806 Buffalo St.

Cardinal Cafe – Saturday, December 23,1933 – Ad. Image used by permission of Herald Times Reporter/Gannett.com

Del’s Cardinal Tap Room – 1939-59. This was Del’s original floor plan. He remodeled in 1960, and after that called it, The Cardinal Lounge. From an old postcard. Photo courtesy of Gwen Brault.

Cardinal Tap Room – circa 1940’s. Del Brault at his cash register. Photo courtesy of Gwen Brault.

 

Cardinal Tap Room – 1950. The Cardinal Tap Room appears in the lower portion of the photo to the left of the Barber Shop.

Cardinal Tap Room – circa 1950s. Bill Gauger bartending with customer Martin Gordon on left. Image courtesy of Carol (Gauger) Hanson and John Hanson.

Del’s Cardinal Lounge – Circa 1960’s. Image courtesy of Gwen Brault.

Del’s Cardinal Lounge – 1960. This photo shows the interior after it was remodeled to create the “Cardinal Lounge”. Photo courtesy of Gwen Brault.

Del’s Cardinal Lounge – 1960’s. Del on the left with bartender, Wally Fritsch. Photo courtesy of Gwen Brault.

Del’s Cardinal Lounge – 1960’s. This is Wally Fritsch and the ladies from the hair salon next door, playing a trick on Del by posting this sign in the front window during Del’s absence. The Jim in the sign refers to Jim Kiesner who worked as a bartender for many years, not only at Del’s, but also places such as Art Braunnel’s Bowling Alley & Bar. This from Jim’s son, Kenn: “When Jimmy tended at Art Braunnels during and just after the war (until 1952), Art had to many times bring in two keepers to replace him. Wally & Jim were the best one-two bartenders in the business. We spent many days there, including around Christmas when we came in for the Cardinal’s famous “Tom & Jerry’s”. I was at Brault’s at times watching the batter being made and hurried down to the bar.” Photo courtesy of Gwen Brault.

Del’s Cardinal Lounge – 1960’s. This is one of the few existing photos showing the interior color scheme. Photo courtesy of Gwen Brault.

Del’s Cardinal Lounge – circa 1960’s. Del and his customers. Photo courtesy of Gwenn Brault.

Del’s Cardinal Lounge – matchbook, 1960. Courtesy of Gwen Brault.

Del’s Cardinal Lounge – 1960 – Cocktail Menu. Image courtesy of Gwen Brault.

Del’s Cardinal Lounge – 1960 – Cocktail Menu. Image courtesy of Gwen Brault.

Del’s Cardinal Lounge – circa 1960s. Looking north across Buffalo St. Photo courtesy of Gwen Brault.

Del’s Cardinal Lounge – Friday, March 16, 1984 – ad. Image used by permission of Herald Times Reporter/Gannett.com

Champ’s – 2008.

Robin’z Hood – 2008. This tavern was in existence for about 1 year. Photo courtesy of Michael Novak.

Robin’z Hood – 2008. Bar token – front.

 

Robin’z Hood – bar token, back.

Mike’s Buffalo Inn – Summer 2009. This tavern appeared for a short time after Robin’z Hood closed. I don’t believe an outside sign was ever erected. This photo was taken through the front window after it was out of business with the wall sign displaying “Mike’s Buffalo Inn”.

Shoot the Bull – April 2010. Don Salveson and Wally Fritsch, former bartenders of Del’s Cardinal Lounge, pay a visit to their old haunt. Photo courtesy of Lori Belland.

Shoot the Bull – 2010.