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This is a good thing.
Both will have new owners—and while I knew the old owners of both, and I’m sad that they’re not the proprietors anymore, life moves on.
Humphrey’s was founded by a guy named Robert “Humphrey” Mangelsdorf who worked as chief bartender of Friday’s (no, not the chain) across the street. When Friday’s the chain came to Missouri, they bought out the bar’s name, which changed to something else. Bob Sr. started his own joint in 1976. It lasted a long time.
Many people met their future spouses in their bar, some probably got divorced because of what happened in their bar. I never met Humphrey. He died long before I came to Saint Louis. His youngest son, Mark, is the same age as me. But if you look in the photo above, you can see a street sign behind the bar.
I had the St. Louis City Street Sign department make a custom sign for my old boss, Jan, Humphrey’s widow. We put behind the bar until it closed in 2017. (There is a Humphrey Street in South City, no relation.) Jan put our wedding photos behind the bar. Where else does that happen?
Bars are institutions, they’re a lifeblood of the community. Some come and go, as most businesses fail in the restaurant industry. But some endure. And when they go, we should mourn. But when they come back? We should cheer.
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