Thursday June 23, 2005
We were just about to write a glowing review of Smitty’s Diner, when word comes down that it’s CLOSING.
Argh! Just the place with the best damned biscuits ‘n gravy, most comfortable booths, and a few short minutes’ drive north of downtown. We’re guessing some greedy-ass developers made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Ed Bell says:
Myra and Ted Tampouris have owned Miami’s famous diner, Smitty’s, for the past eleven years. Nourishing South Floridians in more ways than one, since 1941, Smitty’s has been a meeting place to dine and conduct business for the local media (WPLG-Channel 10, WSVN-Channel 7, The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, WLRN-Channel 17 and WLRN Radio), Miami-Dade School administrators, teachers and employees and Miami-Dade governmental employees among others. The diner’s walls attest to the celebrities that have supped there over the years with dozens of autographed pictures.
The diner will close its doors for the last time on Saturday, July 2nd. Longtime patrons and well-wishers will fill the restaurant to say goodbye to Myra, Ted, Ray, Emmy, Raquel, Josh and staff and to thank them for their years of service to South Floridians providing them with tasty, fresh food and a wonderful, warm and inviting environment in which to commune.
Please tune in to WLRN’s (91.3 Fm) South Florida Arts Beat (SFAB) tomorrow (Friday), June 24th at 1:00pm (actual broadcast of the Smitty’s segment at about 1:48pm) to hear a loving tribute to the diner and its staff by SFAB contributor Chris DeAngelis.
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Hope to see you at Smitty’s on Saturday, July 2nd as we say goodbye to a grand old Mom & Pop eatery near and dear to our hearts.