The Springs Restaurant hit by the flood of Oct 12, 1947 – (Photo courtesy Miami Springs Historical Society and Museum.)

Before HUNTERS, “Where Hunter Meets Huntress”, it was The Springs Restaurant at the foot of Westward Dr in Miami Springs. It had been opened only a week when the flood of Oct 12, 1947 hit (photo). It was originally managed by Charles Thompson. In 1951 owner Grant Foster who also owned a multinational construction company that helped widen the Panama Canal & build the Pan American Highway expanded the building to the east. Charles Thompson & Andy Soma became owners & in 1952 Art Bruns bought it & along with Walter Carey ran it until Bruns opened the Miami Springs Villas in 1953. It was known as both The Springs Restaurant & The Springs Steakhouse & was in operation until 1967-68. By 1969 Big Daddy’s occupied the location, then Hunters, Ricky T’s, The Lair, Flannigans, The Big Tomato and now Sushi Sake.

Visit the Miami Springs Historical Society and Museum  The Miami Springs Historical Society is located at 501 East Drive in Miami Springs.

Miami Springs Historical Society Museum

501 East Drive
Miami Springs, FL 33166


From the Palmetto, exit at NW 36th Street and head East on NW 36th Street.  Continue East on NW 36th Street and make a left hand turn (North) on East Drive.  Continue North until you reach 501 East Drive.

From I-95, take I-95 to State Road 112 Westbound.  Exit State Road 112 at NW 36th Street.  Continue west on NW 36th Street until you reach East Drive.  Make a right hand turn at East Drive (North).  Continue North on East Drive until you reach 501 East Drive.

From Hialeah, take Okeechobee Road until you reach East 4th Avenue.  Turn south on East 4th Avenue and cross the bridge into Miami Springs.  Take the center lane and continue south onto East Drive.  You’ll see Stafford Park on your left hand side and then the entrance to the Museum Parking lot at 501 East Drive.

Map to the Miami Springs Historical Society

Miami Springs Historical Museum Hours

The Museum is open each Saturday (except Christmas & New Years) from 12 Noon to 4 pm.

Entrance is FREE!

Donations are welcome.


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