The Miami Herald reports the announcement was made Monday by the National Parks Service. Carl Shiver, Historic Preservationist at the Florida Division of Historical Resources, confirmed that the Vagabond was added to the register on December 29, 2014.
Although the motel and adjoining restaurant have just been recognized for their historical importance and fine representation of period MiMo architecture, it was only recently that the Vagabond reopened after an extensive restoration by developer Avra Jain.
Vagabond Restaurant's Alvaro Perez Miranda says the National Register of Historic Places designation is "another component to bring visitors to Biscayne Boulevard."
The partner in the restaurant, that opened just a month ago says that, although the eatery has found a niche with local foodies, he thinks that being in a structure that's recognized for its cultural value and artistic design will help not only his restaurant, but the entire Biscayne corridor. "I think the word will now spread internationally and people will come from all over. Not only are we a destination for food, we are a national landmark. We're thrilled and honored to be a part of that."
Though nearly 200 Miami-Dade structures and parks have been listed on the registry by the National Parks Service, very few restaurants made the list. Notable additions to the NPS's registry include the S&S Diner, the Biltmore Hotel, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, the Seminole Cafe & Hotel in Homestead, and Lincoln Road Mall, where tourists and locals can partake of eateries like Meat Market, Seredipity 3, and Doraku Sushi.
Follow us on Facebook at Miami New Times Food & Drink.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.