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It’s a Cabaret comeback as South Beach nightclub reopens at the National Hotel

Singer Envee is joining Edison Farrow and others as the Cabaret South Beach moves to the National Hotel.
Singer Envee is joining Edison Farrow and others as the Cabaret South Beach moves to the National Hotel. Miami Herald

Two months after being kicked out of its original space for missing a couple of rent payments, Edison Farrow’s Cabaret South Beach is making a comeback.

The nightclub — which features local musicians and singing servers — will have a soft opening Friday and grand opening Oct. 15 at the National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

“Every single employee is coming back to work,” Farrow said, adding that Cabaret will occupy two adjacent spaces at the National. “One is the lobby bar for cocktails and performances; the other is the dining room for full dinner while enjoying the show.”

It’s exactly the same as prior, except in our new home. Live music seven nights a week, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. All the servers and bartenders will be singing and performing as before.

Edison Farrow, Cabaret South Beach

Just before the eviction, Farrow experimented by hiring well-known entertainers for short engagements, including New York nightclub stars Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso; Leslie Jordan, the Emmy-winning guest star on TV’s Will & Grace; and Charles Busch, a world-famous drag star and playwright.

For the time being, though, Farrow said he’ll stick with local talent.

The nightclub’s concept: Hire South Florida unknowns trying to break into show business as both bartenders and performers.

“It’s exactly the same as prior, except in our new home,” Farrow said. “Live music seven nights a week, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. All the servers and bartenders will be singing and performing as before.”

Among the local entertainers set to play the new Cabaret in coming days are singers EnVee, Janae Catt, Arias Martin, Rachael Rage and Mailyn Soulfree, with Victor Valdez playing piano.

“It was a magnificent venue with endless possibilities,” EnVee said of the old location, which was downstairs from the World Erotic Art Museum on 12th Street near Washington Avenue. “Now that we’re going to be in this new venue that is so beautiful and so recognized, we’re going to be at another level. It's going to be amazing. And I’m so honored to be a part of it. It’s going to be a party every night.”

Farrow opened the original Cabaret in November 2013. Landlord Naomi Wilzig, who owned the building and museum, died in April at age 80. Her adult children evicted Farrow on July 22 after he violated the five-year lease by missing two rent payments totaling $18,288.

“We had 24 hours to get out, and I haven’t looked back,” Farrow said. “When I walked by yesterday, there was a homeless person sleeping in our doorway.”

Steve Rothaus: 305-376-3770, @SteveRothaus

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