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IN RETROSPECT TKTKTKTKTKTKTKTKTKTK ROAD DIARIES Miami's oldest bar was reborn in 2021 with new management, but its infamous legacy as a place to let loose next to gangsters, rockers and local barflies alike lives on. BY JENNY STARR PEREZ LONGTIME MIAMI NATIVES mourned when Tobacco Road – the Magic City's oldest bar with a liquor license dating back to pre- Prohibition – closed its doors in the fall of 2014. In a city synonymous with reinvention and flashy high-profile projects, the Road was a holdover from a bygone era of bootleggers and gangsters, bargoers and brawlers. And though Tobacco Road's glory days are gone, a new chapter is being written and, not surprisingly, the leadership behind the new concet is one of Miami's foremost purveyors of pop culture, Matt Kuscher of Kush Hospitality Group. Reopened in March 2021 in downtown Miami's Brickell area, Kush's tribute to Tobacco Road – 50% pop up, 50% homage and 100% dive bar chic. The slogan is simple, "This ain't the real Tobacco Road." The goal here was not to recreate the original Tobacco Road, surely you can't replicate something with so much history. Though the spirit of the iconic watering hole is completely intact – a spot people can come to eat, drink, reminisce and indulge in a little nostalgia – and have some fun in the process. Available for lunch, dinner and delivery daily, the menu at Tobacco Road by Kush reads like a "greatest hits'' compilation of American bar food, with just the right amount of elevation and a bite of history. A new chapter for iconic Miami bar, Tobacco Road. 160 Spring 2023

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