Hayes Bickford's in Boston, maybe in the late 1930s, at 293 Huntington Avenue, near the intersection of Huntington and Gainsborough Street. Notice the dance school above. Imagine having breakfast here with pocket change during the Depression. For 30 cents you could have scrambled eggs with two fried cakes. To the right is the Gainsborough Drug Store.
The Hayes Bickford's interior was L-shaped, so it had another entrance on Gainsborough behind the drug store. This Hayes Bickford's was still in that location through the 1970s. Today that whole corner is the Symphony Market (so named because Boston Symphony Hall is one block away).
Just across the street at 289 Huntington was the Raymor Play-Mor Ballroom where big bands played. Glenn Miller did a remote broadcast from there on November 24, 1937.
For more Bickford's pics from the past, go here
, Allen Ginsberg wrote about Bickford's at night:
who sank all night in submarine light of Bickford's
floated out and sat through the stale beer after
noon in desolate Fugazzi's, listening to the crack
of doom on the hydrogen jukebox,
who talked continuously seventy hours from park to
pad to bar to Bellevue to museum to the Brook-
lost battalion of platonic conversationalists jumping
down the stoops off fire escapes off windowsills
off Empire State out of the moon,
yacketayakking screaming vomiting whispering facts
and memories and anecdotes and eyeball kicks
and shocks of hospitals and jails and wars,
Bickford's at 7th Avenue and 14th Street in NYC
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