The beginning of a 13-year ban on the sale of alcohol creates a ripe opportunity for bootlegging and speakeasies.
The country is in Prohibition, Lindbergh makes his famed transatlantic flight and Babe Ruth becomes the highest paid baseball player (at $70,000 a year), hitting 60 homeruns in one season.
Gallaghers opens on 52nd Street, by former Ziegfeld girl Helen Gallagher – wife of Ed Gallagher of the vaudeville comedy team Gallagher and Shean – with her partner, the colorful gambler, Jack Solomon. It becomes the place to be for gamblers, sports figures and Broadway stars.
Ed Gallagher dies and Helen marries Jack Solomon. Gallaghers continues to be a place to let off some steam.
With liquor now legal, Gallagher and Solomon turn their former speakeasy into Broadway's first steakhouse. Covering the walls with pictures of stars and sports figures, the atmosphere attracts the rich and famous and remains the place to be in the theatre district.
With WWII raging Gallaghers rises to the call to conserve: "Okay, Uncle Sam! We'll cooperate to the letter. We'll even go you one better. Tuesday is meatless and also is eatless, for we will be closed on Tuesdays."
The restaurateur and famed florist tie the knot and Irene becomes co-owner of Gallaghers along with owning the leading Park Avenue flower shop, Irene Hayes Wadley & Smythe.
Record crowds turn out in Times Square to celebrate.
With the loss of her husband, Irene Hayes becomes sole owner of Gallaghers.
1964 is a banner year for Gallaghers. New owners, longer hours, the installation of the iconic Meat Locker and a fresh look for the brand breathes new life into the venue.
Jerome Brody hires Dick Conlon to run the restaurant as General Manager.
After 30 years, the script Gallaghers logo is updated, featuring bright red type and dropping the icon of the man and cow that was created in 1964.
Jerome Brody's widow Marlene – now the sole owner of Gallaghers since her husband's passing in 2001 – commissions noted cartoonist Peb (Pierre Bellocq) to create the Canvas of Stars mural. It took him one year to complete the work, which includes such greats as Muhammad Ali, Joe Dimaggio and JFK. This priceless piece of art is now in the possession of Mrs. Jerome Brody.
With the vision of preserving its character and returning it to its former place as the preeminent steakhouse in New York, Dean Poll sets out to renovate, restore and rebrand the venue. "It is part of the fabric of New York and I'm privileged to be a part of it", says Poll.
Committed to retaining the history of this iconic gem, Dean Poll opens the doors to an updated Gallaghers.
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