The Local Bar Guru
Miami actually has plenty of history if you’re interested in learning about it, but with so much flashy and new it can be easy to miss. This team looks for opportunities to bring back local bars and to create unique gems in areas that have declined or become overly touristy. Randy started in the bar/restaurant business by partnering up with Chris and turning his family’s downtown Miami clothing store into a local watering hole called Lost Boy Dry Goods designed with memorabilia from his grandparents’ original 1950s department store. In Miami Beach, they contributed to the renaissance of a pedestrian street called Espanola Way that had become very touristy. Tropezon Miami is a is a beautiful Andalusian tapas and gin bar at the new Esme hotel.
We met Randy Alonso when we found out he was re-opening one of Miami locals’ favorite haunts: Fox’s Lounge. After 7 long years, he and his partner Chris Hudnell of Lost Boy & Co, were bringing us back a piece of Miami history. Fox’s was one of those places everyone who grew up in Dade County seemed to know (and have a story about). They interviewed previous owners, waiters, customers, and managers, so that they could replicate it all – the specials, the cocktails and dark décor would all be the same. Their goal in re-opening Fox’s Lounge was to honor Miami, and this being one of its local legends – they succeeded.
Watch Randy’s interview to get his recommendations on restaurants in downtown Miami and hear stories like when Jimmy Johnson took a call from the owner of the Dallas Cowboys offering him the head coaching position from the payphone on the wall at Fox’s Lounge.
Watch the interview