During the 1940s, the New York Cafe occupied the space at 5420 W. 44th Ave. Originally granted a sales license to serve 3.2 beer, the establishment eventually brought notoriety to Mountain View and eventually, definitive action by the town board of trustees.
According to a letter posted to Mountain View Mayor D.S. Hutchinson on March 15, 1943, from 1st Judicial District Attorney Richard H. Simon, the New York Cafe was “operating all hours of the night and as a result thereof, people frequent this place, become intoxicated, and in general the place is a nuisance.” The letter contained resolution to provide appropriate assistance should the town “take care of a situation in which we are all interested.”
On April 25, 1944, town documents reveal “a public remonstrance was held at the Town Hall.” The meeting was attended by members from the sheriff and district attorney’s office, representatives from the state liquor license department, and citizens of Mountain View. At the meeting, evidence was presented against the New York Cafe “relative to the manner in which it had been conducted and operated.”
Ultimately, at a regular meeting on May 1, 1944, the town trustees resolved “application and approval for a 3.2 beverage license at the New York Cafe be and the same hereby recalled, rescinded and vacated.”
Within a year, the owner of the New York Cafe requested another 3.2 beer license and “permission for a music box in my place. If my request is granted, dancing will not be allowed.”
By 1945, the Mountain View community was voted dry, so it is unlikely the New York Cafe had a second chance for beer sales. It is unknown as to whether or not the cafe was filled with music without dancing.