Upscale black restaurant, 1864

Found a cool story about an excavation of a tavern that was open from 1864-1875 near Reno, Nevada. The owner was black and catered to both the black and white community of his town.

This particular tavern indicates that either Mr. Brown was much more upscale than anyone else around or that the West wasn't quite as wild as we think of it as. There are plenty of pistols and coins and empty alcohol bottles at the site, but there are also crystal goblets, new gas lamps, mineral water bottles from Germany and soda water bottles from Ireland.

They also found a broken bottle of Tabasco. They think this place was one of the first restaurants to serve it.

I thought it was cool to read about it. Go to netscape news to read it for yourself.