This South Florida fruit stand (and its milkshakes) just got honored

Robert Moehling's Robert is Here is the place for great shakes.
Robert Moehling's Robert is Here is the place for great shakes. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Robert is Here and now it’s also there.

The declarative classic fruit (and milkshake!) stand in Homestead, open since 1959 when Robert Moehling sat on that corner selling cucumbers at his father’s behest, has been named to the National Culinary Heritage Register.

The register lists establishments and products that have been around for more than 50 years and have contributed to the “development of American foodways,” according to the announcement by the National Food & Beverage Foundation.

Robert is Here, the 19th honoree, has been on the same corner in Homestead since 1959, when Moehling’s father posted him at a table to sell cucumbers next to a hand-painted sign that read, “Robert is Here,” so passersby would see him. The sign became the eponym.

After Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992, Moehling painted the words in large letters on the roof to let overhead helicopters (and loyal customers) know he was indeed still there, where he still sells fresh local produce from South Florida’s farming communities and arguably the best milkshakes anywhere in South Florida.