Coffee Dan’s Restaurant Ware Plate Vintage Hotel and Coffee Shop Ware Prohibition Speakeasy and Bar San Francisco History


A unique piece of restaurant dinnerware from Coffee Dan’s. The piece comes with a note that was sent to Daniel, the recipient of this gift. The oval plate is in very good antique condition with utensil marks and some of the transferware rubbed off in the black trim. It has no chips, cracks, or crazing. The plate measures 9 x 6 inches.

This is what the note say, “Daniel: In June 2004, my friend asked me to come over and price some china her parents left up in her garage attic for the last 30 years. My friend is 62 years old. Her parents used to work at the Olympia, which is where the Detroit Red Wings hockey team played in the 1930s and she thought some of this china came somehow from their working there. Some of the other china was dated 1927. She had three Coffee Dan plates, and one of those was dated 1926. I didn’t think to ask for one at the time I priced it. Later, I got the idea and called and told her to put on way for me. The rest she sold at a garage sale. Unfortunately, she did not think to save the dated plate for me. Anyway, I know the plates dates to 1926, I went on the internet and found that was a silent movie named, “The Heiress At Coffee Dan’s” which came out in 1916. Also there is a coffee chain in California that has been famous since the 1950s. Maybe, there was an earlier Coffee Dan’s from which this silent movie got the name. In any case, I thought it would look cute in your own place someday so I put it away for you.”

A great note, don’t you think?

This is a quote from San Francisco's city guide about Coffee Dan's. "No one should forget San Francisco’s riotous Coffee Dan’s. The original club opened in 1879 as a cabaret located in the basement below Daniel Davis’ restaurant on the southeast corner of Sutter and Kearny. After the earthquake and fire of 1906, Dan moved his club to Powell and O’Farrell Streets. Like its predecessor, it opened for breakfast, serving customers long past dinner with entertainers that belied the apparent low station of the café. Posh city magazine The Wasp proclaimed Coffee Dan’s the rendezvous for San Francisco’s elite in their May 20, 1916 issue."

Coffee Dan's died in 1917 and his son continued during Prohibition as a speakeasy. Coffee Dan's is a great story, you can find more on it at They closed in the 1950s.

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