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Black Cat Cafe

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Title: Black Cat Cafe


  • McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

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1935/37 Black Cat Cafe & Sea Grill at 160 Bank St, Burlington, Vermont. Employees and management stand out front for a group photo. Charles Chantis, proprietor. The State Theatre is next door at 156. The restaurant burned in the 1970s along with the rest of the block.

Genre(s): photographs, black-and-white photographs




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2008-08-27, Center for Digital Initiatives, University of Vermont Libraries

Type of Resource: still image

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Black Cat Cafe, Louis L. McAllister Photographs, Box B01, Folder 25, Item 01, (accessed January 21, 2018)

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I remember the Pappas family that owned the Back Cat Cafe in the 70's. Their daughter Lisa was my friend in school. I am saddened by the explosion that happened that Sunday night. I was suppose to go with her, but it was a school night and I was unable to go. Next day Lisa was not in school. I will always remember her beautiful smile and her laughter.

- Laurie McCaffrey

My grandmother is 8th from the left (facing) in this picture, Violet Thomson Lavoie.

- Kim Peine

Laurie McCaffery: I also remember the fire. Did they ever find the bodies? Also it was just brought to my attention how BLACK CAT is associated with bad luck. Do you rememeber if the House Of Pancakes was alsoowned by the Pappas'?

- Sharon

The house of pankaes was owned by Nick Pappas. It was also known as Aunt Sarah's. My mom waitressed there in the 60s. My first illegal beer was at the black cat. It was a yard of beer . I was 16!!


Just to correct a couple of things (1) The gas explosion occurred at 6:50 AM Sunday morning (not Sunday night) on May 1, 1977. (2) All bodies were recovered - first the children and then a day or two later the father. Autopsies were performed on the children on May 3rd 1977 - the father May 5th 1977 - all died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

- Shawn Bushway

Does anyone know if one of the ladies in this photo is a Dorothy Haile? Who could I contact?

- Nick Haile

A girlfriend's mother of mine ran the dishwasher in the kitchen. We helped her mom one night As they were really busy

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