Toot’s Shor’s Restaurant was the bomb!
It was known for its oversized circular bar and was frequented by celebrities, and together with the 21 Club, the Stork Club, Delmonico’s and El Morocco was one of the places to see and be seen. Joe DiMaggio often went there to eat, and that helped make it famous. Toots was said to do personal favors for Joe as well, at no cost.
Jackie Gleason always ate there for free. Other notable guests included Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, Yogi Berra, Ernest Hemingway, Bing Crosby, Jack Dempsey, Walter Cronkite, Peter Lorre, Gay Talese, and Mike Wallace.
And then, as Sinatra says in archival footage (from a lecture at Yale, no less), “When Babe Ruth walked in I damn near wet my pants.”
Final Resting Place:
280 Secor Road
Hartsdale, New York, 10530
Grave Location:Hillcrest A, Grave 1204
Grave Location Description
After entering through the entrance between Cherrywood and Maplewood, go left to head northwest. Turn right at the second intersection to go north towards the next intersection and past the Rosewood Cremation Garden. Park your car along the street between Sections J and A. Then walk into Section A and head south for about 120 feet. Toots Shor’s final resting place is located in the southeast corner of Hillcrest A on the far east side of the section.
Or you can park your car behind the Rosewood Mausoleum and facing the Rosewood Cremation Garden (with your back to the mausoleum, take the path on the far left of the garden and turn right and walk along the fence behind Rosewood Cremation Garden a short distance to the Shor monument.
He is buried next to James Baldwin, renown American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist.