A South Florida staple is finally getting the recognition it deserves! Flanigan’s was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, declaring it an official historic site!
The National Register is the official federal list of properties deemed worthy of preservation for their importance to local communities. Administered by the National Park Service, the list helps identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.
Over 60 years ago, Flanny’s was opened by Joseph “Big Daddy” Flanigan, whose iconic bearded face can be found all over the restaurant today. As the years went by and other eateries came and went, the legendary institution evolved from Big Daddy’s lounges and liquor stores to more than two dozen Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill locations throughout South Florida.
The restaurant, decorated with nautical gear, fishing nets and all things island vibes, has earned a rather cult-like following for its mouthwatering baby back ribs. Plus, its deals and specials, laid-back atmosphere and reputation for some of the best seafood the city has to offer makes it the perfect spot for locals and visitors alike. But we don’t have to tell you that.
Miami currently has over 100 sites listed on the National Register, from the Biltmore Hotel to the Cape Florida Lighthouse. All 24 Flanigan’s locations have been added to the National Register, including the first-ever Flanigan’s located at 2500 E. Atlantic Blvd in Pompano Beach.
You can click here to learn more about the National Register of Historic Places.
Yeah, sorry, this was an April Fools joke and while we certainly consider Flanigans to be historically significant, it is not on the National Register of Historic Places list… yet!