Gangster Paradise

Grab a drink at Al Capone's bar.

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hen rival underbosses and the feds turned up the heat on Al Capone in 1927, he went south to Palm Island in Biscayne Bay near Miami, paying cash for a 14-room Spanish-style estate that had been built by brewer Clarence Busch. Ironically, it was Capone’s lavish spending on the house that would ultimately give prosecutors the evidence they needed to successfully prosecute him for tax evasion. One of those expensive furnishings was a room-length mahogany bar. Al Capone’s bar today is in the Stockyard restaurant, whose owners bought it in Atlanta at an auction. So big is it, the bar had to be divided into pieces; you’ll find the center section in the foyer and the wings in the Tavern Room. Marcus

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Al Capone’s bar is not his only possession that had a second purpose. His bullet-proof Cadillac with run-flat tires was seized by the Treasury Department and used as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s limousine.

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