Cap's Place

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Cap's Place
Caps-place.jpg
Outside tables with Intracoastal Waterway view
Cap's Place is located in Florida
Cap's Place
Cap's Place is located in the US
Cap's Place
Location Lighthouse Point, Florida
Coordinates 26°16′05.78″N 80°04′54.77″W / 26.2682722°N 80.0818806°W / 26.2682722; -80.0818806Coordinates: 26°16′05.78″N 80°04′54.77″W / 26.2682722°N 80.0818806°W / 26.2682722; -80.0818806
NRHP Reference # 90001227
Added to NRHP August 10, 1990

Cap's Place is a historic site in Lighthouse Point, Florida. On August 10, 1990, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The building is located at 2980 Northeast 31st Avenue and currently serves as a restaurant. Since there is no parking at the site, restaurant patrons must park vehicles at the lot located at 27 Northeast 28th Court and use the complimentary boat shuttle to the building.

History[edit]

The roots of this establishment began as a rum-running restaurant and gambling casino, nestled on an island in the Florida bush. Originally opening in 1928 as Club Unique, this was the oldest restaurant in Broward County. Cap’s Place was owned by Captain Theodore Knight, one of the earliest settlers in the Lighthouse Point area and a colorful character in Broward County’s history. Among some of the notables who visited the restaurant were Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Al Capone, Meyer Lansky, the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers, Casey Stengel, George Harrison, Errol Flynn, Susan Hayward, Gloria Swanson, Mariah Carey, "Norm" from the television show "Cheers", P. Casey "Possum" Coston, and Joe Namath.

References and external links[edit]

Cap's Place Island Restaurant website