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

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Entry from December 05, 2004
Quick Lunch; Beef and—, Sinkers
"Quick lunch" was a term popular in the late 1800s. Was the "quick lunch counter" invented by Patrick Dolan, at 3 Park Row?

A Souvenir of New York's Liquor Interests
New York, NY: American Publishing and Engraving Co.
Pg. 91:
STANDARD BUFFET'S "Quick Lunch," Samuel H. Barron, Sole Proprietor, Fine Wines, Imported Liquors; No. 32 Broadway. -- The metropolis has long been noted as the one center above all others where unlimited capital, vast experience and boundless enterprises have been combined to make its cafes and buffets superior to any in the country. As a leading contribution to the reputation of the city in this regard, and as a model establishment of its kind, the Standard Buffet's "Quick Lunch" stands deservedly prominent to the public eye. It was opened in 1889, by Mr. Samuel H. Barron.

14 September 1903, New York (NY) Times, pg. 7:
Quick Lunch Pioneer Dead.
Patrick Dolan, proprietor of Dolan's restaurant at 3 Park Row, and known as the originator of the quick lunch counter, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock of apoplexy.

28 October 1912, New York (NY) Times, pg. 11:
For years he had been known as the "Beef and Bean King."
(He had taken over when Dolan originally fell ill -- ed.)

2 May 1915, New York (NY) Times, pg. 15:
Downtowners Celebrate Semi-Centennial of "Beef-And."
On May 1, 1865, Patrick Dolan, now dead, and famous wherever "beef-and" are popular, opened a little restaurant in Ann Street.

21 December 1918, New York (NY) Times, pg. 21:
Restaurant Long a Famous Downtown Meeting Place.

Dolan's restaurant of late years on Nassau Street, for more than fifty years widely known as the original "beef and" eating place, closed its doors last night, and in its place, shortly, will be a modern lunchroom.

30 April 1934, New York (NY) Times, pg. 15:

His Cuisine at Dolan's in Park
Row Delighted Celebrated
Patrons for 40 Years

Adam Brede, one of the famous characters of the old days on Park Row, who worked in Dolan's restaurant for forty years, 1877-1917, and cooked the beef-an' which made Dolan's popular, died yesterday at his home, 32-28 Decatur Avenue, the Bronx, at the age of 78 (...)

For nearly two generations Adam Brede knew nearly everybody of importance who worked in downtown New York, and many who journeyed to Park Row for some of the plain, well-cooked fare always obtainable in the little "beanery" opposite the post office.

Sinkers, as the customers called the chef, loved his work and cherished a store of recollections of his meeting with celebrities.(...)

He cooked in various places...before Pat Dolan engaged him for his "beanery" at 3 Park Row.
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, December 05, 2004 • Permalink

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