Agostino Giuntoli

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Agostino "Bimbo" Giuntoli
Born (1903-09-22)September 22, 1903
Chiesina Uzzanese, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
Died July 25, 1992(1992-07-25) (aged 88)
San Francisco, California, US
Nationality American
Occupation Nightclub owner
Known for Bimbo's 365 Club

Agostino "Bimbo" Giuntoli (September 22, 1903 – July 25, 1992) was an Italian-born American nightclub owner and entrepreneur.

Early life[edit]

Giuntoli was born and raised in Chiesina Uzzanese, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. In 1922, aged 19, he emigrated to San Francisco, arriving with just $2.[1] He worked as a janitor at the Palace Hotel and then as a cook nearby, where Monk Young, his boss, was unable to pronounce his name, and called him bimbo instead (Italian for "boy"), and the nickname stuck.[2][3]

Bimbo's 365 Club[edit]

Bimbo's 365 Club

In 1931, the 365 Club, 365 Market Street, was opened as a speakeasy and after-hours gambling club, owned by Young and managed by Giuntoli. It soon became the most popular illicit drinking establishment in town. Musical artists and dancers showcased their work, including a young Rita Hayworth dancing in the chorus line. An optical illusion achieved by mirrors made the large fish tank above the bar appear to have a nude woman swimming in it. Bar patrons marveled at Dolfina, "the Girl in the Fishbowl".[3]

In 1936, he employed Victor Rosellini, his wife's younger brother, in front of house. Rosellini went on to run several restaurants in Seattle, and later became president of the National Restaurant Association.[4]

In 1943, Giuntoli became a naturalized US citizen. In 1950 or 1951, Giuntoli, by that time sole owner of the 365 Club, purchased 1025 Columbus Avenue and moved his club there.[2]

The club is still there today, run by two of his grandsons.

Personal life[edit]

In 1928, Giuntoli married Emilia Rosellini (December 26, 1908, Tacoma, WA – November 2, 1989, San Francisco), and they had two daughters:

  • Diana Isola Cerchiai (born March 18, 1929, San Jose). She has 5 children.
  • Yvonne Fine Sangiacomo (born February 11, 1932, San Francisco). Her husband, Angelo Sangiacomo, is a real estate developer, and together they own about 50 apartment buildings in San Francisco.[5] Their seven children all attended L'Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires in San Francisco.[6]

Giuntoli died in San Francisco on July 25, 1992. He was survived by his two daughters, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A. Giuntoli; Ran Bimbo's 365 Club". LA Times. 30 July 1992. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Catherine A. Accardi (2010). San Francisco's North Beach and Telegraph Hill. Arcadia Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7385-8158-3. 
  3. ^ a b "Bimbo's 365 Club". SFgate. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Ko, Michael (11 January 2003). "Seattle restaurant legend Victor Rosellini dies at 87". Seattle Times. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Trinity Management". Dontevictjustin. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.bal-de-paris.org/histoire.html