Neighborhood Joints

David's Cafe to Reopen on Alton Road

Rejoice, South Beach. David's Café is coming back.

In April, the decades-old Cuban institution on Collins Avenue was shuttered because the surrounding construction hurt business, owners said. The closing followed the 2012 darkening of the Lincoln Road location (due to exorbitant rent), a caffeine-and-grease-laced hideaway for locals and tourists alike.

See also: David's Café Closing Sunday After Nearly Four Decades

But in recent days, the café's unmistakable logo popped up in the windows of a space that once housed Avila-Tei, a kosher Japanese restaurant on the corner of Ninth Street and construction-cramped Alton Road.

Owner Adrian Gonzalez couldn't be reached over the weekend; however, the emergence is welcome news for South Beach and especially for the residential west side of the island. It'll join a growing number of neighborhood spots like Michael Pirolo's Macchialina Taverna Rustica, as well as another outpost of the downtown sandwich spot the Daily, slated to open sometime next year.

See also: David's Café Allegedly Owes $80,000 in Wages to Former Employees

Would-be waiters, watch out, though. In 2012, a group of workers protested the original Collins location over an alleged $80,000 in back wages.

David's Café will be located at 919 Alton Rd. in Miami Beach.

(h/t Larry Miller)

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Zachary Fagenson became the New Times Broward-Palm Beach restaurant critic in 2012 before taking up the post for Miami in 2014. He also works as a correspondent for Reuters.
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