Wednesday, January 7, 2009

"Al Capone passed gas here in 1932"

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"

7 comments:

Frank Irwin said...

Al Capone's gas is holier than me?

Saeedi said...

Al Capone's all gassed out.

murphstahoe said...

not very snarky but I'll let it slide.

murphstahoe said...

Saeedi - you'll need to email me your address, and assure me that you actually own a bike with a 650 wheel on it and are not just a schwag addict.... :)

Yokota Fritz said...

Yeah, 650 wheel size is generally on women's bikes and those oddballs who ride Rivendell Salukis. Except there's no way a Rivendell would take a skinny 650x23.

ammon said...

even 650's are slightly large for my wife. Her favorite bike has a 650 rear and some tiny wheel in front. Used to be a kid's TT bike in the 80s. Old partial pic here.

murphstahoe said...

There is a woman who takes Caltrain from MV to RWC who has a frame so small I am almost surprised the 650's work. I swear her entire frame is the size of my rear triangle. Granted I have a big rear... triangle.