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Posted December 15, 2010
Tales from The Matador, a cabaret in the Barbary Coast section of San Francisco, where you went to be seen and to see the stars.
Now gentrified, The Matador stood as one of the 'hip' places to be in the 1950's and 1960's . Opened with the proceeds he received from writing his best selling novel of the same name, the cabaret became the watering hole for some of the entertainment industry's elite. Ava Gardener, Bing Crosby, Orson Welles, Sinclair Lewis, Lucille Ball, David Niven and Truman Capote among others, spent time relaxing, drinking and signing in on The Matador's guest register.
Conrad Barnaby, the Matador's owner was quite a character in his own right. Writer, artist (several examples grace the pages of the book), and bullfighter, Barnaby opens to us a slice of a bygone time.
A significant portion of the book tells of his bullfighting escapades, some history of the sport and some of it's greats and their great battles.
Constantly intriguing and entertaining, this book will keep you turning the pages while reveling in stories of the famous visitors to The Matador.