Kapok Tree Inn, Davie FL

by Carolyn
(Tavares, FL)

Kapok Tree, Clearwater, Florida

Kapok Tree, Clearwater, Florida

Kapok Tree Inn was located in Davie FL between Flamingo and 130th Ave. My mother who is now 96 took me and my daughter and son in the 1970's. We loved to explore the grounds. Many weddings occurred there also. Unfortunately it was torn down years ago. Would love some history on it.


The original Kapok Tree Inn was located in Clearwater, Florida. The one in Davie, was (I think), opened later on by the original owner. I've been to the one in Clearwater (it's torn down also), but never had the pleasure of visiting the one you are talking about. I've attached a postcard of the original Kapok Inn.

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Oct 29, 2017
More Information About Kapok Tree
by: Mike

This blog is loaded with information and photographs of the old Kapok Tree.

Oct 27, 2017
Assistant Kitchen Manager
by: Robert Anzovino

I was hired to be the kitchen production Manager for this location in 1974, just following the grand opening. My interview was at the home office restaurant in Clearwater. The business was owned by the Baumgardner family, who had a gourmet restaurant across the street from the Clearwater location.

As a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America I provided guidance for the staff to serve 2,000 plus meals a day; and Mother's day we achieved 3,500 customers. My efforts were rewarded with transfer to the gourmet restaurant called Baumgardner's in Clearwater; which had a modified tableside service. Other locations included Madeira Beach and Daytona Beach.

Still today I speak with people about this unique experience of my outstanding hospitality career.

Aug 08, 2017
I Was Married There in 1984
by: Anonymous

My husband and I were supposed to have our wedding here and have our vows outside. A tropical storm came through and we ended up in the savory room. I was so sad. But absolutely loved the place growing up in Florida and going there. Sad that it's gone.

Jul 27, 2017
I was there in 1974 on a spring break trip
by: kimkats

I was a junior in high school in Omaha, Nebraska and the botany teacher had a school bus, and for $175 (total) about 12 of us spent spring vacation in Florida. We had dinner at the magnificent Kapok Tree Inn in Clearwater one evening, and all these years later I still think about that place. It was amazing.

So sorry to hear it's gone now, but at least some of it has been preserved. I got to wondering if it was still around, and searched the internet for it, and found I'm not the only one with fond memories of it... :)

Jun 21, 2017
Kapok Tree
by: Kent

I remember going to this restaurant several times back during the 1960's thru 1970's. Still have two of the original tall glasses they gave us for our drinks.

Feb 14, 2017
by: Meg Hagman

What I remember about the Kapok Tree Inn is the magnificent and enormous kapok tree around which the Inn was built. To a young teenager that tree was otherworldly. I would love to see a picture.

Jan 14, 2016
I wish it would come Back.
by: Juanita McCullough

I was living in Davie in 1976 and the Kapok Tree was beautiful and the dining area was very nice. You had your choice of where you wanted to eat. My favorite was the Chandelier Room. I miss those days.

I wish they would build another restaurant.


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