Hunt’s Matchbook Recipes, Vol. 2

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Here are two more Hunt’s Tomato Sauce matchbook recipes. These two are from 1963. You can almost taste the early 60s.


2 Tbs. Wesson, Pure Vegetable Oil
2 Tbs. Butter
1 cup Chopped Leeks
1/2 cup Chopped Onions
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Cup Sliced Carrots
1 Cup Chopped Potatoes
1 Cup Peas
1 Cup Chopped Green Beans
1 Cup Chopped Turnips
1 Cup Chopped Celery
1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley
2 8-oz Cans Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
2 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Tsp. Pepper

Saute leeks, onion and garlic in oil and butter. Add remaining ingredients and 6 cups water. Simmer, covered, 2 hours. 8 servings


1 4-oz can Shoestring Potatoes
1 10-oz. can Prepared White Sauce
1 6 1/2-oz can Tuna, drained
1 8-oz. can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
1 3-oz. can sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped pimiento

Reserve 1 cup potatoes for top of casserole. Combine remainder with other ingredients. Pout into 1 1/2-quart casserole. Sprinkle remaining potatoes on top. Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Tony Sapp’s Club Black Magic – Las Vegas, Nevada

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Club Black Magic originally opened on the corner of Bond, now known as Tropicana Ave & Paradise Rds. (4817 Paradise Road to be exact) on August 18, 1954 and would remain until 1968, when Camille Castro, “a stylish and flamboyant European Lesbian,” would purchase the club and rename it Le Bistro.

For most of the 1950s, it became the most popular jazz club in Las Vegas.According to this great article about the history of the Black Magic:

When musicians got off work on the Strip they gathered at the Black Magic for all-night jam sessions. This night-stalker ambiance attracted show kids from the Strip, and people who lived on ranches in Paradise Valley rode their horses through the desert to the Black Magic and tied them to hitching posts out front.

Information other than that article isn’t easy to come by and I would essentially just be quoting that entire article, so instead of me doing that, I implore you check out the article linked above to read about the fascinating history this place that would be known as Club Black Magic, Le Bistro French and ultimately Le Cafe and its importance to the Gay History of Las Vegas.



Hunt’s Matchbook Recipes: Volume 1

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I recently obtained more than 100 Hunt’s Tomato Sauce recipe matchbooks from 1957-1963. I thought it’d be fun to share the images and the recipes over a series of posts. I haven’t had the audacity to try any of these recipes, but if/when I do I will post the results


3 to 3 1/2 chuck roast
Meat tenderizer*
1 8-0z can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
1/2 cup French Dressing
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Sprinkle roast with tenderizer according to package directions. Combine Hunt’s Tomato Sauce, French dressing and garlic powder. Pour over meat and marinate several hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Grill over hot coals to desired doneness. Makes 5 to 6 servings.
*If instant tenderizer is used, add just before cooking, following package directions.
Hunt’s Tomato Sauce is so easy to use! Just cook it into stews, soups, spaghetti, rice, meat loaf, eggs, fish, vegetables, gravies. Perfect for leftovers.


2 lbs. veal for stew, cubed
4 tbs. Wesson, pure vegetable oil
1 cup finely sliced celery
1 large onion, sliced
2 8-0z cans Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1 8-oz. pkg. noodles, cooked
4 tablespoons chopped parsley

Brown veal in Wesson. Add celery and onion and cook until tender. Blend together Hunt’s Tomato Sauce, water, sugar, paprika and salt. Pour over meat. Cover and simmer 2 hours, or until the veal is tender. Lightly toss the hot cooked noodles with parsley. Arrange on a platter. Pour goulash over noodles. Makes 6 servings.

Oliver Hotel – South Bend, Indiana

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The Best and Most Magnificent Hotel in Indiana, one of the finest in the United States, and the Best In Any City of 40,000 Inhabitants in the World.


Early 1900s postcard.

