It’s fitting that, on a day we’ve posted about gone-but-not-forgotten dining and drinking spots in New York and Los Angeles, we’d learn that, beginning on Monday, the Sundance Channel will be airing a new documentary about Toots Shor’s, a legendary joint we neglected to mention in our previous post.
Between World War II and the end of the Eisenhower era, Manhattan’s place to be and to be seen was Toots Shor’s eatery. Here, New Yorkers could rub elbows with stellar figures from the worlds of sports, journalism and politicians (even the mob), including Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and Jackie Gleason. Presiding over it all was Shor himself, a self-described Philadelphia Jewish “kid on the hustle” whose story is colorfully told in this “marvelous” (New York) documentary by granddaughter Kristi Jacobson.
The first airing is at 8 p.m. eastern on Monday, July 12, with these additional airings to follow:
- Tuesday July 13 at 1:30 a.m.
- Tuesday July 13 at 11:45 a.m
- Sunday July 18 at 6:40 a.m.
- Sunday July 18 at p.m.
- Tuesday July 27 at 6:35 p.m.