WELL I KNOW A PLACE WHERE THERE'S A SMALL HOTEL
AND YOU COULD EAT VERY WELL FOR A BUCK .....AND THAT INCLUDED
LEAVING A REALLY NICE TIP !
But Don't Take My Word For It
JUST LOOK AT THE MENU
HOME COOKING AND SPECIAL FULL COURSE DINNER FOR JUST 65 CENTS !
I found this menu,which is in absolutely pristine condition in Blue Point,NY on E Bay. It was printed by Weeks Printing Co. in Patchogue between 1933 - 1937 with my gut feeling that it was probably printed between 33-35 based on the selection of menu items offered. What follows the menu is my collection of stuff about the hotel already scattered all over this website,that paint the history of this once very colorful,historic but short lived Mastic Beach establishment. There also are many links to most of the other pages that contain more info and pics relating to Mastic Beach history.
Some Amazing Prices Eh? The Only Thing Not Priced Is The Beer
PARAMOUNT BEER FROM NORTH AMERICAN BREWING CO . BROOKLYN, NY
North American Brewing (1892-1946) was located at 1306 - 1336 Greene Ave. They also brewed POLO Brand & "Near Beer" during Prohibition. Paul Schulte originally worked for India Wharf Brewing in Brooklyn but they closed up in 1920 only to reopen for one year in 1933 only selling Ale. Just one of the reasons I think the menu was of the time that Paul ran the hotel.
The Mastic Beach Hotel with it's 15 rooms and accommodations for 50, was the very first business constructed in the brand new town of Mastic Beach. It was built in 1927 by the very first businessman to move into Mastic Beach Paul Schulte aka "The Mayor". The hotel fronted on Orchid Drive and was located right behind "The Clubhouse" ( later known as the MBPOA Clubhouse after 1929 ) which I found was an amenity originally provided by The Smadbeck Bros, aka Home Guardian Co. they were actual developers of Mastic & Mastic Beach and used the Brooklyn Citizen newspaper as their sales gimmick. The Smadbeck's even used Schulte's Mastic Beach hotel in their advertising for their land sales in 1928. They later built their own hotel in 1929 in Havana, Cuba that is still there.
Paul Schulte Sr's Granddaughter , the late Greta Speiss Tucker sent me this photo along with others in her personal collection of Mastic Beach in 2002. Miss Greta writes : "Burnt in the fall of '37 between Oct & Dec" "My Mother standing there. My grandfather owned it when it burnt down. He used to boot Leg Liquor there.
On my research trip in 2005 I found this article below about bootlegging in the Patchogue Advance from 1929.
Paul "Schuett" is a typo & the two story house referenced in the story was most likely the then boarded up Woodhull Mansion
Paul Schulte At His Other Establishment That He Opened Across Town After Prohibition Ended
Paul leased the hotel in 1935 to Sal & Tess Azzatto. The Azzattos were still running it when it burned down in the fall of '37. In June of '38 they opened their very own place, just one block over on Birch Rd(renamed Neighborhood Rd after 1941)& Lakeview Dr. Known originally as "Sals Place" it became better known as the Sand Bar in the '50's and it is still there across the street from the Woodhull Graveyard.
PATCHOGUE ADVANCE MAY 17, 1935
Note: Tony Bonjove, who had barber shop by the hotel, got in the restaurant biz after WW2 when he ran the Blue Lantern In Mastic. ( I had my first pizza there) I believe the Blue Lantern was originally the training camp and gym for boxer Vince "Pepper' Martin, who brought Paul Schulte out from Brooklyn to Mastic in 1922. Now how's that for trivia!
The Azzattos were very active in the early civic affairs of Mastic Beach. They are buried near my grandparents Walter & Julia Joseph in Mt. Pleasent, Center Moriches. Here they are enjoying a night off and socializing at Paul Schulte's Tavern circa 1940's
Photo Courtesy Of My Niece : Dawn Heslin-Joseph Pack
SO WHAT DID YOU HAVE ? THE SPECIAL ? THE PORKCHOPS? ..... THE ......?
FINALLY HERE'S A LITTLE TRAVELING MUSIC TO HELP YOU DIGEST ALL THIS
IN THIS FINE RENDITION BY THE LATE GREAT CLAUDE THORNHILL & HIS ORCHESTRA .... CLAUDE ONLY EMPLOYED TOP MUSICIANS OF THE DAY & THEY ARE AS GOOD ,IF NOT BETTER THAN RUDY CARTER'S "ROYAL CANADIANS".... I KNOW THAT IS HARD TO BELIEVE BUT TRUST ME I KNOW! (Gil Evans played piano in Thornhill's outfit) SO CLOSE YOUR EYES FOLKS... CLICK & TAKE TIME OUT TO LISTEN TO RODGERS & HART'S PERFECT LITTLE SONG TO END THIS PAGE.
"THERE'S A SMALL HOTEL"
Words & Music by the Great Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
Written In 1935 for "Jumbo" The Song Also Appeared In "On Your Toes" 1936
There's a small ho - tel with a wish - ing well,
I wish that we were there to - geth - er;
There's a bri - dal suite, one room bright and neat,
Com - plete for us to share to - geth - er.
Looking through the win - dow You can see a dis - tant stee - ple
Not a sign of peo - ple -- who wants peo - ple?
When the stee - ple bell says, "Good night, sleep well,"
We'll thank the small ho - tel to - geth - er.
We'll creep in - to our lit - tle shell,
And we will thank the small ho - tel to - geth - er.
DODI ASKS ....DID YOU HIT THE LINKS? ...THERE IS A BUNCH OF THEM ON THIS PAGE