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OVERTOWN HISTORY

Overtown is a unique and historically rich neighborhood that we are honored to be a part of. We invite you to please join us and share in the spirit of Overtown at Red Rooster, where Chef Marcus Samuelsson brings his passion for food to the neighborhood.

During the Fifties and early Sixties, the nightlife of Overtown surpassed the energy and celebration of today’s South Beach neighborhood. Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, and many more superstars performed in Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater and Knight Beat. Following the performances these artist and visiting celebrities would convene across the street at Clyde Killens’ iconic pool hall, now site of Red Rooster Overtown, to join Muhammad Ali, then young Cassius Clay, Sammy Davis Junior and their contemporaries for late night music and socializing. It was not only a destination, but also a neighborhood staple, a place to see and be seen.
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