Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant

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Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant
Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant, New York City, early 1970s
Restaurant information
Established 1935
Closed 1974
City New York City
State New York
Country United States

Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant, known popularly as Jack Dempsey's, was a restaurant located on Broadway between 49th and 50th streets in Manhattan, New York.[1][2][3]

Owned by world Heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Dempsey,[3] it was considered by many as an American institution. The restaurant originally opened for business as Jack Dempsey's Restaurant on Eighth Avenue and 50th Street, directly across from the third Madison Square Garden, in 1935. Most nights would find Dempsey's famous proprietor on hand to greet guests, sign autographs, pose for pictures, and hold court with people from all walks of life.

Located next door to Jack Amiel's "Turf Restaurant" on Times Square, Amiel became famous as the owner of the "underdog" horse Count Turf who won the 1951 Kentucky Derby. A few years after his Derby win, Jack Amiel became a co-owner of Jack Dempsey's Restaurant, which closed in 1974.

Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant appeared in the movie A Bronx Tale during the opening scenes of the movie. Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant also appeared in Mario Puzo's The Godfather. During the scene when Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) was picked up by Sollozzo (played by Al Lettieri) and Capt. McCluskey (Played by Sterling Hayden); Michael Corleone was standing in front of Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant before being picked up.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dana, Robert W. (August 1, 1949). "Tips on Tables: Jack Dempsey's Is Notable For Special Dishes". Tips on Tables.com. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jack J. Amiel, Restaurateur; Owned 1951 Winner of Derby". The New York Times. June 27, 1986. 
  3. ^ a b Smith, Red (June 1, 1983). "OBITUARY: Jack Dempsey, 87, is Dead; Boxing Champion of 1920's". New York Times. Retrieved June 23, 2012.