619 North Wabash Avenue

An old-timer in Tower Town, as restaurants go.  Has a wide reputation for first-rate Italian and French cooking.  This one too occupies an old town house, across the street from the big Medinah Temple.  Not a few celebrities are seen here in the evening.  Mentioned in John Gunther’s* novel, “The Red Pavilion.”  Whether such mention gives it added prestige, we don’t know, but the spaghetti, ravioli, and filet mignon here are unforgettable.  Open for luncheon and dinner.  Delaware 0714.

What’s there now

You might have heard of this place

This was seriously one of my favorite ones to shoot

Some history

And one last shot

* I couldn’t find much information on “The Red Pavilion” other than it was Gunther’s 1926 debut novel.  Gunther, a Daily News man like Drury, would go on to be most famous for “Death Be Not Proud,” his 1949 memoir of his son’s battle with brain cancer and subsequent death at 17.  It was made into a TV movie in 1975.

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