Sept 14, 1923: News of New York’s Popular Hotels and Smart Restaurants

This was the only portion of this article that was preserved.  The fight that was broadcast would be Jack Dempsey’s last successful defense of his Heavyweight Champion boxing title.  85,000 people were watching the fight live, and it was broadcast via radio as far away as Argentina.  Dempsey defeated Firpo in a 2nd round KO.

1923 09 14 - News of NY Popular Hotels and Restaurants

September 14, 1923 – Newspaper unknown

One Installs Latest in Radio to Bring in Sporting Events – Andrew Club Has Annual Dinner – Fall Rush Gets Under Way.

By David G. Casem.

An experiment of connecting a highly developed amplifying public address system to a powerful, multiple-tube radio set in a restaurant, was conducted last night in the Monte Carlo, Broadway and Fifty-first street, during the Dempsey-Firpo battle.  Every patron in the crowded establishment was “sold on the proposition,” as salesmen say.  And it was not without reason. Many of them, having sets of their own, were amazed by the perfection attained by the Western Electric’s engineers in the development of its amplifying system, which is being installed in hundreds of the country’s largest hotels to aid speakers in reaching their audiences.

Hooked to the radio set last night the system brought the fight to the restaurant floor in all its realism.  J. Andrew White’s voice, it was demonstrated while he was describing the preliminaries, could be so amplified as to be thunderous in its volume.

Pierson A. Anderson, commercial radio engineer of the Western Electric Company, installed the Monte Carlo’s equipment and supervised its operation during the battle.  Later he showed the efficacy of the amplifying system by tuning in far Western orchestras, to the music of which the patrons had the novelty of dancing on the large floor.

The instruments are to be used during all sporting events of importance in the future, says Walter Gallagher, floor manager of the Monte Carlo, who was responsible for the innovation …. Frank McGuire, formerly with the Hotel Commodore and a number of well-known Broadway restaurants, has joined the Monte Carlo staff as an assistant to Walter Gallagher.

 

As depicted in this cartoon (date and newspaper unknown), Jack Dempsey was obviously a frequent patron of Billy Gallagher’s establishments.  The club pictured is the “underground” cabaret on 7th Avenue between 47th and 48th; not to be confused with the Monte Carlo on Broadway.

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… apparently they weren’t kidding:

Dempsey visits Billy Gallagher's - no date

Here’s another publicity photo taken during a dinner for newspapermen by Dempsey at the Monte Carlo:

Pair of Jacks and Flock of Queens p1 - no date Pair of Jacks and Flock of Queens p2 - no date

 

 

 

 

 

This isn’t the last we see of Jack Dempsey …

 

 

 

Meet Walter Gallagher

Walter W. Gallagher is the eldest son of William J. “Little Billy” Gallagher.  He followed in his father’s footsteps in the entertainment industry, acting as manager for several of his father’s establishments, and even running a few of his own.

 

Walter Gallagher business card

This is his business card when he was Manager at Billy Gallagher’s Broadway Gardens Restaurant:

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbo Gardens Card (Atlantic City) - Walter Gallagher Manager

Here is another when he was Manager at Rainbo Gardens in Atlantic City:

 

 

 

 

 

And he was running the Monte Carlo “barely out of his teens” – and the media was predicting a bright future for him!

Wally Gallagher runs Monte Carlo - no date Wally Gallagher, son of the popular Billy Gallagher, is putting over the handsome Monte Carlo all by himself.  Although scarcely out of his teens he already knows all the tricks of the trade and he seldom, if ever, has anything put over on him.  There’s no prettier restaurant in town than the “Monte,” formerly the Club Maurice, and Wally conducts it in a high class manner.  He sure is a “chip of the old block,” it being a case of like father like son, and if Wally keeps on as he is going some day he may be as popular as his dad – if such a thing is possible – as up to date no one yet has been able to endanger Billy Gallagher’s reign as the king of restaurateurs.

In June 1929, Walter applied for and was appointed as a patrolman in the Ridgefield (NJ) Police Department, where he would become popular in a whole different way.

 

Stay tuned!