New Owner, Same Vibe for Fox's Sherron Inn

Fox's Sherron Inn, the least lit bar in South Florida, has new owners for only the second time since Harry S. Truman was president. Former owner Matt Andrews, whose family bought the dive bar (and we say that with the most possible love) from Betty Fox in the mid-1960s, said Venezuelan businessman Rene Dahdah bought the place in December of last year.

"It was time to move on. Time to let it go," Andrews says. He didn't move far though or let go for too long, as he agreed to stay on as general manager of the South Miami bar, at least for the next couple of years. There have been some minor renovations in the back rooms and a couple of snazzy new happy hour nights -- including Felt Tip Tuesdays (where two artists duel) and a Smiths dedication night -- but Andrews says new owners won't change what made it an institution for barflies for more than six decades.

"It's still Fox's," Andrews reassures. "That's one of the reasons I stayed. To make sure the transition was smooth and so that the new owners would understand what Fox's was all about." For the uninitiated, that means blood-red cushions in some of the deepest booths around, reading menus by candlelight (or match light), and the stiffest drinks this side of a moonshine bathtub. "We pour heavy. Heavier than any other place," Andrews says, adding that they don't use any goofy jiggers to measure alcohol. "It's all freehand." Here here!

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