- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - A landmark restaurant that was the first to integrate in Miami is closing its doors.

Jumbo’s Restaurant served its final plates of fried chicken and soul food on Wednesday.

During segregation, black customers were forced to order from the back of restaurants, including at Jumbo’s. But in 1967, the restaurant became the first to hire black employees and soon became a community staple for customers of all races.

The nationally known James Beard Foundation designated the restaurant an “American Classic” in 2008, one of just three in South Florida.

Through the years, the restaurant survived hurricanes, riots and a truck driving through its front window. It also endured years of white flight.

The owner has sold the property and is retiring to spend more time at home with family.


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