One of the hottest spots around at the time seems to have been the Boulevard Club, which was another spot legally licensed to get patrons liquored up on hi-balls. It was located in the newly annexed Robins District area, near where old Highway 10 used to cross Northwest Boulevard. Advertisements touted the place as the “most beautiful theater-café in the Northwest.” Although I was unable to track down a photo, I’d like to imagine the interior as plush and gorgeous, with elegant chrome and glass fixtures, velvety fabrics and art deco touches. Totally swank. Owner Dave Sobol must have had some powerful connections in the music biz and was able to bring in some pretty big names like the Ink Spots, the Delta Rhythm Boys, and Billy Eckstine. Most notoriously, the Boulevard Club stage was frequented by the legendary Billy Tipton, a popular Spokane jazz pianist who, after his death in 1989, was revealed to have actually been a woman secretly living as a man for the last 50 years of her life. Slot machines were in use here and at quite a few other night spots, much to the chagrin of local police who seemed to barely tolerate such activity, raiding a different place every month for gambling-related crimes/OrangeTV, Get Out! Full post here.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.