Guide to the Maurice L. Graves Collection of Restaurant Menus

Amanda Graham
Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library
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Sacramento, CA 95814
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Guide to the Maurice L. Graves Collection of Restaurant Menus

Collection number: MC 18

Sacramento Public Library

Sacramento Room

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Amanda Graham
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Amanda Graham
Copyright 2011 Sacramento Public Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Maurice L. Graves collection of restaurant menus
Dates: 1937-1997
Collection number: MC 18
Collector: Graves, Maurice L.
Collection Size: 1 linear ft. (3 archival boxes)
Repository: Sacramento Public Library. Sacramento Room
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: Maurice L. Graves was a cook and long-time California resident who worked for decades in Los Angeles and Sacramento-area restaurants. This collection is comprised of 110 restaurant menus collected by Maurice Graves from primarily Sacramento restaurants (1937-1997).
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the Sacramento Room.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Use of the described materials may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Sacramento Public Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Maurice L. Graves collection of restaurant menus, MC 18, Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California.


Maurice L. Graves was born January 28, 1926, in Gainsville, Florida. At 17 he began his lifelong career as a cook with a job at the Hereford Grill in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1944 he joined the U. S. Navy and for the next two years served as ship's cook in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. When he was finished with his service in the Navy, Graves moved to Los Angeles, California, and married on his 20th birthday. For the next 17 years he worked in restaurants primarily in the Hollwood area, including Tiny Naylor's. In 1963 he moved with his two daughters to Sacramento, California, and worked first at The Wayside and then a number of other establishments, including the La Mirada, George's, and The Lobby. Graves died in 2001 and was buried in Sunset Lawn Memorial Park in Sacramento, California.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of 110 restaurant menus collected by Maurice Graves from primarily Sacramento restaurants (1937-1997). The menus represent 67 restaurants and include those from some of the city's most enduring establishments, such as Lil Joe's, Tony Baloney's, and Paragary's Bar and Oven, as well as some lesser known operations.
Menus are ordered alphabetically by restaurant name.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Restaurants -- California -- Sacramento.
Restaurants -- Menus -- California -- Sacramento.
Acapulco (Sacramento, Calif.)
AJ Bump's Freeport Saloon (Freeport, Calif.)
Aldo's (Sacramento, Calif.)
The Almanack
Americo's (Sacramento, Calif.)
Bay 90's Diner
Big Potato (Sacramento, Calif.)
Blue Bell Coffee Shop (Placerville, Calif.)
Blum's (San Francisco, Calif.)
Bon Air Party Specialties (Sacramento, Calif.)
Buggy Whip
The Bull Market Restaurant (Sacramento, Calif.)
Charley's Press Club
Choo Choo Diner
Christopher Green (Sacramento, Calif.)
Club Cal Neva (Reno, Nev.)
Cyrano (West Hollywood, Calif.)
Down Home Restaurant (Sacramento, Calif.)
El Mirador
The Embers Steak House
The Firehouse
Formosa Cafe (North Sacramento, Calif.)
Gater's Last Call Cafe
George's (Sacramento, Calif.)
Granada Room
Henri's (East Palatka, Fla.)
His Lordships (Sacramento, Calif.)
Hoagy's, B-B-Q & Teriyaki (Carmichael, Calif.)
Hotel Sacramento (Sacramento, Calif.)
La Mirada (Fair Oaks, Calif.)
Leatherby's Family Creamery (Sacramento, Calif.)
Lil Joe's (Sacramento, Calif.)
The Lobby (Sacramento, Calif.)
London Cellar Pub
Marie Callender's
Mimi's Continental Cafe (Los Gatos, Calif.)
Monte Verde Inn (Auburn, Calif.)
Paragary's Bar and Oven (Sacramento, Calif.)
Pinky's Bordelli (Sacramento, Calif.)
Prime Rib Inn
Recess Room
The Red Baron
Ronnie Alvernaz's Distillery
S. S. Monterey
Sacramento Depot (Sacramento, Calif.)
Sal's Italian Restaurant (Auburn, Calif.)
Sam's Big Top (Sacramento, Calif.)
Senator Hotel Embassy Room (Sacramento, Calif.)
Spaghetti Emporium
Stroh's Neptune Table (Sacramento, Calif.)
Stuart Anderson's Black Angus
Sy & Loran's Jug's End (Roseville, Calif.)
Tony Baloney's (Sacramento, Calif.)
The Town House (Sacramento, Calif.)
Trader Dick's (Sparks, Nev.)
Villa Basque (Stockton, Calif.)
The Wayside (Sacramento, Calif.)
The Windjammer (Sacramento, Calif.)
Zeke's (Sacramento, Calif.)
Zombie Hut

Collection Contents

Box: 1

Acapulco - Formosa Cafe

Box: 2

"Gater's" Last Call Cafe - Pinky's Bordelli

Box: 3

Prime Rib Inn - Zombie Hut; Unidentified