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A new bar and restaurant is making its way to Wilton Drive -- Hamburger Mary's will soon be The Well.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


New Owners Buy Hamburger Mary’s; Transform it into The Well

By John Hayden

After weeks of speculation and rumors of its demise, the future is clear for Hamburger Mary’s in Wilton Manors: it’s finished.

It all came to a head on Jan. 18, when Jason Basilico announced on social media that he, along with John Ribson, had purchased the business and are turning it into a popular Canadian bar, The Well.

“Today marks a special occasion in my life,” he wrote. “Funny how life sometimes takes you in a full circle. I am proud to announce, in partnership with the fantastic John Ribson the newest and The first international gay bar and restaurant to hit the Drive. A lot of exciting and new changes to come. I can only hope you all join me on this new adventure.”

They are ending the Hamburger Mary’s motif and turning it into The Well On Wilton Drive. There are several iterations of The Well in Ontario, Canada. Not all serve food, but their website for one location shows upscale bar food with daily specials.

The announcement promoted the Wilton location as a bar, restaurant, and nightclub.

The partnership is an international collab, with Ribson hailing from Ontario and having a background in hospitality, including ownership of bars as well as fast food. Basilico has lived in Wilton Manors since 2009 and was at Matty’s and Scandals.



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TODAY: Electric Ride and Meetup

In this new meet up, enthusiasts of electric bikes, scooters, EUCs or PEVs will be meeting at Big Dog Station on Tuesdays between 6 to 7 p.m. So charge your batteries and join the gang to cruise around town.

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FRI: Christopher Hamblin

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“I can teach anyone how to develop their own signature style by looking at art history,” Rosen said. “With homework, we have one on one, it’s a lot of instruction and people have been killing it. I have one guy that took five classes. I had a student show and out of nine pieces he sold seven.” -- Mary Rasura

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