Openings

Cipriani Downtown Miami to Open in May (Photos)

In the 1920s, bartender Giuseppe Cipriani loaned a customer a tidy sum of money (especially for a bartender). Harry Pickering, a wealthy Bostonian, was a "frequent flier" of Cipriani's. Maybe too steady for his American family's tastes. After learning he was frittering away much of the family fortune, Pickering was cut off without a cent, and Cipriani offered a loan.

Flash-forward a few years, and the grateful Bostonian repaid the bartender nearly tenfold, giving Cipriani enough money to open his own place. Thus, the iconic Harry's Bar opened in 1931 and immediately became the haunt of authors, celebrities, and beautiful people in search of a good drink, brilliant conversation, and fun times.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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