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.
Remo's fame spread, so entertainers Billy
Sisters, the McGuire
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,
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