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Marco Rubio makes pit stop at Versailles, Miami's political institution

Marco Rubio gathered financial donors the morning after Thursday night's Republican presidential debate at the most iconic restaurant in Miami politics: Versailles.
Marco Rubio gathered financial donors the morning after Thursday night's Republican presidential debate at the most iconic restaurant in Miami politics: Versailles. pmazzei@miamiherald.com

Marco Rubio gathered financial donors the morning after Thursday night's Republican presidential debate at the most iconic restaurant in Miami politics: Versailles.

The private event quickly turned public as Spring Breakers and regulars realized ahead of Rubio's arrival that a VIP was on the way. Security personnel had set aside several parking spots for Rubio's bus, and nattily dressed financiers milled outside the restaurant to snap Rubio cellphone shots.

"Are you a tourist, or chasing Rubio?" a man at the indoor coffee counter asked a young woman. (Answer: Tourist.)

Rubio spoke to his supporters behind closed doors. They greeted him with a big cheer as he walked in through the restaurant's back door.

On his way out, Rubio posed with the restaurant's wait and kitchen staff, which has become something of a Rubio tradition. Alas, he skipped Versailles' famous outdoor coffee window, the one that serves patrons who prefer conversation to food.

He did, however, get a cortadito.

"Cafeína, cafeína," he begged a waiter.

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