after school and getting into trouble. But
she got to live what so many people go
searching for in old hotels and restaurants: history, albeit a more modern one.
Back in the 1960s and ’70s, when the
Newport jazz and folk festivals were in
their infancy, musicians such as Bob Dylan,
Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul and Mary all
stayed at the hotel—sometimes for weeks
at a time. That was great for Scalzi; Noel
Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary
taught her how to play guitar. Some people
like to imagine what historical figure’s
hands touched the banister before them;
she remembers music lessons.
She also learned how to cook at the
apron strings of the hotel’s chefs—and this
was before chefs were household names.
Ever heard of her mentors, Jacques Gui-doin or Claire Cornell? Not likely.
These days, the toque in the kitchen at
One Bellevue restaurant is executive chef
Kevin Thiele, who puts a seasonal spin on
regional cuisine and, as a throwback to
earlier times, serves afternoon tea service, complete with sandwiches, cranberry buttermilk scones with lemon cream
Top: 1789 restaurant opened in
1960 when Richard J. McCooey,
a Georgetown alumnus, bought
two enterprises that occupied
a Federal home dating from the
mid-1800s. The building’s basement was opened as The Tombs,
a casual restaurant geared to
university students and faculty.
Right: The Round Robin Bar in
Washington, D.C. Bottom: The
M Restaurant at Morris House
Hotel in Philadelphia.
For more information on
historic hotels located
throughout the United
States, go to:
Check out these restaurants and hotels
with a past:
1226 36th St. N. W., Washington, D.C.
The American Hotel
39 Main Ave., Sag Harbor, N. Y.
138 S. Second St., Philadelphia
54 Pearl St., New York
M Restaurant at Morris House Hotel
231 S. Eighth St., Philadelphia
Oak Room at Algonquin Hotel
59 W. 44th St., New York
One Bellevue in Hotel Viking
One Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I.
Round Robin Bar at the
Willard InterContinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave. N. W.,