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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:25 pm 
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Keys off South Florida have two out of the top 15-20 rum bars in the country. With the unsubtle naming that seems to occur down there, they are Rum Bar (aka Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn) on Key West, and Rumbar on Key Biscayne. Anyone know the fate of either. I assume that Rumbar is more likely safe, since it is in a big building on the less hit eastern side. However it is low and near the water, so I was wondering. As hard as Key West got hit, I am more worried about Rum Bar, as well as the equally subtly named Key West Distillery and Key West Legal Distillery, along with the more distinctively named Papa's Pilar. Thanks for any info.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:46 pm 
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No idea about Rumbar, but as for the Rum Bar and The Speakeasy Inn, as of about 5 hours ago, there's still been no word. So I guess the short answer is no. All the employees have checked in and seem to be safe and anxious to come back.
However, I heard La Te Da next door came through with minimal damage as did the Hemingway House, which apparently was the biggest concern.
I sent Bahama Bob ( former bartender and rum God ) a text message yesterday but haven't heard back.
Fingers crossed.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:58 pm 
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Peanut Rights Advocate wrote:
No idea about Rumbar, but as for the Rum Bar and The Speakeasy Inn, as of about 5 hours ago, there's still been no word. So I guess the short answer is no. All the employees have checked in and seem to be safe and anxious to come back.
However, I heard La Te Da next door came through with minimal damage as did the Hemingway House, which apparently was the biggest concern.
I sent Bahama Bob ( former bartender and rum God ) a text message yesterday but haven't heard back.
Fingers crossed.

Thanks for the info. I've been following a few mutual friends of Bahama Bob on Facebook, and heard just a note that someone said Bob and Marta are okay. Nothing certain, though, and I realize that the fate of the building (or even being able to go take a look under the circs) is on no one's front burner.
Thaks again.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:15 pm 
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It appears that Bahama Bob and several others are on their way to Colorado for the funeral of a friend. Unfortunate for Bob and the rest of the group, and even sadder for their friend who passed too young, but at least it appears that they all got out of the Keys okay.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:12 pm 
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Bob posts on Facebook that he and Marta and various friends all came through well, and Key West was largely spared from major damage. The boat on which they live came through with almost no damage, and most important of all, the large collection of great rums on the boat is intact. Not A Single Bottle is Broken (although a few seem to have been depleted in post-crisis recovery gatherings with friends).


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:22 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:42 pm 
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Jill at the Rum Bar posted a pic on FB and said she was serving.


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