Construction Now Underway At Julia and Henry’s In Historic 1936 Downtown Walgreens

Julia and Henry’s, a multi-level food, beverage, and entertainment complex, is now under construction at downtown Miami’s historic Walgreens building.

The 1936 Walgreens building is being converted into a new space with bar, restaurant, entertainment and other uses.

Daniel Pena-Giraldi of developer Stambul told The Next Miami that construction at Julia and Henry’s has already started, with the first phase expected to open by the end of the year.

Julia and Henry’s will have a total of seven levels and include:

  • A basement speakeasy bar
  • Three levels filled of restaurant concepts
  • Music driven collaborative space on the 4th and 5th floor including recording studios, rehearsal rooms, a tattoo shop and podcast enabled spaces
  • A 5,000 square foot rooftop restaurant by a celebrity Michelin star chef featuring stunning views of Miami and Biscayne Bay

School of Whales, a fintech startup, is allowing investors to buy a stake in the project for as little as $500, according to a press release.

A construction permit was issued in August, city records show.

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Would love to see the rooftop render but regardless this is very exciting news especially paying homage to Miami’s founders and should be a major catalyst in downtowns resurgance!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’ll pass on the toilet themed bar. That concept just stinks…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol… I see this being a main attraction for the Instagram influencer brigade.

POLO
1 month ago

Glad to see this beautiful building come to life again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This has a lot of potential to add more character to the Flagler district!

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is amazing. All of downtown needs to be brought back to life. I just moved to Miami and while I’ve been following development in the city closely for years, seeing in person how Miami let its Historic Central Business District rot while investing billions into entirely new neighborhoods is still jarring. Flagler Street should be Wall Street South, but it’s easier to build new in Brickell than to renovate or build new in the close quarters of the CBD I suppose.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agreed! I have been living in Downtown Miami since 2007 waiting for the area to light up and be all that it can be. I get so frustrated when I see that Wynwood was revamped in such a small period of time and that we are still waiting on Downtown! Can’t understand it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hope Mana follow up with his plan at some point in his lifetime. He’s not exactly 21…

Realtalk Reilly
1 month ago

“Historic 1936 Downtown Walgreens” makes it sound like it was originally a Walgreens when it opened in 1936 — is that true? The 1930s is when the Chicago-based Walgreen’s chain started expanding nationwide, so it is possible.

If so, in my opinion Walgreens missed a nice opportunity here. Given the recent trend of them opening new locations everywhere, they should’ve gone back and re-occupied this historic property. Downtown tourists might dig a restored “original Walgreens,” with a vintage lunch counter / soda fountain serving classic malted milkshakes and whatnot.

Oh well. The new re-design and use of the building looks pretty cool. Glad they didn’t tear it down!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agreed, especially when the location a block to the west which replaced it is crap. Walgreen’s also had a former location across from the current at Miami Avenue (where that 7-Eleven used to be), which might have predated this one, if I recall correctly from some old postcards and Sanborn maps.

I’m glad Mana didn’t buy it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I remember when it was a epoch store and bought a polo from it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

La Epoca

Anonymous
1 month ago

No kidding? What color was it? Do you still have that Polo? Did you ever pop thr collar?

Anonymous
1 month ago

I remember when I ordered 6 plain white Fruit of the Loom t-shirts from Walmart.com.

Anonymous
1 month ago

More of this, please. Like, restore the original portion of Burdine’s at the northeast corner of Miami Avenue and Southwest 1st Street that Ross doesn’t use, to its 1912 appearance for lofts.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Will include ‘Stunning views of Biscayne Bay” ??? :/

Anonymous
1 month ago

Trust me, it’ll be ICONIC!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, from the rooftop

Anonymous
1 month ago

Cool concept – hope they do well

Anonymous
1 month ago

When will you talk about the stalled Miami women’s club restaurant project?

Anonymous
1 month ago

It would have been nice to use the space as market too; small butcher, fish, cheese, grains, spices. Like Epicure or Markys.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exciting, did they ever finish the old post office? I saw the ETA was 2020 Q3 still. Also, I agree, the toilet bar… I cant imagine how many drunks might make a mess of the place in the least desirable way possible.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Next month will open to the public the first concept of the Post Office

Anonymous
1 month ago

The old post office, what a joke!!! Still waiting on Biscayne Brewery to open up, it was announced in 2018 and nothing. The only hope is that on their pale ale can there’s a picture with the address of this location.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I love this curvy design buildings. Too miamian.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The project looks incredible! I am totally investing to own a piece of this!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Gonna be lit during Ultra.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yawn

Anonymous
1 month ago

Is there really enough of a demand for this much space especially in a area which is mostly dead past 7pm

Anonymous
1 month ago

Says the person from Doral or Kendall.

Miami donk rider
1 month ago

Im from liberty city unlike yall lames

Anaonymous
1 month ago

haha

Anonymous
1 month ago

There will be in 8 years time

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m sure the concept can hold out until then… :/

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hopefully in eight years, Mana will be out of the picture.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Build it and they will come

Anonymous
1 month ago

As someone who lives a block from here, it’s very much not dead past 7pm. Maybe 10 years ago when you last came to downtown

Casey
1 month ago

You could’ve applied that same thinking to Wynwood before it blew up. This is accessible to tons of people. Fantastic project.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This area is not dead pst 7pm. It’s actually full of students from MDC and locals, I’m on of them. Also, with Miami Worldcenter right next to it, the whole downtown is set to become the place to be.

Anonymous
1 month ago

*Pardon the typos

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m a student at MDC and yeah it’s not dead past 7pm. I just wish people would stop hating on DT because with that WorldCenter and now this, I think it’ll bring lots of people back to the area. All we need now is to fill up those vacant shops on flagler and clean up the area by the courthouse a bit. We can have one of he best downtown in like 5-10 years i bet

Anonymous
1 month ago

Mana is killing downtown. Miami Worldcenter will bring lots of people a few blocks from here.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Go to Lost Boy in downtown, it’s always packed when I go…If you build it they will come.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And they are coming!! I often walk downtown and I see so much more foot traffic. Imagine once Miami Worldcenter is fully occupied with stores!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m so excited to see all these pedestrian friendly areas they’re adding to the area. But they definitely need to make sure there’s plenty of shade by the world center and this cus this miami heat is not playing

Anonymous
1 month ago

I mean, buildings keep on opening downtown and each one brings in about 1,000 new residents. This area is actually pretty active already probably till 10pm but I sure hope to see Miami a more 24/7 city like NYC. Ideally restaurants and coffee shops should stay open till much later.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Jeez when is the last time you came downtown?!?

Gotham Refugee
1 month ago

It’s dead because there is nothing to do. There are many residential buildings within easy walking distance.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nothing to do?!? Have you been downtown lately?

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Is there really enough of a demand…”
Yes. You should check ot this blog called “The Next Miami”. They write about new residential towers in the CBD every other day. 300-400 units per building.
Check it out.

Anonymous
1 month ago

🤣