Over the course of 31 years, the King Stable Bar and Lounge, on NE 54th Street and Miami Avenue, evolved into one of the more prominent watering holes among black Miamians. The clientele was solidly older, working- and middle-class. Postal employees, schoolteachers, and politicians frequented the saloon, drawn by the dark tiled bar, the kitchen's fried chicken and conch, a jukebox filled with old-school standards like Sam Cooke and Ruth Brown, and a mature, no-nonsense atmosphere. It had about it a 1950s air of dignity. The bar's proprietor, Adolph King, Jr., worked hard to make it a respectable establishment set on a dicey corner of Little Haiti. Hand-painted signs above the door told the story: No Loitering, No Guns, No Drugs. King also was a strict taskmaster regarding dress code -- absolutely no shorts and tennis shoes on the weekends. He may have relented a bit during the week, but, depending on his mood, you risked rejection at any time if you were... More >>>