My Mother grew up in the booming metropolis of Gardner, Illinois
"Gardner is known on U.S. 66 for it's historic 2-cell jail and the Riviera Restaurant, 1 mile east of town, a prohibition hangout of Al Capone with a beer cooler located in a basement vault."
The Riviera restaurant was opened in 1928 by Jim Girot - my great-grandfather. It has had 2 owners in its years. During prohibition there it was known for three things - booze, slot machines, and gangsters. Not Holy in a literal sense, but hey, a little color is good and we should all let our hair down as often as possible. And I'm guessing the booze was locally produced moonshine or somthin' !!!
Anyway, the Riviera is closing, up for sale. The Sun Times ran a little article on it this week. And yes, a poster in the Men's room says "Al Capone passed gas here in 1932"
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