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The April 4, 2002, issue of the Beverly Press and Park Labrea News showed J. Sloan’s, a tavern that had operated at 8623 Melrose Ave. since 1919 until it closed at the end of March 2002.
In the bottom photograph, owner Manny Galindo removed a chandelier from the ceiling on the business’ last day as hundreds of people stopped by for a final toast.
The tavern was located in West Hollywood at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Huntley Drive, but preceded the city’s incorporation by 65 years.
It operated as a speakeasy during the Prohibition era and was later a hangout for celebrities including Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and Douglas Fairbanks.
The tavern closed in 2002 because the building’s owner decide to repurpose it as a dress shop. Since 2018, it has housed the nightclub Raspoutine.
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