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Wolfie’s and Rascal House

Wolfie Cohen’s Rascal House was the brainchild of Wilfred “Wolfie” Cohen, who started his foodie career as a busboy in the Catskills. In the late 1930’s, he moved to Miami Beach and bought a sandwich shop, which he turned into a destination; Al Jolson and Milton Berle both ate there. Then in the 1940’s and 1950’s, he built a food empire. There was Pumpernick’s deli, The Bull Pen, Mr. Mahzik and the Rascal House. He sold the rights to the name “Wolfie’s” after starting a restaurant with that name in the 1940’s on Collins & 21st St. At various times there were two Wolfie’s in Miami Beach. Known for “Where everyone meets to eat” with lots of delicious breads and pickles on the tables for free & for being open all night! Their neon sign has an appearance at the beginning of the video for “Night Fever” by The Bee Gees. By the time Wolfie Cohen died in 1986, he owned just the Rascal House which he left to his daughter. She managed it for ten years and then sold it in 1996. After having various owners, Rascal House officially closed in 2008. Archival postcards shown of Wolfie’s, Rascal House & Pumpernik’s. What are your fondest memories of eating in these restaurants?

Photograph of Rascal House on 172nd St and Collins Avenue courtesy of Nancy Liebman
Vintage postcard for Wolfie Cohen’s Rascal House Restaurant
Vintage postcard for Wolfie Cohen’s Pumpernik’s Restaurant

1940's postcard Wolfie's on Collins & 21st St

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