Jimbo's Place nostalgia hits after James 'Jimbo' Luznar dies

Social media users share memories of a former hideaway for pirates

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

MIAMI - James "Jimbo" Luznar, who ran Jimbo's Place in Virginia Key for decades, died of complications with Alzheimer's disease Wednesday. He was 89. 

When the Maryland native left a small business that he established in 1954 to make way for the former Miami Herald building in the 1960s, he found refuge in Virginia Key.

Armed with what seemed like a never ending supply of cheap beer, fishing baits and smoked fish, Luznar developed a following.

For lovers of clandestine spots, Jimbo's Place was Miami's best kept secret. The adjacent area had a privileged view of downtown.

Graffiti writers liked to spray paint the abandoned wacky things he collected. And after it closed, Gramps, a bar in Miami's Wynwood, celebrated his last birthday. 

"Jimbo. You're a SoFla legend,"  Lauren Hartog said on Twitter. "A cold beer will be had in your honor."

Friends and family will celebrate Luznar's life July 17 at Gramps in Wynwood.

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