The Creamery Cafe
“There are places where they NEVER make mistakes – This is NOT one of them. There are kitchens where things NEVER go amiss – that’s NOT here. There is service that is ALWAYS perfect. – We have NEVER seen it.” How is that for a disclaimer? The Creamery Cafe’s menu for merchants served a T Bone steak for $1.00, bacon and fried apples for .40 cents and brains and other assorted organs for .50 cents. Coffee sold for 10 cents. Move over Starbucks! The front of the menu linked here has a WWII ration notice on the front which allots the amount of sugar you will be given with each cup of coffee, glass of tea, and bowl of fruit or cereal.
The Creamery, which also advertises “Booths for Ladies” on one of their ghost signs is one of those glimpses in history that drove me to explore a past era. It is reported that “Booths for Ladies” was written to identify the establishment as a place that respectable women could eat. Respectable as compared to the ladies of the night who had Mercury Street to themselves nearby? I haven’t found anyone yet who could give me an answer to that but I would love to know. The Creamery was in business almost 50 years – from 1909 to 1957 and ,at the time of the printing of the menu, was under the proprietorship of William Lecos.
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