How could a community possibly be considered complete without neighborhood taverns? Here are scenes from just a few of Maplewood’s, past and present.
Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
This photograph and the next two were brought to the Chamber of Commerce by someone from Cousin Hugo’s whose name I have misplaced. My apologies to this generous soul. For those unfamiliar with our community, Cousin Hugo’s still does a fine business at their longtime location on Laclede Station Road (Hanley?) next to Deer Creek Park.
Cousin Hugo’s, fall of 1940. The bartender is Mr. Hugo.
One more of either Mr. Hugo or an associate with their impressive inventory of spirits.
Next we have a couple of photos of MiJo’s later called The Breeze that once supported the Greenwood subdivision from their location at Kensington and Oxford. The building no longer exists.
The two photos from MiJo’s are reproduced courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
The address on this undated photo of Harlan’s Billiard Hall indicates it was upstairs just one building east of Scheidt Hardware. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
This photo taken around 1950 shows Tony (in the striped shirt) and Niccolo Collida in complete control at the Piccadilly Buffet, located on Piccadilly at Manhattan. This and the next two photos are courtesy of Nick and Maggie Collida.
Someone’s family and friends shown having just one of too many good times to recall at the Piccadilly Buffet.
All that and dancing too! Francesca and Paul Collida are on the right. . It may come as a surprise to many Maplewoodians that the Piccadilly Buffet, now called the Piccadilly on Manhattan is not actually in Maplewood. While it is part of the Greenwood subdivision of Maplewood, it is just across the border in the City of St. Louis. First opened by Niccolo Collida in the 1920’s the Piccadilly Buffet served fine food and drink to generations of area residents. After closing for just a few years, it was reopened by grandson Nick Collida and wife Maggie in 2007. They carry on the family tradition serving American classic food in the beautifully restored building.
I’ll close this post with this interesting photo. Followers of Maplewood History may recognize the attractive young woman on the right. She is Marjorie Slavik Irwin, star of a number of posts earlier this year. Sorry there is no information as to the identities of her two friends at the table nor of the young lady observing the scene. Courtesy of Matt Irwin.