Pete’s Tavern - “The Tavern O.Henry Made Famous” and claims to be the oldest continuously operating restaurant & bar in NYC.
I visited the National Arts Club for the first time to see The Milliners Guild Installation. While I was there I did a bit of meandering through the building and found this item on the wall hidden by a large plant.
The sign reads:
The Metropolitan Opera Guild has prepared this sample of the Metropolitan Opera House CURTAIN to commemorate the golden days of OPERA from the night of it’s premiere, Caruso’s Debut in Rigolleto, November 23, 1903 to its final appearance for the benefit of The Metropolitan Opera Campaign Fund II Barbiere di Siviglia with an All-Star Cast March 23, 1940
While visiting the Racine Art Musuem, I discovered that the location is where the American Bank & Trust used to stand. The same American Bank & Trust that John Dillinger & his gang robbed on Nov 20, 1933. (The robbery was recently recreated on film in “Public Enemies”.) Parts of the bank still exist within the museum structure, but for a better idea of what it looked like back then, you can look at the b/w pic - the bank was on the corner, across the same side of the street from the Venetian.
I’ve never dined in Keen’s Steakhouse but at least now I can say I’ve been to their pub! Keen’s has an interesting history and much of it is displayed on the walls. They had a crowd the night I visited so it was a bit harder to see everything they have on display (including the famed churchwarden pipes) but I’d definitely like to go back and do just that - and maybe sample some more free ribs! :)