October 20, 2007

Howey's 5120 Broadway at Winona


Neither one of these images of 5120 Broadway show the building as it is today. The first one shows it as a single story! The second one, circa 1983, shows a tower quite different from what is seen now:
Today, the building houses the South-East Asia Center. I have to admit, a small part of me wishes that the building still served as an entertainment destination. It would make a fabulous beer garden today, wouldn't it?

5 comments:

UptownGirl said...

This is one building I wish had remained a restaurant!

RcktMan said...

I concur on this completely. I vote at this location every election day and I have to stop and look around and imagine what it must have been like back in the days when it was a happening hotspot. I agree, that patio would be amazing.

lzutovsky said...

I think it was called the red pagoda inn

Anonymous said...

Around 1940, this was known as "Winona Gardens" and was the club at which Danny Thomas got his start as a comedian. Some time ago, I was able to reminisce with Mr. Thomas' agent and we swapped stories about this property (as much as I could since I was little more than a gleam in my father's eye at the time.

I did grow up on this remarkable street---Winona--and have many great memories from the forties and fifties.

Joanne said...

I thought he got his start at the 5100 Club a few doors down. You might be interested in seeing some of these pictures, including a promo for Danny Thomas: 5100 Club. I'll see if I can dig up some information on Winona Gardens.

Do you have any photos of Winona from when you were growing up?

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