>>Is his place still around ? Anyone ever been ? Is there a lot of Dempsey
>>paraphanalia on the walls ? How's the food.....?
>>I'll be in the city on business and always wanted to visit.
> It's long gone, for at least 17 years or so. And yes, there was
>Dempsey momentos all over the place, including the famous painting of
>Jack knocking Firpo out of the ring, which hung right behind the bar.
I use to go by the place when I drove taxis in the city. This was in the
early 70s. I have no recollection of dropping customers off there even
then, so I'm figuring the place had begun it's decline by then. Remember,
it would have been 50 years since his last fight. Most of his fans were by
then dead or in senior citizen homes(or in Florida). It's a wonder the
place lasted that long. Sad that he was evicted but I think I remember the
story. Here was a guy from an entirely different era. He needed to get
out. New York was no place for an old codger like that. God Rest His Soul.
One good story about the restaurant comes from the 50s though. Dempsey and
a friend had left the restaurant and were getting into a cab when two
lower-East Side thugs accosted them with knives demanding their wallets.
No sooner had they pulled their knives, Dempsey had laid both flat
out on the street, stepped over them, got in the cab, patting his black
hair in place while urging the cabbie to step on it because he and his
friend were in a hurry.
Dempsey was near 60 by then. The story goes he had knocked the guys out so
clean and hard the schmucks were still laying there when the cops finally
arrived a half-hour later.
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