Four popular spots around Miami you didn’t know were black-owned

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Miami is the type of city where you find a new venue or establishment that you really like, and it’s hot one minute and a couple of months later you check it out again expecting to find the same level of energy and good vibe only to find that it’s closed down, and if it’s not closed then the crowd has changed and faded away or it’s no longer the hot spot anymore. Crescendo Jazz & Blues Lounge and South Street Restaurant ring a bell?

For Black History Month, Noire Miami created the ultimate guide on events and activities that celebrate the history, heritage, and contributions of African-Americans in this country. Since nice, black-owned establishments in Miami are far and few in between and as the month-long Black History Month celebrations come to an end, we put together a list of popular establishments around Miami that most people don’t know are black-owned. And these establishments have been around long enough to not be a fly by night hot spot.

Room Service Lounge
How many black-owned nightclubs do you know of on South Beach? Room Service Lounge is probably one of the only ones that comes to mind. Housed in the same space as the former Club Bed, Room Service opened in the summer of 2012 by black entrepreneurs, Quincy Beneche and Tamara Young and has hosted parties with some of the biggest names in music and entertainment. It’s a hotel-themed dining venue meant to resemble a sexy hotel lobby with bellhop greeters and sexy french maids and transforms into one of the most popular nightclubs on South Beach by night. Room Service is located at 929 Washington Ave, Miami Beach with more information available at, by phone at (305) 763-8330, and online at

Morgan’s Restaurant
The chicken and waffle sandwich is my favorite and the raspberry stuffed french toast comes a close second. Morgan’s, the popular Wynwood restaurant known for its mouth watering brunch menu and housed in a modest looking building that is barely noticeable from the street is owned by a married couple and the husband, Barclay Effs, is Jamaican-American. Service is great, the food is even greater, and whether you choose to dine out in the patio or inside, the ambience is relaxing and Wynwood-chic without the South Beach fluff. Morgan’s is located at 28 NE 29th St in Wynwood.

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
If you want to throw down on some serious BBQ, the kind where you leave a trail of white napkins spotted with BBQ sauce, then Brother Jimmy’s BBQ is your spot. And it’s located right in Mary Brickell Village. ‘Put Some South in Yo Mouth!’ is their claim to fame and they live by it. The New York restaurant chain opened on July 2012 by three former Hurricanes players – Miami native, Haitian-American, and New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma; Miramar native, Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason; and Denver Broncos linebacker DJ Williams. Brother Jimmy’s is located at 900 S Miami Ave, Miami.
Little Havana to Go
Right in the heart of Little Havana on Calle Ocho and next to Domino Park where retired Cuban men play dominoes and smoke cigars is Little Havana to Go, a souvenir shop with everything Miami and popular among tourists who hop off their tour buses for trinkets and Miami favors to bring back home. Owned by a black family, the retail business also includes  Miami To Go and Cultures To Go with a total of five locations to include Miami International Airport and Bayside Marketplace. Little Havana to Go is located at 1442 SW 8th St, Miami and the airport location is located at the South terminal.