Rearview: Historic Merchant Square has been home to several bars and restaurants

rearview historic merchant square has been home to several bars and restaurants

Sumary of Rearview: Historic Merchant Square has been home to several bars and restaurants:

  • I’ve been talking to people recently about Merchant Square — the bars and restaurants in the Nuu­anu Avenue and Merchant Street area.
  • “There were five bars operating on that corner back then: O’Toole’s, Jameson’s Irish Pub, the Merchant Square Oyster Bar, Matteo’s and a small bar behind O’Toole’s called Sneeky’s Spaghetti House.
  • ” The several restaurants in the area banded together to name themselves Merchant Square in 1978. Here’s a little bit about them.
  • Its waterfront location made it a gathering spot for merchants and sailors.
  • In 1947 an Army “Surplus Center” was there, followed by the Royal Spaghetti House in 1970, the Golden Guinea and then Matteo’s Royal Tavern in 1977. Matteo’s was founded by Matty Jordan, who was childhood friends with Frank Sinatra, who encouraged him to open his own place.
  • “When I started working there in 1977, downtown was in its heyday, with block parties on Friday nights that closed Merchant Street between Nuuanu Avenue and Bethel Street.
  • “The hui was comprised of Ed Greene, Furgie Ferguson, Billy ‘Super Star’ Williams and me.
  • ” Hampton owned the Territorial Tavern at Bishop Street and Ala Moana Boulevard.

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