James Oliver, one of America’s most influential inventors and industrialists was born on August 28, 1823, to George Oliver, a shepherd, and Elizabeth Irving, his wife, in the small village of Newcastleton, Scotland.

At this time, James continued to experiment with ways to produce a better plow and in 1857 he obtained his first patent from the U.S. Government entitled “Improvement in Chilling Plow Shares.” It covered James’ new way to process a plow point, or share, to an extremely hard surface. This first improvement made way for the many more patents that were to follow as the Oliver Plow became the most popular plow in the world.

Fort Wayne Weekly Journal-Gazette – March 15, 1900

In 1864 the company sold approximately 1,000 plows. With the Civil War in progress prices continued to rise as demands for production increased. The company also made 70 iron columns to hold up the Golden Dome structure in the University of Notre Dame’s Main Building. The Oliver company was expanding and growing and by mid-1865 the staff was increased to plant capacity. At this time, J.D. Oliver, James’ son, was getting in on the company’s ground floor.

In the late 1880s, Oliver plows were being shipped all over the world, and businessmen from every corner of the globe were coming to South Bend to negotiate deals. Finding the hotels in South Bend at the time insufficient for the level of visitor coming to town, the Olivers decided to build an opulent and grand hotel.

Plans were set in motion in the early 1890s, but the Olivers had difficulty purchasing the land in downtown needed to build such a palace.After years of finagling, an entire city block was purchased at the corner of Main and Washington streets.

The architectural firm of Rutan, Shepley and Coolidge began construction on the six-story palace to be known as the Oliver Hotel began in the summer of 1898. Originally slated to open Thanksgiving, 1898, the grand opening didn’t not occur until December 20, 1899. Over 4,000 invitations were sent for the gala. The attendees were a mixture of area businessmen, politics and social elites such as the Studebakers and Olivers.

The town was so impressed with the hotel and all of the philanthropic work that James Oliver had provided South Bend that, in June 1900, he was presented with “The Oliver Loving Cup” by a citizens group. J.M. Studebaker presented the 18-carat gold cup.  Measuring 14 inches, the cup, purchased from Tiffany and Company in New York, was engraved with portraits of the Oliver family, the hotel, the original factory on the West Race, and the new factory that had been erected on the southwest edge of the city.


The Oliver Hotel ca. 1912

The hotel was more opulent than anyone could have imaged for turn of the century South Bend.The six story hotel cost a total of $600,000 to build and was constructed with a steel skeleton, hollow tile arches, and partitions which made it fireproof.

The first two floors were public, with lobby and rotunda designed in an Italian Renaissance style embellished in gold with allegorical figures painted to represent the four seasons, the fine arts, the elements, and the performing arts.


South Bend Tribune archives

The images of 16 females representing the seasons, the arts, earth, water, fire, and air were painted at the top of the rotunda, and this lavish decor extended to all other areas of the hotel.


South Bend Tribune archives

Due to the “dry movement” in the late 1890s and early 1900s, the Oliver Hotel was built without a bar or cocktail lounge. The hotel, however, would have many amenities over the years.

A doting and well-trained wait staff.


These men were all waiters at the Oliver Hotel in South Bend in the early 1920s. The beautiful piece of artwork in the background was made of cloth. This photo was published in “South Bend Remembered, Vol. II,” available at the customer service counter of the South Bend Tribune.

There was a bakery.


Courtesy of South Bend Center for History

A fleet of Western Union deliverymen to tend to any of your shipping and shopping needs.


The Western Union deliverymen lined up on bicycles in front of Oliver Hotel near Main and Washington Streets in 1932.

The Oliver corporation ran the hotel from its inception until disaster struck in the 1920s.Farm prices fell drastically and farmers were no longer pay the debts they owed, let alone buy new farming implements.

In 1923, Oliver Chilled Plow Works was at a crossroads.The company would merge with other farm tool manufacturers, a tractor manufacturer and company that made threshing machines in order to survive. The hotel was becoming a financial burden. Somewhere around 1927 the Oliver would be sold to a Philadelphia born, Chicago made hotelier named Andrew C. Weisburg.


