Remember these long-lost South Florida restaurants?

By Ron Hurtibise

South Florida might be the restaurant capital of the universe.

The deep repository of dining choices we enjoy today — representing just about every cuisine in the world fused innumerable ways — was preceded by a rich lineup of eateries catering to residents and tourists alike.

Some lasted decades, while other flamed out quickly. But all were forged by their owners’ grit, determination, belief and a desire to please.

Pier 66 Restaurant & Lounge — Fort Lauderdale

Exuding Rat Pack cool, Pier 66 Restaurant & Lounge was a swinging place in the 1950s and '60s, man. It was built in 1957 by the Phillips Petroleum Co. at the behest of its chairman, K.S. "Boots" Adams, while he lived on the Intracoastal Waterway.


The site of the old Pier 66 Restaurant & Lounge is now home to Grille 66, a restaurant and bar on the westernmost point of the 22-acre resort and marina complex.


Read the full Sun Sentinel article HERE.

Jessi Blakley