Bill of fare. Louisville Hotel. M. Kean & Co., proprietors
by Louisville Hotel
Louisville, KY: John P. Morton & Co, 1872. Bifolium, approx. 8¼" x 5½", showing on the front a wood engraving of the Louisville Hotel, with hours of operation, and on the back, a wood engraving of another M. Kean & Co. property, Maxwell House. The double-page spread on the inside gives an elaborate dinner menu on p. 2 for Tuesday, March 19, including turtle soup, leg of mutton, jole and greens, calf's feet a la Horli, Sago cakes with wine, roast prairie grouse with jelly, as well as assorted vegetables, relishes, pastries, and desserts; the wine list on page 3 lists 10 champaigns, 14 clarets, 3 ports, 9 "native wines," and assorted white wines, cider, liqueurs, ales and porters, all with prices affixed. Fine example. The Louisville Hotel, opened in 1833, was the city's first large, elegant hotel; it closed in 1938 and was razed in 1949. M. Kean & Co, the owner of the hotel, also ran the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville which opened in 1869. (Inventory #: 49194)
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