The Oliver, ca. 1920s

Weisburg is a fascinating man. Originally born in Pennsylvania, He was a real estate mogul with hotels in Chicago, South Bend and Los Angeles and chairman of the state of Indiana’s boxing commission throughout the 1920s and 1930s. He also managed legendary fighter Jack Dempsey.

Arka Shanks, proprietor of the hotel died of a cerebral hemorrhage on January 13, 1936 in his apartment in the hotel. Weisburg, now busier than ever with boxing, needed someone to run the hotel.


in-south-bend-hotel-oliver-albert-pick-5In 1938, management of the Oliver would be handed over to the Pick Hotel corporation, a.k.a. Albert Pick Hotels.

(I had originally written a long section here about the Pick corporation but I think I will save it as I plan on doing a post about about the man Albert Pick and all of the Albert Pick hotels and motels.)

After a few years of management, The Oliver Hotel was sold to the Pick Hotel corporation on October 20, 1942.

Albert Pick owned more than a dozen aging hotels in this era and would spend money bringing the old palaces in to the middle of the 20th century. After World War II and throughout the early 1950s.


The Oliver would continue to be the place to stay in town or to get a bite. The Ford Hopkins drugstore in the hotel provided great service and a quality meal at a reasonable price.


This photo show the old soda fountain and snack bar of the Ford Hopkins Drug Store, which was located in the Oliver Hotel. The lady in the white uniform is Cristine Brewington (Lea), the manager of the snack bar. This photo was taken 1949. Photo by Mary (Mangum) Mayes

The hotel also provided a quality shave and haircut.


This photo was taken in the basement of the Pick-Oliver Hotel. The barbershop was popular among area residents as well as people staying in the hotel. Otis the shoeshine man is standing in the front of the shop. He shined shoes and also cleaned up the shop for the barbers. In the 1st chair is Dr. O’Malley with his barber and the owner of the shop, Wendel “Smitty” Smith. The next barber is Claude “Mose” Campbell, Smith’s brother-in-law and the last chair is barber Jerry Brown.

In 1957, the hotel was re-named the Pick-Oliver to better reflect the ownership’s naming policy. (By that point, all of their hotels would be named Pick-(hotel)). The Pick Corporation would continue to run the Pick-Oliver but changes were coming and these changes would lead to the demise of the opulent hotel.

The Indianapolis Star – December 14, 1966

After the closure of South Bend’s Studebaker automobile manufacturing plant on December 9, 1963, South Bend struggled. Thousands were out of work and patrons, many visiting the Studebaker plant, were not staying in the hotel.

Downtown South Bend was no longer a destination and the hotel was over sixty years old by this point and starting to resemble an old, stuffy relic. The hotel was out of place in the new automobile-friendly age of motels and motor inns.

By 1965, the hotel was in need of some serious repairs and the Pick-corporation was looking to unload the old place. However, costs of renovating the marble and gold-laced hotel was cost prohibitive.

In the age of urban renewal it was much easier to find a buyer that could “do something” modern with the old place. The Pick corporation would sell the land to a pair of developers from Tulsa, Oklahoma named Kelley and Marshall. The developers had no plans to renovate the once-proud palace.

In late 1966 it was announced that a new skyscraper was coming to  downtown South Bend. The $5.5 million, twenty-three story tower would be used for office space, the American Bank and a new Albert Pick Motor Inn. The site chosen for the new building was the site of the Pick-Oliver. The old dame, it was decided, had outlived its usefulness.

The 67-year old hotel would be razed and the new, modern edifice would be built on the Oliver’s ashes. Very little was done to save the hotel. In the age of urban renewal, an old opulent hotel with no parking was deemed obsolete and in the way of progress. The old hotel was torn down in the summer of 1967.


Local citizens watch the demolition of the Oliver Hotel. South Bend Tribune archives

In 1969, a brutalist tower that would alternately be called the American Bank building and the Albert Pick Motor Inn opened.


