Dave's Blue Room, New York 1930s
If you wanted to see celebrities in New York in 1920s, 30s and 40s, Dave’s Blue Room was the place to be. A small restaurant in the heart of Broadway, famous songs were written on the table covers by Tin Pan Alley chiefs between cups of black coffee, according to gossip columnist George Tucker. Movie and theater stars breakfasted on plates of bacon and eggs. Owner Dave Bonigiflio had a big heart and never refused a meal to struggling actors and musicians. Frank Sinatra, Eddie Cantor, Edward G Robinson, George Raft, Milton Berle and Lilian Roth were among its patrons. Singer Julie London ate there after her shows. Even gangsters dined there – Lucky Luciano was a regular. Dave's Blue Room closed on Broadway in the 1940s, beset by money troubles.
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