Originally opened in 1887 as part of the Saugus Train Station under the name Saugus Eating House, it took its present name, The Saugus Cafe, in 1899.
It moved to its present location in 1905 and was remodeled and enlarged in 1925. (1908) Cole’s Founded by Henry Cole in 1908 on the bottom floor of the Pacific Electric Building, which at 10 stories was once L. Known for their cocktails and French dip sandwiches, which both Cole’s and nearby Philippe’s claim to have invented.
Cole’s story is that the au jus dipped roll was prepared at the request of a customer with sore gums who could not eat the crunchy bread.
Closed briefly in March 2007 after 99 years in business, Cole’s was brought back to its original splendor with a new owner in 2008 with vermillion red wallpaper, a long mahogany wooden bar, a copper penny tiled floor, Tiffany-style lamps, old photographs mounted on the walls and a back speakeasy.
After a lot of detective work I’ve compiled this “Master List” and plan to update it regularly.
I’m sure there are many holes in my research and would appreciate additions and updates in the comments section below.
It will make it easier to find the vintage restaurant you are in the mood for by type of food and neighborhood.
Claims to have been a hangout of 1930s-40s gangster Mickey Cohen.
(1908) Philippe the Original An old fashioned delicatessen with sawdust on the concrete floors, long communal wooden tables, vintage wooden booths and photographs and historical ephemera covering the walls.
The original tin ceilings were uncovered, new neon was added to the front and an old-time feeling wooden bar was added with more neon.
The decor features vintage pharmacy items, newspaper wallpaper, old tin signs and vintage product packages.
It is a traditional diner/cafe, with bar attached, featuring wood paneled walls and both counter and booth seating.