The Albert Pick Motor Inn shortly after its opening.

The building still stands.  The Albert Pick corporation would fizzle shortly after opening and the motor inn would become a Holiday Inn. By the late 2000s, it had gone through multiple motel and bank chains. Nothing about the building feels special. It’s ugly and once I found out it was the site of the Oliver I grew to hate it more.

Plans are in the works to remodel the building and turn the old building into luxury apartments.

Special thanks to the South Bend Tribune, Center for History and the University of Notre Dame for the fabulous pictures – the postcards and matchbooks are from my collection – and for the helping me to try piece the story of the Oliver Hotel together.

Lehr’s Greenhouse – San Francisco & San Diego, California

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The Times – November 17, 1972

Lehr’s Garden Restaurant opened at 740 Sutter St., San Francisco in November, 1972. Housing both a full florist shop and restaurant, the glass-enclosed “dining spa” was designed to look like and actually be a greenhouse.

By the time restaurant opened, the proprietor Murray Lehr had been a part of San Francisco for more than 25 years. Lehr, a hotelier by trade, had and currently owned and several hotels around the area.

The Olympic Hotel, at the corner of Eddy & Taylor Sts., was Lehr’s first major property. He sold that in the early 1950s.

In October, 1954, Lehr purchased  the Hotel Claremont in Berkeley-Oakland from Claude Gillum for $2 million. Gillum had owned and operated the hotel since it opened right before the 1915 San Francisco Exposition.


Hotel Claremont

Less than two months later, Lehr sold the property to Harold Schnitzer of Portland, Oregon who, in turn, leased the building right back to Lehr with an agreement that Lehr operate the hotel on a long-term lease basis.

Ukiah Daily Journal – February 24, 1964


Lehr began management of the Claremont on January 1, 1955. The hotel would become his pride and joy.

Known for its big name entertainment and beautiful atmosphere, the Claremont thrived through the remainder of the 1950s and throughout the 1960s.

In 1957, 88 year-old Frank Lloyd Wright unveiled plans to balance on stilts above the the Claremont a “wedding chapel in the sky.”

Lehr said the planned chapel would cost upwards of $50,00 and would be octagonally shaped glass and steel with a peaked roof. Wright described the planned chapel as “a gay little thing with a certain springly spirit.” Nothing ever came of the plans.

The hotel’s buffet; touted as the largest, longest and most bountiful buffet table in the West, was nothing short of extraordinary.  The Garden Room, filled with flowers and plants, many grown in Lehr’s personal greenhouse, was THE place for lunch on Sutter. Lehr would also stage spectacular ice shows, open a Prime Rib Room and even hosted something called “Matcharama.”

The following blurb appeared in the The (San Mateo) Times on October 28, 1966:

TONIGHT IS THE BIG NIGHT at the Hotel Claremont, Berkeley. The world premiere of “Matcharama,” wherein men and women attend the dancing the Claremont’s Terrace Room will fill out a questionnaire, which will be transmitted by electronic remote control to Phoenix, Ariz., and in a few seconds back will come the answer mating compatible partners. Murray Lehr announced that the first couple who marry through meeting at “Matcharama” will be given the Claremont’s bridal suite and a wedding reception at the Claremont as his guest.

I don’t know if any couple ever married from “Matcharama.”

In late 1971, Lehr would leave the hotel to set out on his path. Being well versed in the large restaurant business and a lover of flowers, he wanted to combine both of his loves in one space. Using the formula of the popular Garden Room in the Hotel Claremont with the added element of his being a full floral shop.
















Lehr opened The Greenhouse and Potting Shed (the official name) in the restaurant spaced attached to the Hotel Canterbury on Sutter Street.


The restaurant a success from the day it opened. Offering a garden atmosphere and good food, the Greenhouse would become a popular eating spot in San Francisco.

Photo of Lehr's Greenhouse Restaurant - San Francisco, CA, United States. Hoping someone who cares will see these.  Love the prices and the artwork!

