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are some books that mention the Bustanoby family:
The Beautiful and Damned
Contributors: F. Scott Fitzgerald - author
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1998
Deplorable End of the Chevalier O'Keefe
It was Monday and Anthony took Geraldine Burke to luncheon at the Beaux Arts*--afterward they went up to his apartment and he wheeled out the little rolling-table that held his supply of liquor, selecting vermouth, gin, and absinthe for a proper stimulant.
Geraldine Burke, usher at Keith's, had been an amusement of several months. She demanded so little that he liked her, for since a lamentable affair with a débutante the preceding summer, when he had discovered that after half a dozen kisses a proposal was expected, he had been wary of girls of his own class. It was only too easy to turn a critical eye on their imperfections: some physical harshness or a general lack of personal delicacy--but a girl who was usher at Keith's was approached with a different attitude. One could tolerate qualities in an intimate valet that would be unforgivable in a mere acquaintance on one's social level.
Geraldine, curled up at the foot of the lounge, considered him with narrow slanting eyes. "You drink all the time, don't you?" she said suddenly.
"Why, I suppose so," replied Anthony in some surprise. "Don't you?"
"Nope. I go on parties sometimes--you know, about once a week, but I only take two or three drinks. You and your friends keep on drinking all the time. I should think you'd ruin your health."
Anthony was somewhat touched. "Why, aren't you sweet to worry about me!"
"Well, I do."
Matinee Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Our Theater
Contributors: Word Morehouse - author
Publisher: Whittlesey House
Publication Date: 1949
CHAPTER VII: Luana, Peg, and Mary Turner
WHEN THE CHIMES of Old Trinity brought in the year of 1910 there was unbroken peace throughout the world; life in America flowed along placidly. William Howard Taft was going his then untroubled way as the nation's Chief Executive. Charles Evans Hughes was Governor of New York. William Jay Gaynor was the great city's Mayor and Charles Whitman its new District Attorney, having succeeded the stormy and brilliant William Travers Jerome. New Yorkers were playing bridge, golf, and the horses. They were riding in the wonderful new motorcars of the day -the Benz and the Cadillac and the Buick, the Hudson and the Lozier and the Isotta, the Beareat Stutz and the Locomobile and the Ford and the Marmon and the Maxwell ($600 up). They were taking round-the-world tours, and trips to the West Indies and to the Orient and to Boston via the Joy Line. And, on the morning of January 1, 1910, they were nursing headaches brought on by New Year's Eve merriment at Martin's and the Café des Beaux Arts, at the Little Hungary in Houston Street and the Café Boulevard in Second Avenue, at Rector's and Shanley's and Delmonico's, at the Knickerbocker and the Holland House and the Astor.
Dancing till Dawn: A Century of Exhibition Ballroom
Contributors: Julie Malnig - author
Publisher: Greenwood Press
Publication Date: 1992
team held an "Apache Night" at Bustanoby's
restaurant cabaret (on West Thirty-ninth Street) for
which the club was decorated like an Apache "den"
and the public was asked to dress in Parisian styled
"underworld" outfits. The professional dancers,
of course in costume, kicked off the evening's revels
by introducing a variety of ballroom numbers that the
public eagerly imitated.
(Footnotes: "A Night with the Apaches of Paris
Underworld," The New York Review, 18 January 1913.)
Prettiness : Burlesque and American Culture
Contributors: Robert C. Allen - author
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: 1991
the upper-class "mashers" are frequently represented
in terms of a metonym for the luxurious life-style they
offer -- the lobster. In a High Rollers poster featuring
Mamie Lamb, Lamb rides a red-hot stove turned carriage
pulled by two giant lobsters. In a Bon-Ton Burlesquers
poster, "A Warm Reception," a lobster dances
with a burlesquer atop a dining table while three seated
male admirers raise their champagne glasses in salute.
In the 1890s new and spectacular restaurants opened
along Broadway to accommodate the theater crowd and
other "men about town." Rector's, Shanley's,
Maxim's, Bustanoby's, and Churchill's all featured gilded
interiors and specialized in expensive late-night suppers
-- so-called bird-and-bottle dinners. If a "sport"
or a baldhead wanted to show off his "bird,"
these lobster palaces, as they were called, could oblige.
If he desired more privacy, private dining rooms were
available. Lobsters came to signify culinary extravagance,
the elaborate setting in which such expensive fare was
served, and the man who attempted to impress his dining
companion by ordering it. The image of the wealthy sugar
daddy entertaining a chorus girl at one of these lobster
palaces was a familiar one by the turn of the century,
particularly after the Harry Thaw murder trial in 1906
when, it was revealed, architect Stanford White had
met and entertained Floradora Girl Evelyn Nesbit at
With a Feather on My Nose
Contributors: Billie Noyes Burke - author, et al.
Publication Date: 1949
the few occasions when we went to restaurants, Bustanoby's,
Sherry or Delmonico's were the proper places to go.
So far as I know there was no such thing in New York
as a "night club" until, say, 1910 at least.
These restaurants catered to big private parties, providing
several rooms and three- or four-piece Negro orchestras
for dancing. Duck à la presse was the thing to
eat, and the avocado was a luxurious rarity.
The Great Illusion: An Informal History of Prohibition
Contributors: Herbert Asbury - author
Publication Date: 1950
restaurant and cabaret operators who dominated New York's
night life before prohibition--George Rector, the Delmonicos,
Louis Sherry, the Bustanoby brothers, Captain James
Churchill, the Shanleys, Thomas Healey, Jack Dunstan,
Joel Rinaldo, John Reisenweber, and others--were men
of standing and integrity. The night club and clip-joint
entrepreneurs who succeeded them, and whose operations
invested Broadway with its "new moral tone,"
were of an entirely different stamp. Occasionally an
honest but misguided promoter would attempt to open
a night club, but since it was impossible to operate
profitably without liquor, he had to begin by making
an illegal connection with a bootleg ring. That meant
paying off the politicians, the police, and all the
others, and he soon found himself deeply involved in
a situation which he couldn't handle. Invariably he
either went bankrupt or was frozen out, which is a way
of saying that gangsters muscled in, if he had a good
location, and told him to get out or get killed.
Deep in My Heart
Contributors: Elliott Arnold - author
There is an entire chapter about how Sigmund Romberg convinced Andre and Jacques to allow after dinner dancing in their restaurant and how Andre helped encourage and mentor Romberg in his career as an orchestra leader and composer. The book was made into a movie, and in the true Hollywood style the story line was changed, although in the opening scene they do mention Bustanobys.
A Short Autobiography (written for the New Yorker)
Contributors: F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald mentions Bustanobys in his story "My
Lost City" and in his "A Short Autobiography"
written for the New Yorker - a satirical account of Fitzgerald's
life summed up by the places he got drunk. 1915 was Bustanoby's
- his choice - a fine bottle of wine.
Here are some books written by Andre Steven Bustanoby:
I Didn't Want A Divorce - A biblical and practical
treatment on questions of divorce and remarriage.
Talk To Me - Communication
A Success At Who You Are - Turning around a maladaptive
Men and Women Be Just Friends - It depends on your
meaning of "friend."
Wrath of Grapes - Drinking and the church divided
Reason for Hope When You've Been Abused
Reason for Hope When Your Child Is On Alcohol or Drugs