Friday, February 7, 2014
One of a pair of small, well-kept looking apartment buildings right by Third Avenue at 31st Street. I would have walked right by, but the name above the door caught my eye. The entrance is a proud one. Silvio Rosanelli appears to have been active as a builder and restaurant owner in the early 1900s. At one point there was a Silvio Rosanelli Cafe & Restaurant right around the corner at 861 Third, at the rear of 122 31st. Here's the business at that site today:
You can see what I take to be part of the cafe building behind the Sudden Impact sign. A couple of online sites mention cafe trinkets: a brass token (Good for 5c Drink) & a jug, both bearing the business name. In 1919 Rosanelli had plans drawn up for a garage, still standing, higher up 31st.