1975 Lehr’s menu Found on Yelp. Original uploader unknown

In 1977, Lehr’s purchased several statues from Italy and had them imported to the restaurant to add to the greenhouse feel of the place.

On December 31, 1979, a second Lehr’s location opened at 2828 Camino Del Rio South in San Diego, California. The location would be run by Murray Lehr’s son Dean.


Located beneath a freeway overpass, the Greenhouse, like it’s San Francisco predecessor,  would contain a florist and would be famed for its food and Sunday brunches.

Lehr’s Greenhouse in San Diego, however, had a much younger vibe than the original location. Throughout the early-mid 1980s, the San Diego location was a party scene. Getting in early on the “Disco Sucks” movement of 1980, the restaurant would host dance parties, concerts and battle of the bands competition sponsored by local radio stations.

Murray Lehr died in 1987. Dean decided at that point that is was time to close the San Diego location and moved to San Francisco to tend to the original Lehr’s and his father’s hotels.

Lehr, who helped with the building of the San Diego location had originally secured a long-term lease for the property from the state of California. The Greenhouse building at the underpass went through numerous different restaurants and sit idle for years. In 2014, Lehr sold the building. The place had become such an eyesore by that point that the new owners were hit with a $1,000 graffiti fine due to the visibility of the property from the freeway.

The original location would struggle throughout the 1990s and limp into the new millennium. The original location finally closed on February 16, 2005. Years of declining quality and lack of patrons finally ended the 33 year-old restaurant’s run.

Lehr’s Greenhouse left an indelible impression on both San Francisco and San Diego as I have found numerous posts from patrons reminiscing about their experiences eating in the greenhouse restaurant.

Close Cover: Seattle Restaurants, Part Two

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This is part two in a series of Seattle restaurant matchbooks.

 1. Les Brainard’s New Grove Restaurant


Les Brainard welcomes you to Seattle’s New Grove Restaurant, Renowned in the West for its excellent cuisine and friendly atmosphere. Charcoal broiled foods our specialty . Luncheons – Dinners – Banquet Rooms for Private Parties – Cocktails – Music – AAA Approved – dinner reservations appreciated.

Les Brainard was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana and came to Seattle during the Great Depression.  He started working in a restaurant, washing dishes and finally earned enough to purchase the restaurant in which he was working. The restaurant,now called Les Brainard’s was located at Secena Street and 2nd Avenue in Seattle. It was a fairly small place but he built it up to be something over the years.

The Grove was started in the early 1950s  at 522 Wall Street and struggled to gain a foothold. Les Brainard would eventually purchase the restaurant in 1956. Brainard would sell his eponymous restaurant shortly after to focus his energy on the Grove. Renovations were done and a new decor, complete with indoor trees and waitress dressed in kimonos, brought new life and success to the restaurant. The New Grove was born.


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For the next 25 years, the New Grove was a happening place to eat. Brainard sold the restaurant in 1977. It closed sometime after that. Les Brainard passed away in 1990 at the age of 81.



2. Kirkpatrick’s

Kirkpatrick’s, located at 416 Union, was an Irish themed restaurant that either before or during World War II. Featuring the full-Irish theme of leprechauns, shamrocks, harps, fairies; the restaurant served Irish-style food and drinks in The Blarney Room. You can see the menu above for their complete menu ca. 1944. I can’t tell how long the restaurant stayed in business but it doesn’t appear that it made it to the 1960s.


3. Roland’s Market Restaurant

Now this one is an absolute doozy. I cannot find anything. There is nothing on any search engine, in any newspaper archive or anything else. The location, at 8071 S. Tacoma Way, is a strip mall so that doesn’t help. I am guessing from the design and font on this 30-strike matchbook that it was around in 1980s/early 1990s. Let me know if you know anything about Roland’s.


