CORAL GABLES, Fla. (WSVN) — If you’re a Coral Gables or South Miami local, then you know that inside the historic “Allen’s Drugs” on Red Road is S&S Diner South. Unfortunately, it’s now closing for good.
In August of 2009, owners Nancy Cajaraville and Carlos Cardona took over S&S Diner South on Bird Road.
Since then, S&S inside Allen’s has been a staple for good old fashioned breakfast and lunch food. After Allen’s decided they would not renew their lease, S&S Diner South, which was subleasing the space, was left with no options.
Thursday, S&S Diner South officially announced on Facebook that they would be closing their doors permanently on July 24.
The statement read, “For reasons beyond our control, it is with great sadness that we announce that we will be closing our doors permanently at 4000 S.W. 57 Ave. on July 24th, 2016. The owner of the strip mall did not want to offer us the opportunity to sign a new lease. We were told there are plans to allow the Spanish restaurant [Delicias de Espana] to expand, taking over the complete space. We were on a sublease with Allen’s since they decided they would not renew their lease that gives us no options … Given the fact that we were there nearly a decade and having met all our responsibilities in that time, we assumed that it would not be a problem obtaining an independent lease. That was not the case. My biggest heartache comes from watching a piece of history fade away just like many places in our beautiful city.”
The announcement comes a few months after the famous neon “DRUGS” sign suddenly disappeared off the corner of South Red Road and Bird Road.
According to the statement, the owners have plans of relocating in the future.
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