On this date in 1925, the owner of Tom’s Place, the “BEST paying concession in city,” ran a classified ad putting the place up for sale.
Here’s the deal offered. For $750 cash and a good automobile, you would get:
- a 21 stool restaurant
- bait and tackle
- candy and soft drinks
- 3 furnished tent houses (all rented)
- a 4-year lease, rent paid until March 1, 1926
- a business clearing $3500 a year and clear of debt
Tom’s Place operated at where Bogart’s Coffee House operates today. The next time you’re there ordering a caramel macchiato and a banana, strawberry & nutella crepe, checked to see if there’s a vacancy in any of the tent houses.
– Michael Dobkins