She worked the floor at Shorty’s BBQ until she was 86; waitress Ann Gray dies at 91

April 21, 2015 12:00 PM

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If the flagship Shorty’s BBQ on South Dixie Highway in Kendall is a true Miami story, built by E.L. “Shorty” Allen in 1951 and rebuilt after a 1972 fire and yet again 20 years later after Hurricane Andrew plowed through South Miami-Dade, long-time waitress Ann Gray was its face and personality.

Like the prized barbecue sauce slathered on Shorty’s brisket and ribs, Gray, who died Monday at 91 in South Miami, was feisty, peppery and memorable.

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