The site of Montgomery’s renowned Elite Cafe (pronounced E-lite) at 121 Montgomery Street. It opened in 1910 and during its 1940s-‘50s heyday, it was known region wide. In that era, all the guests at the numerous masked balls would reassemble here after the dance was over and continue the revelry on into the night.
As a 24-year old bachelor and newcomer in 1951, I would sometimes eat lunch at the counter in the Elite lounge area, but more often I would go around the corner on Lee Street to its less-grand back-door companion eatery (shared kitchen), where I could get a gourmet lunch for 75-cents.
The Elite was noted for its steakes and seafood, and I recall a live lobster tank just inside the front entrance.