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Old U.S. Post Office and Courthouse To Be Converted Into Five Levels Of Bars & Restaurants

Old U.S. Post Office and Courthouse To Be Converted Into Five Levels Of Bars & Restaurants

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.

 

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow
So happy with this project. This will become a very cool place to hang out.
Not too many relics remain in Miami. A standing ovation goes to the preservation board for saving this gem.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, just love those early 1900’s architecture. Very nice.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami’s version of Mercado de San Miguel… very cool!.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Although I am a big proponent of new development and cannot stand preservationists that want to save everything just because it is old, I could not be happier about this project. I think it will be a fun and amazing place to hang out. This building is a throw back to the 1920’s and it is only fitting it will be open again for our roaring 20’s.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Agree.
A lot of the times, preservationist want to stop progress by forcing to keep properties without any real merit. What is happening in North Miami Beach is very sad; old buildings, without any real architectural significance, blocking new development and capital flow to an exceptional location.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Funny how back in those days that area of Downtown looked even more alive than now, with a lot of people walking and commerce.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Because it was more alive at the street level. Now they’re lined with giant soul sucking parking pedestals…

Those pictures shows the same scale that south beach has.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Shheesshh… no! It’s because downtowns were the main places of entertainment, shopping, and commerce back then. You’re looking at an era before the creation of Malls.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Downtowns or rather, city centers back then didn’t have parking lots. Obviously there was foot traffic and liveliness. The biggest enemy of urban activity is the parking lot.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The United States of America didn’t have nowhere near the amount of vehicles driving around that you now see. Also, as you can see in the pictures, back then people had the convenience of getting around downtown on streetcars.

Anonymous
Anonymous

In 1900 they didnt have air conditioning, so everyone lived as close to the ocean breeze as possible. Affordable automobiles didnt exist either.

In those days, the whiners didnt whine about parking pedestals, my guess is that they whined about the smell and disease of the horses taking dumps all along Flagler Street.

Oh… the good old days….

Anonymous
Anonymous

Blame the car. Brought obvious good and changed civilization but also distanced everything. People no longer had to be close together just to live, they could now drive 10-20 minutes from outside the city.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah, the car companies control our lives now

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yea and you could actually park your car on the curb then… now the city don’t even want you to do that without paying or getting your car towed!

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Post War American Dream and the American Automakers lobbyists Killed the American Cities.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes people, Miami once had lightrail running throughout it’s downtown.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Streetcars*

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re right, but, basically the same thing.

Anonymous
Anonymous

i’m very excited about all these projects, a lot of areas in miami dade county are being transformed. unfortunately third world culture is growing and our streets and sidewalks are very dirty people throw all kind of objects on the floor.something that really bothers me is to see all these supermarket carts thrown on the side walks. we need to get involved and presure our local government to keep our neighborhoods clean. plese call 311 and report garbage thrown on the streets and sidewalks and call leonard salazar at 305 470-5498 to report garbage thrown on the expressways

Anonymous
Anonymous

YES PLEASE!!!!!! Between the WorldCenter, Brightline, Okan, Waldorf Astoria, etc etc etc (AND AMAZON??) – downtown will be so much fun!

Downtown Miami DNA
Downtown Miami DNA

Don’t worry, we at the downtown DNA will allow you to have all the fun you want before the 6pm curfew we will be proposing.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, we are out to kill any kind of fun in the entire city whether it be Gambling, Nite Clubs, Concerts like ULTRA, Bars, Late night dining, or anything else that you people aspire to have fun doing.

signed
Christian Consevatives

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nah, just NIMBYs.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lol in your list only Brightline is real

peej
peej

Adaptive-Use-101 right here, Bravo!

Anonymous
Anonymous

i think miami police should get involved and enforce civil discipline in this city full of people with a mentality from other places. i am not against immigration, I actually, would enforce immigrants taking a course of social integration, civics in general.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“i think miami police should get involved and enforce civil discipline in this city full of people with a mentality from other places.”

But, the Miami Police Department is also “full of people” from other places.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They’re legal and most were born here.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Please, I’ve met many that weren’t.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Check your spelling and grammar before discriminate people who came from other countries.

Anonymous
Anonymous

?

Anonymous
Anonymous

It the proposed traffic will bring alot of foot traffic to the area and I would go to it as well.

Anonymous
Anonymous

most will probably be dropped of at the door by uber

Anonymous
Anonymous

Downtown Miami become more livable day by day.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Amazing!! Congrats to all involved and thank you!!

Polo
Polo

Good news for this beautiful building.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wasn’t the brewery already approved?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hopefully the Historic and Environmental Preservation Board aren’t super picky and make this proposal go to hell and back until it gets approved.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I want to see the ledges and steps fixed, destroyed over the years by street skateboarders grinding on them, and sidewalk impregnated with bum urine. A beautiful building like this deserves much better, and hopefully this will revitalize it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Please make this truly wheelchair-accessible.
Last renovation treated people with disabilities like third class citizens.
A great place needs great access.
Historic buildings are NOT an excuse for ignoring the mobility rights of all.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Any idea on a timeline? I think this will be good for the area

Anonymous
Anonymous

The segregation in that picture! Such beautiful architecture from an ugly period of time.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hope there’s parking nearby…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nice pics — the good old days always looks better than nowadays

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah…probably because they had to use film and were limited to 12 pictures in any daylight session! No time or money for food pix or selfies.

Anonymous
Anonymous

bad

Anonymous
Anonymous

why, let me guess, noise?