1920s: The Jail Cafe Los Angeles

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‘The Jail Cafe, located at 4212 Sunset Blvd. A “jailer” watches from a guard tower on the roof. Below the tower, a sign reads: “Dancing. Famous for their $1.25 dinners. Steak. Chicken. Lobster. Open from 5pm on. No cover charge.” Note the caricature faces peeking from behind the barred windows.

Couples sitting at a table in a cell gave their order to a “convict” waiter.’

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