GEORGE LOIS

RESTAURANT CONCEPT, NAME AND DESIGN BY GEORGE LOIS FOR RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES, 1972

MA BELLS

(FOOD, PHONE, AND LONG DISTANCE BAR)

 

Ma Bells was situated in Shubert Alley, just across from the world-renowned Shubert Theater, with each table having a 1930s telephone that worked. Phone calls were on the house, with businessmen making calls at lunch and theater-going mothers phoning their sitters at night. Over the bar and covering its walls hung a gallery of famous people on the phone making juicy remarks.