So no, the story isn’t true. Not most of the time, anyway, and not to the satisfaction of actual researchers, according to The Detroit News.
At Tommy’s Detroit Bar & Grill, though, a few blocks up from the river on Third Street, the regulars can now say with academic certainty that they’re the proud descendants of illicit drinkers from the golden age of bootlegging. And there might well be a Purple Gang pedigree, too.
A team from Wayne State University and Preservation Detroit spent the summer exploring inside, outside and beneath the 144-year-old tavern. It found, among other things, a hidden staircase, a barrel full of butchered pig bones, shards of pottery and a rust-encrusted 70-year-old wrench.
“Garbage,” summarizes Ph.D. candidate Brenna Moloney of Ann Arbor. “But interesting garbage” – and useful keys to unlocking the continuing mystery of who we are, how we got here, and why anyone would put nice wood paneling in a basement room no law-abiding customer would ever need to see.
In other recent incarnations, the bar was known as the Golden Galleon and Mac’s on Third.<< previous 1 2 3 next >>