The Mystery of Burke’s Deacon Jones Restaurant (SOLVED)

Every so often I come across a postcard that raises more questions than it answers. This postcard for Burke’s Deacon Jones Restaurant doubles as a carry-out menu/enigma. Deacon Jones Restaurants were a chain that specialized in chicken and fish. I have found references and addresses for locations in East Detroit and Monroe, Michigan but I…

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

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…

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Merry-Go-Round Cafes

In 1930 a chain of “revolutionary”cafes opened in the West. Gustav and Gertrude Kramm’s idea of an cafe that served food on a rotating conveyor belt would be a smash hit and fade away in a short time. The very first Merry-Go-Round Cafe location opened on January 1, 1930 at 245 East First Street in Long Beach, California Revolving…

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Sambo’s 1975 Directory

Sambo’s. The casual dining chain with the controversial name opened on June 17, 1957 in Santa Barbara, California.Sam Battistone Jr. & Newell Bohnett (the restaurant name is a combination of the Sam and the Bo from Bohnett) established the restaurant with one goal in mind – cheap 10 cent coffee and a good breakfast. They…

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Snelgrove Ice Cream Co. – Salt Lake City, Utah

Originally located at  1055 East 21st South  and 2100 South, the first Snelgrove ice cream shop was established by Charles Snelgrove in (1887-1976) in 1929, later managed by his eldest son C. Laird Snelgrove. Snelgrove’s remained family owned until 1990. Snelgrove’s Distinctive ice cream was founded As Snelgrove’s started to gain a reputation, Charles Snelgrove…

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Pantley’s Pagan Hut – Depoe Bay, Oregon

From the verso: Luxuriously furnished apartments offer fireplaces and kitchens where a touch of the bell brings service from the cocktail bar or dining room. From large windows you will view the magnificence and splendor of the Pacific and its rugged Oregon coastline. Beautiful PAGAN HUT open daily year around. Heated, glass-enclosed swimming pool. Pantley’s…

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Chick’n G’lore – Albany, New York

Chick’n G’lore opened at 230 Washington Ave. in Albany, New York in July 1965. Started by Joseph Gadomski, the small, glass-fronted restaurant featured a 10-foot tall chicken in the lobby. Chick’n G’lore offered shrimp, fish, ribs, chicken (of course), and had a business within the business called Pizza G’lore. Both Chick’n and Pizza G’lore offered…

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Steve’s Gay 90’s – South Tacoma, Washington

Steve’s Gay 90’s restaurant was located at 5238-40 South Tacoma Way in South Tacoma, Washington. Originally known as Steve’s Cafe, the restaurant was opened by Steve Pease and John Stanley in 1941. After a few years of operation the name was changed to better fit its atmosphere and decor. The restaurant offered cocktails and American food…

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