• LOCATION 34 | Unholy Toledo Tour: Gambling and Gangsters in the Glass City

    Golden Rose Supper Club | 121st Street and 304th Street

    Golden Rose Supper Club | 121st Street and 304th Street on Toledo, Ohio audio tour Unholy Toledo Tour: Gambling and Gangsters in the Glass City

    Let's let any traffic go by and pause in the middle of the intersection up ahead for just a minute to get a view down the street toward the bay.

    Looking out to your right, at the end of 121st Street is a vacant lot on the north side of the street that was once home to a popular bay-side restaurant in Point Place. Club Lido was a place to enjoy dinner and a few drinks along Maumee Bay throughout the 1920s. It was owned and operated by John O’Connell until the Licavoli gang decided to take it over and reopen it as the Golden Rose Supper Club when they arrived in Toledo in 1931. Let's keep going and tell you more. Head straight ahead to 124th Street, turn right and then left of 305th Street

    Under Licavoli ownership, Club Lido was transformed into an elegant supper club with all the amenities. It featured an expensively decorated first floor, a separate dance hall, and gambling suites on the second floor. Unfortunately for Licavoli, nightly police raids ordered up by Jimmy Hayes kept the gamblers away. According to local historian and author Ken Dickson, Licavoli mistakenly blamed Jack Kenned for the regular visits from law enforcement. He was eventually forced to abandon the Golden Rose for the Show Boat Lounge on Superior Street in downtown Toledo. ​

    Now continue straight. We'll be turning right on 124th St. shortly.

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