Born on 12 January 1884 in Waco, Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan played a gun-slinger and rode bareback in silent films, took New York by storm in 1906, and earned a salary of $700,000 as a speakeasy hostess. Here are highlights from a life led at full speed until 5 November 1933. Meet TEXAS GUINAN!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Texas Guinan's Club: 117 West 48th St.

In 1925, Texas Guinan and her business partner Larry Fay launched the Texas Guinan Club at 117 West 48th Street. When police padlocked that club, the Del Fay opened its doors at the El Fay nightclub's old address, serving drinks until the feds came around to serve a summons for violating the Volstead Act.
By 1934, the restaurant Hoy Yuen opened in the same location off Sixth Avenue. Since Prohibition had just been repealed, the Chinese eatery advertised its "Luxurious Cocktail Lounge" as well as "Our intimate Ming Room available for private parties."
Hoy Yuen's telephone number: Circle5-5959