cbs4 My 33 Header Logo

Local

Settling City Suit, Grove’s Mr. Moe’s To Stay Open Til 5 a.m.

View Comments
Mr. Moe's Restaurant & Bar

(credit: mrmoes.com)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Top Spots For Key Lime Pie

COCONUT GROVE (CBSMiami) – Late night Coconut Grove carousers will once again have a place to call home.

After nearly four years of closing at 3 a.m., the iconic Mr. Moe’s Restaurant and Bar on Commodore Plaza will return to a 5 a.m. closing time, according to CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald.

Mr. Moe’s owner John El-Masry has been locked in a nasty legal battle with the city since 2008 when the commissioners passed a law stopping alcohol sales after 3 a.m. in the Center Grove. El-Masry retaliated by filing a lawsuit, saying the city should not have revoked his permit.

They agreed. On December 15 commissioners agreed to allow Mr. Moe’s to stay open until 5 a.m. and pay El-Masry $10,000 for his troubles and legal fees. El-Masry says he is out about 100 times that amount in lost business, but he is glad the issue is resolved.

“I’m very grateful that we settled this thing. I didn’t want it to drag on,” El-Masry said. “This was a nasty, knock-down fight with the city. I don’t want to be the disgruntled business owner anymore. I want to move forward in a positive direction.”

Under the settlement with the city, the bar’s extended hours would be null and void if anyone other than El-Masry owns the establishment. Mr. Moe’s is also the only business in the area allowed to sell alcohol until 5 a.m.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed material for this report)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus