Reader Ed Notter has done us all a great service with this exhaustive survey of the many fine watering holes located within and around our two favorite communities. Here’s Ed to start us off.
Not sure if this would be of any interest to you but here’s some “tavern” history of MRH+ in my lifetime. If you don’t think it’s appropriate for 40 South you’re not gonna hurt my feelings, it was fun to put together. The numbered ones are those I frequented at some point in my life and my opinion of them. If you do see a use for it please let your readers know I concede my fallibility and memory loss. I don’t mind and would appreciate additions and corrections. I have not included recent establishments as they come and go so quickly. I did get some help from Facebook friends with this but one stands out. Pat Glaser (also a long term MRH family). If you do publish this please mention him, he was a huge help.
I do think it is appropriate, Ed. Highly so. Pat Glaser consider yourself mentioned and thanks. DH
This just like shooting fish in a barrel for me, folks. Ed, Pat and his other friends have done a lot of work to put this together. The least I can do is to find what tavern photos I have and run those.
Here’s Eddie’s. It was located at Manchester and Arthur, middle of the 7300 block on the north side. Everything was demolished for an ill-fated redevelopment project in the 1970s. Today this is the site of the Schnucks store.
Many of my readers are aware that the bar called Cousin Hugo’s, a Maplewood institution, just closed… a victim of the pandemic. It was located on the west side of Hanley/Laclede Station Road adjacent to Deer Creek Park. I believe this man is Cousin Hugo.
This image was made in the fall of 1940. That is Hugo behind the bar.
This image was worked up for an early display of the Maplewood Historical Society. I think it was done by Mary O’Neal who I haven’t heard from in ages. Hope you’re doing well, Mary. I certainly appreciate whoever let us copy these Hugo photos even though I seem to have misplaced their name.
An interior image from Mijo’s Bar which was located on the NW corner of Kensington and Oxford. My friend, Luke Havel’s garage now occupies that site.
Also from Mijo’s.
Saratoga Lanes, probably seen here in the early 1970s, judging from the Ford Pinto parked at the curb. This image is courtesy of Wanda Kennedy, author of Kennedy Music, a fascinating tale of her musical family. If you don’t have a copy of it, why not?
Saratoga Lanes has been in operation CONTINUOUSLY since it opened in 1916!!!
See what sort of bonus images you get from Maplewood History.
I don’t have any images of Paul’s Maple Leaf Bar but it was in this building at 3107 Sutton Ave. The building began life as a bakery in the early 1900s. It was remodeled with a sloping floor to be the Powhatan Theater for many decades. Now it has been beautifully remodeled again and is currently for sale. Check it out. It is fabulous.
The Moose Lodge still exists. It too has been beautifully remodeled.
Once known as the Piccadilly Buffet, this building not only survives, it still belongs to the Collida family who have owned it since the 1920s. Long a bar and grill, it was converted into a very nice restaurant known today as the Piccadilly at Manhattan.
Tony (in the striped shirt) and Niccolo Collida behind the bar. About 1950.
Francesca and Paul Collida (on the right) heat the place up.
A couple of well dressed gentleman no doubt in pursuit of one of their favorite beverages.
Another early view of the exterior. The location is St. Elmo and Manhattan.
I must remember to show this one to my neighbor, Paul Griesedieck. That’s his family business.
An image of just one of the many thousands of good times at the Piccadilly. They are still happening. If you haven’t eaten there you are missing something special. My thanks to the Collida family for allowing me to copy these wonderful images.
Bob Scheidt’s comment below prompted me to find this image online. I remember this picture as well. I just can’t remember where I saw it or how many times I saw it. It could be there was a copy at the Antonia Tavern. More on that later.
Also inspired by Bob Scheidt’s comment, I found Johnny Ryan’s mentioned in the Post-Dispatch from 1941 to 1945.
That should hold you for awhile. Just like work, the Maplewood History blog expands to fill the time allotted for it. Much thanks to Ed Notter for his very interesting submission on the taverns.
Be safe, everyone.
Doug Houser November 28, 2020