Today is National Waitstaff Day, which is somehow fitting, since today is also the 86th anniversary of the closing of famed NYC restaurant Delmonico’s. Once the epitome of fine dining in the city, the restaurant suffered insurmountable setbacks after the passing of Prohibition. The night before the restaurant closed, they threw one last enormous dinner for their longstanding regular customers. Going out with a bang.
Prohibition, of course, lasted for another nine years, and the closing of Delmonico’s (and other fine dining restaurants) was just one of its unintended consequences. A boost to the candy industry was another and, most famously, the rise in organized crime. Not to mention a very healthy expatriate scene in more booze-friendly countries.
Oh, and today is also National Strawberries and Cream Day. Dessert for your waiter?