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9 The Vesuvio

The Vesuvio

The Vesuvio
The Vesuvio Cafe here was created in 1948 by a Swiss immigrant who wanted to create a space for Bohemian artists. It wasn't long before it was a popular haunt for famous poets and writers like Jack Kerouac author of On The Road. Jack Kerouac was one of the Beat Generation of poets and writers that came to prominence in the 1950s. At the height of that Beat Generation, the owner of the Vesuvio Cafe here, he created a Beat kit to allow tourists to dress themselves up as Beat poets. The kit consisted of a beret, some black-rimmed glasses, polo neck sweater, and a clip-on beard. So if you had any left-over you could probably sell them today as a hipster kit. Cheers. There're a lot of artworks from local artists, all around the Vesuvio. And there's also this thing, this concrete slab that looks a bit like Moses' 10 commandments. And actually, originally it was part of the sidewalk right outside the front door here. And when it was being laid and the cement was still wet, the owner of the Vesuvio, he etched in the names of all the people who were permanently banned from the bar. And years later when they dug up the sidewalk they salvaged this piece as a permanent record of all those naughty people.
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