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Booker T. Cafe & Tavern, 381-383 Rondo, St. Paul. (Supplied Title)
Content Category: photographs
Colorization: black and white
Physical Support: paper
8 x 10 inches
Photographer: St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press
Saint Paul. Businesses.
Saint Paul. Businesses. Booker T. Cafe.
Saint Paul. Summit.
Subject: 381-383 Rondo Avenue, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
MR2.9 SP3.1B p118 (Locator Number)
49906 (Negative Number)
Booker T's was a great place for ribs. It also had a few fights etc. but never allowed underage - except for food and was fairly responsible as businesses go. This appears to be a 1955 or 1956 era photo. Ober Boys Club was a block away, the athletic field across the street and another bar and pool hall just up the block to the north. Rondo was more than a neighborhood - it was home to a lot of great people.
The date for this photo was assigned by the St. Paul Pioneer Press when it was donated and will not be changed at this time.
Chandra Dayland - The woman in the photo (My Grandmother) is Laverne Johnson who loved BBQ and lived in the neighborhood with 3 children and married to Frank Oliver Johnson Jr at that time.
Confirm my niece's comment, that is her grandmother. That sure looks like my/our mother LaVern Johnson. My sibling's confirm this, as this photo appears to be before my birth.