Tommy's Joynt

Manufacturer: Jackson China
User: Tommy's Joynt
Date: 1947 - 1951
Notes: Tommy's Joynt is a hofbrau-style restaurant located in San Francisco, CA. Opened in 1946 by Tommy Harris – a former mid-1930s radio entertainer nicknamed the Little King of Song – the restaurant is known for its garish mural exterior, funky interior, buffalo stew and vast selection of beer. Starting out as the first floor of a mural-painted red Victorian on Geary Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue, Tommy's Joynt has survived earthquakes and fires at the same location, enduring today as a stout mural-painted restaurant with two levels (see postcard and photo below).

Matthew Richard Poole, author of Frommer's San Francisco 2009, describes Tommy's Joynt as "a 58-year-old haven for cholesterol-be-damned hold-outs from America's halcyon days and a late-night favorite for those in search of a cheap and hearty meal. The restaurant's exterior is tame in comparison to the interior, which looks like a Buffalo Bill museum that imploded: a wild collage of stuffed birds, a mounted buffalo head, an ancient piano, rusty firearms, fading prints, a beer-guzzling lion, and Santa Claus masks."

Tan body, topmarked with the Tommy's Joynt shield logo and banner in brown.

1958 Tommy's Joynt Postcard

2008 Tommy's Joynt Photo

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