On Tuesday,President-elect DonaldTrump snuck out of Trump Tower for dinner at the historic 21 Club.
The visit, first reported on Twitter by a reporter who happened to be dining at the same spot, surprised practically everyone. That’s because Trump broke protocol by leaving his headquarters without alerting the pool of reporters meant to travel alongside him at all times.
The 21 Club is a prestigious bar and restaurant just a few blocks from Trump Tower. It has hosted almost every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as Hollywood stars, since it opened in 1930 as a speakeasy. Take look inside the famous eatery.
The 21 Club is located in Midtown Manhattan, on 52nd St. near 5th Ave.
The jockey statues that greet guests outside the restaurant date back to the 1930s. The first one was donated by patron Jay Van Urk, who had an affinity for horses.
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During the Prohibition Era, the 21 Club was a speakeasy.
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After being raided by officials in 1930, the speakeasy hired architect Frank Buchanan to design well-hidden liquor cases that could destroy evidence if the bar was raided again.
The system was effective. In 1932, the 21 Club was raided again, but due to camouflaged doors and invisible chutes, officials found no evidence.
The 21 Club’s well-hidden wine cellar could store 2,000 cases of wine.
It has had the privilege of housing the private wine collections of Presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Mae West, Eva Gabor, and Aristotle Onassis.
The ceiling in the 21 Club’s famous Bar Room, where Trump was spotted, is covered with hanging model airplanes and other toys. The decor dates back to 1931, when the first British Airways “flying boat” was hung.
Throughout the ’50s, various movies such as “All About Eve” and “The SweetSmell of Success” featured scenes shot inside the 21 Club. Director Alfred Hitchcock was also a frequent visitor.
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The 21 Club has hosted every president since FDR, with the exception of George W. Bush.
The night before his inauguration, John F. Kennedy dined there.
In the ’80s, the 21 Club became a place to power lunch.
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Famous tables at the 21 Club include Table 31, which has sat the Clintons and the Kennedys, as well as Table 14, where Frank Sinatra and Nancy Reagan have dined.
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