Shorty’s Bar-BQ Property Sold In Miami For $ 14.5 Million

The flagship of Miami’s Captain Shorty’s Bar-BQ, which has been in operation since 1951, has been sold to Miami developers for $ 14.5 million.

Yesterday, the South Florida Business Journal announced the transaction, in which property developers Florida Value Partners and Atlantic Pacific Companies bought Shorty’s at 9200 S. Dixie Highway and the adjacent property at 9180 S. Dixie Highway.

Before you get in the car to get a farewell plate with ribs, know that the sale will not affect Shorty’s – at least in the foreseeable future.

Shorty’s CEO Mark Vassturo assures New Times that the 70-year-old grill bar will continue to show off its slow-smoked meat, which is loved by generations of Miami ancestors. “The restaurant stays where it is,” says Vasturo. “We have a lease.”

Vasturo adds that Shorty’s did its due diligence before the real estate transaction took place. “We’ve had many offers over the years for that property, but many have not included the perpetuation of Shorty’s.”

The restaurant manager says trust was built over time, with a key fact that sealed the deal: “They are big Shortys fans.”

Vasturo and the team behind Shorty’s are well aware of the restaurant’s historical significance. “We were there before Dadeland,” he notes. “Everything was built around Shorty’s.”

Asked about the potential use of the property, Vasturo says that if and / or when the new property owners expand, Shorty’s will be part of the plan. “This may take several years, but they want Shorty’s to be a part of all plans. The bottom line is that Shorty’s is not going anywhere.”

EL “Shorty” Allen opened the restaurant in 1951. The original structure was replaced in 1971 after a fire, and the restaurant was sold in 1980, but the restaurant remained a fixture of old Miami, valued for its hickory-smoked ribs and chicken and friendly, relaxed mood. Shorty Allen died in 2013 at the age of 104.

Shorty’s now has three additional locations, in Westchester (11575 SW 40th St.), Doral (2255 NW 87th Ave.) and Davie (5989 S. University Dr.).

Shorty’s Bar-BQ. 9200 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest; 305-670-7732;


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