Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Rainy Day Moll **UPDATED**

As promised in my column this week, I take on some Cleveland Goodfellas.

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A couple of days ago, I posted about the site of the Casablanca Restaurant, which is one of the places featured in the "Goodfellas" article. I also talk about the Marius Restaurant, which was housed in the Lake Shore Hotel. It's now called Lake Shore Towers and although it's no longer quite the grand lady it once was, it's still one of the most incredible examples of Art Deco architecture you'll find anywhere. For more images and info about the building hop on over to FREEBLOG!

I couldn't get a good photo of the wonderful gargoyles on the top of the Lake Shore, but this is some of the stonework on the front of the building:


John Ettorre said...

Great stuff, Erin. It reminded me of working at a similar place in the '70s, The Inner Circle at LaPlace in Beachwood. I didn't recognize the pinky-ring crowd at the time as wise guys, but many of them certainly were. Some of the people I observed then as a peach-fuzzed, snot-nosed adolescent would take all of my writerly talents to bring to life. They were like something out of a bad (meaning deliciously good) B movie. But then, you know precisely what I mean.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff indeed and spot on from what I've mother in law was the first female waitress at the Theatrical. OH, the stories that woman has! You'd have a blast talkin to her..

Love reading yer posts, always something interesting and different!

Divana said...

Loved it. Posted it on my facebook.

Love you!


Erin O'Brien said...

Thanks everyone.

Yes John, I sure do know what you mean. And oh my anon--how I miss the real Theatrical! What a Cleveland jewel that was.

Hi D and thanks for the link. My column usually runs every other week, but sometimes it's a bit erratic. I always post the links here, so if you check in, you'll find it.

luvluv all!

Deodand said...

Sculptor: Wait, you said Seahorses? I thought you said Seahorses.

Phil Plait, The Bad Astronomer said...

You used the word "moll"?!


What a dame.

swine said...

broad, even.

DogsDontPurr said...

Great post over there on the Freeblog. I love finding out the history of places like that. That it went from luxury hotel to Section 8 housing is just unbelievable. Sad, but makes for a good story.

Anthony Cartouche said...

Good story, Erin. This is the best thing you've ever written for the Free Times.