After suffering during the Depression and World War II, many Americans had extra cash in their pockets for the first time in a long time and felt like spending it. The San Remo Hotel’s bar and restaurant were favorite destinations for many San Franciscans. Inexpensive but tasty meals drew families, and a constant mixing of celebrities and neighborhood cronies made the place popular.
San Remo’s fame spread, so entertainers Billy Eckstein, the Andrews Sisters, the McGuire Sisters, Mel Torme, and many others made a point of stopping by whenever they were in town, along with colorful locals like the late San Francisco radio personality Don Sherwood – billed as the “The World’s Greatest Disc Jockey” during the 1950s and 1960s. They happily mingled with city scavengers and fisherman, bookies, and boxers.
The appearance of a Police Chief or Mayor was not unknown. Everybody got along and the eclectic mix of customers added to the San Remo’s well-known friendly reputation.