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When my husband’s grandfather first came to America from England in 1910, he worked as a waiter in several restaurants. These photos were found among his son’s old photographs. The first one was taken outside the Budweiser Cafe in July of 1911 in Indianapolis. Here’s a sample of their menu:
1912 The Indianapolis Star Feb 16 – advertisement: Budweiser Café, German Cooking Our Specialty, 20 South Meridian – 17 East Pearl St.
Coney Island Clam Chowder            10c
Fried Flounder, with Tartar Sauce        25c
Deviled Crab Flakes a la Maryland        25c
Filet of Salmon a la Colbert            35c
Roast Stuffed Capon with Sliced Peaches    40c
Hamburger Steak, with Smothered Onions and Potatoes    25c
Fried Calf Liver with Lyonnaise Potatoes    30c
Roast Loin of Pork, with Homemade Baked Beans        30c
Curry of Veal a l’Italienne, with Rice        25c
Special Tonight
Braised Pork Tenderloin, with Fried Jersey Sweet Potatoes    35c
Fred D. Beck            Werner Janku
29 South Meridian St.

The second photo was taken at the Ye Wee Tappie Tavern in Jan. of 1913 in Miami. It was owned by William Ogden, who also owned the Biscayne Bay Co., a fruit growing and shipping company and it was Miami’s first luxurious saloon. Dade County went dry later in 1913 and so did the tavern a few years later. There was once a plaque in the hotel where it was located which read: “The Ye Wee Tappie Tavern, a gaudy gilt tavern, born in champagne in 1911. Died in lemonade before it was seven.”

Thank you Jan! :)


  1. marcobabe13 marcobabe13, 6 years ago
    Many thanks to Jan at who helped me with this research.

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