Monday, March 23, 2009

Minetta Tavern -- A Look Back

Now that Minetta Tavern has reopened to rave reviews, I thought it would be fun to revisit the old Tavern interior, circa '07, pre renovation.  The prohibition era restaurant/bar has the virtual history of Greenwich Village written on its faded walls, with murals depicting Mori restaurant, Jim Kelly's bar and notable 1950s Broadway showfolk and politicians recalling seemingly happier, simpler times.           

Joe Gould, Joseph Mitchell, Hedda Hopper. 


-K- said...

This is the first picture I've ever seen of the world-famous Joe Gould and with Jpseph Mitchell, no less.

If memory serves, Mitchell was writing about Gould for the New Yorker over the course of many years. And maybe never finished the article.

Ken Mac said...

Yes, as depicted in the movie, Joe Gould's Secret, which was also the name of Mitchell's last story, the famed New Yorker writer was charmed by Gould's BS and wrote a story about his supposed Oral History. It was to be a history of the working people of New York. But it never existed, it was Gould's scam. And it was the last story Mitchell ever wrote, though he showed up at the New Yorker offices for many years afterward. He died sometime in the 80s. Gould died in the "insane asylum" I believe.

Jacob said...

Fascinating! The good old days!

Dusty Lens said...

A bit of nostalgia to a simpler time.

Melanie said...

Back in the day!!Great photos Ken Mac.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Amazing post, Ken Mac! Nice photos!

Jarart said...

Fantastic history and photo's. Thanks for the look inside.

Daryl said...

Thanks again for the memory jog ..

Virginia said...

Great post KM. I love the old photos you show us. That last photo is a motley crew if I ever saw one!

Petrea said...

Wow, this is great. I feel new blog love coming on.

Dave said...

Interesting photos ken, but specially of the old stars. - Dave

Tash said...

I recognize Eva Marie (but can't remember what show I used to watch her in) & Soupy Sales (watched so many What's My Line episodes.) Haven't thought of old Soupy in yrs.

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will hough said...

...I grew up in joe mitchell's hometown with several of his nieces and nephews and just confirmed my suspicion: that is not joe mitchell in the photo

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