My grandfather Louis Anzelowitz came to this country with absolutely nothing. He escaped Hitler’s grasp in Poland, but the rest of his family didn’t make it. He was a butcher by trade and was hired at Moskowitz and Lupopwitz.
After a petty argument over a cloth napkin, he quit, but vowed to someday come back and own the restaurant. Years later, after he saved $500 he bought out a 50% share, and when the remaining partner passed on, he owned the restaurant outright. He is pictured personally carving steaks and roasts table side. Sitting at this table is the amazing screen actor John Garfield.
Comedian and actor Eddie Cantor. I remember this photo being up on the wall in the lobby of the restaurant, and I also remember that it scared me. Here was a guy in the picture that appeared to be angry with my grandfather. LOL… stupid kid! Louis knew em all, and they all came down to 2nd ave and 2nd street to see him. What a time that was. The man in the back smiling was my uncle Hy Anzel, a stage, film, and TV actor.
Do any of you remember Jack Carter? Very funny man. Here he is with Louis and Hy:
Prize fighter Rocky Graziano, Louis Anzelowitz, and the great Phil Silvers
Another great shot! Notice the bottle of seltzer on the table. The gentlemen in the dark suit and bow tie at the end of the table was Sam Levinson.
The great Artie Shaw. You can see the pickles and fresh bread on the table. He and my grandfather were close.
Here’s a great shot of the inside of the main dining room. I stood on the stage in the corner of the room, and sang with the band when I was 5. I don’t remember it, but I’ve been told that’s what I did. The hand painted murals on the walls were those of the Rumanian countywide.
Here’s another shot of Louie talking to his buddy Artie Shaw. But check out the creep show guy peering into the window!
I don’t know who these people are sitting at the table, but here is another example of why Moskowitz and Lupowitz was such a classy place. There were strolling violinists! Can you name ANY restaurant anywhere these days that has that?
Here’s a GREAT shot, the one, the only Donald O’Connor. Hahahaha my grandfather… “Get the menu in there, hold up the menu” There were the stars, and then there were the entertainers that hit tough times. My grandfather would feed them for free, because he just loved show people.