Thursday, May 12, 2011

132/365: God Bless

God Bless
This diner has been at 14th and Olive for decades. The owner seems to have some strong views on theology and politics. He or she keeps up with British news, too, but seems uninterested in anyone but the mother country and her unruly child.

This place has a strange back story.
Extreme movie fans may remember the film White Palace, in which a young Jewish advertising copywriter from St. Louis falls is love with a middle-aged, red-neck White Castle waitress played by Susan Sarandon. (If you don't know what White Castle is, check the link. It will become obvious.) They couldn't use the actual name White Castle so they called it White Palace. They couldn't shoot it in an actual White Castle restaurant (Sarandon's character was supposed to work at the White Castle at Grand and Gravois, as blue collar as it got at that time) so the producers took this beat-up old diner and transformed it into the movie set. The movie was based on the wonderful novel by the late Glenn Savan. I was Savan's lawyer at one time, and a more intelligent, literate and tragically ill client I may never see again.

There's a double arch, metal and ephemera, on St. Louis Daily Photo.

2011-04-28 Arch And Rainbow

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