4. Leo’s Fountain Cafe

“Meet Me at Leo’s” was the slogan of this small fountain cafe started by a man named Leo Cruise. Located at 45th and University Way, Leo’s appears to have been a 24-hour restaurant or at least open very late.


5. King’s Row Restaurant and Jester’s Room

The King’s Row Restaurant Jester’s Room were located at 3935 Stoneway in Seattle. I have not be able to find much of anything about this place. Looking at the map, the building has been torn down and replaced with apartments/condos. The restaurant appears to have been open from the late 50s/early 60s until the 1980s. Again, if you have any information leave a comment.



6. Terry’s Coffee Shop

Terry’s was located at 3401 4th Ave. South in Seattle. They advertised the best hotcake in town, I wonder if that was even remotely true. I mean, sometime’s these hole-in-the-wall type places have the best food. The proprietorswere Terry and Midlred Martinez. It’s gone now

Close Cover: Seattle Restaurants, Part One

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1. Ivar’s Acres of Clams & The Captain’s Table

Ivar’s Acres of Clams is a Seattle institution. The restaurant, opened by Seattle folk-singer Ivar Hagland, originally opened in 1938, but this incarnation, at the same location, opened in 1946. There are numerous location, but only a few actual restaurants. You can check out their website for all of the locations.

The Captain’s Table opened in 1964 at 333 Elliott Ave. W. At one time The Captain’s Table was the gauche spot to have a classy seafood meal in Seattle. But in the 1970s business slowed a bit and the restaurant was changed to a more family-friendly vibe. In 1991, faced with the cost of significant structural repairs to the building, which they did not own, The Captain’s Table was relocated to the town of Mukilteo and renamed Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing. It is still open to this day.


2. Hofbrau

Hofbrau, a German restaurant was located at 5th & Lenora, directly under the monorail track, in downtown Seattle. The restaurant offered a “Tyrolean” Atmosphere & lively Bavarian band. It touted itself as the restaurant “where fun and fine food clap hands.” It appeared to be around in the ’50s and ’60s. I have found very little information about this place. I cannot even figure out which corner housed the restaurant.



3. King Oscar’s Smorgasbord

King Oscar’s was located at 4300 Aurora Ave N. Known for their Swedish-style Smorgasbord and Swedish pancakes.The Swedish pancakes were served king’s style, filled with a rich cream sauce, chicken, and mushrooms, all served from a chafing dish at the table. The Fjord Room, located upstairs, featured entertainment in a room with Scandinavian decor. The Fjord Room featured  a cocktail “The Voyager” which was served in a bowl like drinking glass for two people. Inside the bowl, floating in the drink, were a couple of little Viking ships. The restaurant opened in the mid-1950s and closed sometime in the late 1970s.



4. Copper Kitchen Restaurant

The Copper Kitchen was located at 1641 Westlake. Started by Scotty Watts, owner of the Peppermill and the Dutch Oven restaurants in Seattle, The Copper Kitchen specialized in home-style food at a reasonable price. This type of restaurant seemed to exist in every town in the United States in the 60s and 70s. Close your eyes and you can picture the decor and smell the stale cigarette smoke and soup lingering in the air. You see the waitresses decked out in gold or avocado green. I can’t find much information about when it opened and closed. The Westlake Center is now located at the site of the restaurant.


5. Hattie’s Hat Restaurant and Aunt Harriet’s Room

Hattie’s Hat, a Ballard/Seattle institution, originally opened in 1904 and it still going in 2016. The restaurant contains a wide variety of food, including veggie and vegan friendly options. The drinks are strong and the food is good. I am guess this matchbook dates to the 1960s before the all-numeric seven digit phone numbers were instituted.



6. Gino’s American Italian Restaurant

Gino’s was located at 620 Union St. in Seattle. This one is tough. There are and have been several Italian restaurants and bistros with Gino’s in the name. I cannot tell if they’re affiliated with this place or if it is just a common Italian name. This matchbook dates to probably the early to mid 1950s.

If you have any information on this place, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail. My address is the site name at All one word.