Chamber Honors Mango’s Tropical Café Owner David Wallack

Chamber Honors Mango’s Tropical Café Owner David Wallack

David Wallack

The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce will honor four distinguished members of the community while celebrating a historic 92 years as an organization at its Annual Dinner Gala and Silent Auction hosted by media personality Ana Quincoces and Chamber Chairman and SVP of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Michael S. Goldberg. Over a 1,000 attendees will gather on Saturday, May 10th, at the glamorous Fontainebleau Miami Beach where the event will be held. This year, the fete will showcase the city’s vast contributions to films and productions throughout the years and party goers will enjoy an entertaining evening of surprises along with an auction, dinner, dancing, and much more. Among the prestigious honorees is Mango’s Tropical Café owner David Wallack who will be receiving the Excellence in Tourism award, which recognizes individuals whose insight, leadership, and nobility have contributed significantly to the tourism industry in Miami Beach.

The Wallacks are among South Beach’s most respected families, having helped shape the city’s hotel industry and the Ocean Drive landscape. It began when Irving and Florence Wallack moved from New York to Miami Beach in the 1950s and opened hotels, first at 852 Collins Avenue and then at 900 Ocean Drive. It continued into the 1970s when Irving established Miami Beach’s first co-op conversion of apartments on South Beach. David Wallack took up his parents’mantle of innovation and established the Eastern Sun, Florida’s first commercial-sized adult congregate living facility. He continued on the path of innovative entrepreneurship when he decided to relocate the Eastern Sun and turn the space into what is now known as Mango’s Tropical Café, a world famous South Beach landmark drawing more than a million patrons a year.

Today, David’s son, Josh, is the chief operating officer of Mango’s and with its tropical rainforest décor and wait staff wearing leopard- print catsuits, all who enter this Tropical Café are in for a wild time, indeed. There’s a reason Mango’s reigns as the one of the leading nightclubs on SoBe and it’s for its unique Latin vibe. Tourists and locals flock to the hot spot to check out the waitresses dancing on the bar, hear the rhythmic music and throw back some island-inspired drinks. They pump salsa, merengue, bachata, samba and reggaeton until the wee hours and often feature a live band and dance shows.
Mango’s Tropical Café is located on 900 Ocean Dr. in Miami Beach and for more information on the gala, please visit www.miamibeachchamber.com.


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  1. Congrats David! You deserve it! David what a small world. My name is Gerry and I worked security at Mango’s with Sophie, the toughest bouncer in South Beach for about 1 year, from 1994-95 when u use to bring your famous white german shepard to the bar. Those were the days, Artie Batiste was the main bartender who now owns Spice Resto Lounge in Hollywood. Small world, when your father lived in NY in the late 1940’s he use to visit the Essex Hotel in Central Park South and my dad was the doorman there for a few years and remembers him from his name and when I told him that I was working at Mango’s in 94-95 which him and my mom lived in Miami on S.W. 64 street and calle ocho, the old cuban foggies neighberhood. David I am married now with 2 kids and live across the river next to NY where I grew up. I travel to Fla. every now and then to visit my folks in Riviera Rehabilitation home in Coral Gables with the family. Next time I visit I will come say hello, David keep on living your dream and making people happy and enjoy Mango’s! Its the only place that has survived in SB in almost 25 years! Keep up the good work and stay healthy and God Bless you and your family! Hope to see you soon my friend! Take care Gerry Ortega.

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