers. Tobacco Road was a desolate working-man's watering hole during the Great Depression. When the country was at war, Tobacco Road could give a soldier peace of mind. It's seen it all.
Picture the Chief of Police as the owner of the bar converted into a gambling den. Wild and Wooly like B.S. Pully. My friend Rhoda Haber had the nickname "Tobacco Rhoda" so she held many an affair grande at the bar without surrendering her real statistics. Her bust entered a tavern a foot ahead of her.

Ken Myers (who later became a state senator), said his father was head of the Jewish Federation so he couldn't go along with her play-ploy. They had a Saturday afternoon radio show at WMBM on the Causeway.

The Cat Mountain Four", headlining at the Olympia, felt right at home. They played in spring 1949, carried their fiddles and walked down to the "Road" for a few snorts and back to the Olympia theatre.

More deals were done by politicians in the room because nobody paid attention to what everyone else was doing.

Considered Miami's oldest bar, the "Road" has survived 10 decades of change; within its historic walls, and through the many adaptations of the neighborhood. Although Pirates were part of the party persons who tried to drown themselves in liquor didn't have far to sink. A man high up in theatre business had a thing going with the star of the strip joint and blue bar. It also had been a gay bar. But who could tell? Everybody looked happy.

Thousands of empty acres await what's next and no one at the Road has a clue or if they do, they've been paid off. For now, go to 600 S. Miami Ave. and see if you can kill some germs.

On Nov. 3, a musical game to end all games will occur when the Road Warriors will compete with the Red Bull Flug Tag with a flying birthday cake lunged into Biscayne Bay in Bayfront park.