Muehlebach Hotel, Terrace Grill

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Description: Postcard of the Terrace Grill at the Muehlebach Hotel
Location: SC58
Collection: Mrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Historical Article: The Terrace Grill, a few steps down from the lobby of the Muehlebach Hotel, was a popular spot for dining and dancing when this promotional postcard was made in the late 1930s.The card is titled Where Famous Orchestras Play and recalls less hurried times when one could go dancing downtown at lunch time as well as at dinner. The seating capacity was 400.Ray Cosgrove, the Muehlebach's oldest employee in years of service, 36 years as a bellman and now supervisor and trainer of new bellmen, remembers well many of the bands and orchestras which played in the Terrace Grill. Among them were those of Ted Lewis (Is everybody happy?), Anson Weeks, Vernie Cummings, Ray Pearl, Henry Busse, Ron Martin, Clyde McCoy, Guy Lombardo, Buddy Rogers and Paul Pendarvis.Many of the bands had vocalists, such as Julius LaRosa, Bobby Breen, Patricia Wymore (Salina, Kan., girl and wife of Errol Flynn) and Sophie Tucker, one of the last entertainers at the Terrace Grill, which closed in the late '50s.Veloz and Yolanda, dancers, packed the room to capacity regularly during their appearances. At one time the dance floor was converted into a small rink, and several skating stars performed on ice.The room recently was used as a meeting and luncheon place by the Central Exchange and by the Agri Business Club. Today the room is known as the Grill, and is available for private social events.The Muehlebach Hotel opened in Kansas City at the 12th and Baltimore location in 1916.Kansas City TimesDecember 16, 1983
Barcode: 20000597
Item Type: Postcard


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