A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 02, 2022
Big Apple Cafe (Cincinnati, OH, 1938-1963)

A Big Apple Cafe existed at 3711 Colerain Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1938 until 1963. The Big Apple Cafe was almost surely named after the “Big Apple” dance craze of 1937, just a year before.
16 April 1938, The Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH), “Four Cafes Looted,” pg. 9, col. 8:
One of three cases of beer taken from the Big Apple Cafe, 3711 Colerain Avenue, was abandoned by the thieves who apparently had stolen more than they could carry. 
5 October 1948, Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, pg. 12, col. 2:
Cafe Operator Dies In Crash
Of His Motorcycle With Train

Edgar Porter Jr., 24, operator of the Big Apple Cafe on Colerain Avenue, was killed early yesterday when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into the mail car of a New York Central passenger train on Hauck Road, north of Sharonville.
3 December 1951, Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, “Burglars Are Busy In Forced Entries,” pg. 13, cols. 4-5:
Nickels and dimes totaling $30 were taken from a juke box in the Big Apple Cafe, 2711 Colerain Ave., early yesterday. A rear window was forced open.
1 March 1962, Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, pg. 40, col. 4:
Drugs Sale Charged
To Cafe Manager

Russell Fisher, 43, 1718 Elmore St., manager of the Big Apple Cafe, 3711 Colerain Ave., was charged yesterday with sale of marijuana.
6 February 1963, The Post & Times-Star (Cincinnati, OH), “Colerain-av Cafe Loses License,” pg. 3, col. 1:
Say Hey Inc., Big Apple Cafe, 3711 Colerain avenue, has been deprived of its liquor permit by the Ohio liquor board.
In a ruling yesterday the board revoked the license for improper conduct.

Posted by Barry Popik
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