Thursday, February 3, 2011
Joe "Josie" Russell bought the location in 1930, and in 1933 he opened "Sloppy Joe's" as the first licensed saloon in Florida. In 1938 in a dispute over a $4.00 rent increase Josie moved his bar to it's present location on Duval Street.
428 Greene Street reopened as the Duval Club, a Victorian decorated predominately gay night club owned by an openly gay man named Morgan Bird. The Duval Club was know for lavish gay parties and prospered until the Navy issued an "Off Limits" order that reduced his business some 80%.
This fabled saloon still exists today with all it's frolic and frivolity, this is a place you just don't want to miss.