Jack Dempsey's restaurant

Jack Dempsey's restaurant

Post by David Mande » Sat, 20 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>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.
>Thanks

Dempsey's landlord evicted him when the lease ran out
sometime in the 70s or early 80s. There was a court battle
and the Judge asked Dempsey who was very old, for his
autograph, then ruled that he could not stay anymore.
 
 
 

Jack Dempsey's restaurant

Post by Al Bar » Sat, 20 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>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.

>Thanks

 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.
--
Al Bardo

 
 
 

Jack Dempsey's restaurant

Post by Mongoose » Sat, 20 Sep 1997 04:00:00

        The restaurant was closed in the early 1970's, and I doubt very
seriously if it is still around.

 
 
 

Jack Dempsey's restaurant

Post by jbomb » Sun, 21 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Actually Firpo knocked Dempsy out of the ring.

 
 
 

Jack Dempsey's restaurant

Post by Gary Llo » Mon, 22 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Quote:


>>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.

>>Thanks
> 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.
>--
>Al Bardo

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.

--
Ins. of Piscatology & Advanced Autophobic Studies
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Wash, DC

Gary Lloyd
Publisher
New Fishwrapper Times

 
 
 

Jack Dempsey's restaurant

Post by DeLisa10 » Tue, 23 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


>>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.

>>Thanks
> 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.
>--
>Al Bardo

Yeah -- but there is a street sign where the rest used to be as Jack
dempsey place -- there is also a Joe Louis place on 8th ave right behind
MSG whre the E train lets out.
Ciao, Mike DeLisa
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Jack Dempsey's restaurant

Post by David Mande » Tue, 23 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Sports illustrated has a big feature
about Dempsey and Tunney this
week. There is a photo of an elderly
Jack Dempsey posing in front of his
restaurant in his last years.

 
 
 

Jack Dempsey's restaurant

Post by DeLisa10 » Wed, 24 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>Sports illustrated has a big feature
>about Dempsey and Tunney this
>week. There is a photo of an elderly
>Jack Dempsey posing in front of his
>restaurant in his last years.

Don't forget the scene in the movie The Godfather -- when Michael learns
of the Don's shooting he is at a newstand in fromnt of Dempsey's.
Ciao, Mike DeLisa
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Jack Dempsey's restaurant

Post by Alyssa L » Mon, 29 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Sorry, but Jack Dempsey's place is long out of business (probably for
30 or more years).  My grandfather used to tell me stories about
eating there and getting to meet the champ, who was often greeting the
customers.  

The restaurant was located a few blocks north of Times Square,
probabaly at Broadway and Forty Eighth or Forty Ninth Street.  The
only clue that Dempsey's place was once there is that the intersection
has been renamed Jack Dempsey Corner.

 
 
 

Jack Dempsey's restaurant

Post by SunnyBo » Sat, 04 Oct 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>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.

      I rember the story slightly differently, and read it in a newspapere or
 magazine at the time.
     Dempsey was alone and already in the cab when two thugs rushed in the
 doors, one on each side. The ex-champ was quite a bit older, maybe late 60s or
 70s, and was dressed in a tux on his way to an award banquet. He blasted each
 guy out while seated in the back seat. One right for the guy charging in the
 right door, and a single left hook for his pal.
    Then Dempsey closed the cab doors  and told the driver to step on it since
 he was late.
      Some guys never lose it,
     SunnyBob1