Post Office Development LLC has submitted plans to restore the Old U.S. Post Office and Courthouse in downtown Miami with a new project called the Republic Entertainment Bureau.
If Miami’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board approves the plan, the four-story building, which was once known as the most modern federal building south of Washington D.C., will be rebuilt to include bars, restaurant space and a microbrewery.
Several tenants will run the space, according to a letter from the developer’s lawyer. Biscayne Bay Brewing Company has already been announced for the third floor.
The plans show a new outdoor dining area built over a portion of the ground level entry stairs. The center of the ground level will be occupied by a bar and juice bar, while the basement level will be mostly lounge space.
The second floor will include a market area with a cheese and wine display area, and additional lounge and bar areas, along with a hookah area.
On the third floor, a barrel room, cold room, dry goods room, and space for tanks will be built to accommodate the microbrewery. There will also be another bar and seating area, along with video games, shuffle board, game tables and a juke box. The fourth floor also includes more bar and lounge areas
The Historic and Environmental Preservation Board will review the plans on November 6. The building was completed between 1912 and 1914 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.