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1941 Courtesy of Larry Zink

1941 - Zink's Fountain Luncheonette at NW 7th Avenue and 48th Street, Miami (story below photo)

NW 7th Avenue and 48th Street, Miami, Florida

Thank you to Larry Zink for contributing this great old image taken by his father. Larry says that it was the home of the first malted milk shake by Borden's Dairy.

Larry says that his father and mother, Kenneth and Ann Zink moved to Miami in the 1930's. He said that this luncheonette opened in 1940 and sold later but he doesn't remember when. He says that his dad would start a business, build it up and then sell it and go on to a new business. Larry says that his dad's first bar, The Grove Inn was at 1480 NW 27th Avenue, across the street from the Tropical Hobbyland Indian Village and that Walt Disney would come there when he lived in Miami.

After the luncheonette was sold his dad and mom opened Zink's Diner at NE 2nd Avenue and 79th Street in Little River. The diner was sold around 1949 and then his parents opend the Midway Bar on Flagler Street and Red Road. His dad died shortly thereafter in 1950 at the age of 40 and is buried in Dayton, Ohio.

Larry's mother Ann then opened a bar called the River Inn on North River Drive next to the bridge about six blocks north of Flagler Street. She later remarried and sold that bar. She passed away in 1997 at the age of 88 and is buried in Miami.

Larry says that Chuck Zink's family moved to Miami after his family and they were distant kin and he never met Chuck. he also says that his parents were friends with the son of Al Capone. The son had a print shop across from the Zink's Diner in Little River and that he was a really nice person and not like his father.

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Bill19-Oct-2010 00:23
I used to go to Zinks all the time when i was growing up in that neighborhood, I lived on Nw 46th st and I would swear that Zinks was on the sw corner of N.W. 7th Ave and 46th St. Anyhow the pictures are great and Don Boyd's website is wonderful
Bill Barimo