Artichoke Joe's recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. The business dates back to 1916, when a young Maltese immigrant named Giuseppe Sammut bought an old stable on Huntington Avenue in San Bruno and converted it to "Joe's Pool Parlor." ("Giuseppe" means "Joseph" in English.)
The place featured a couple of pool tables, a poker table or two, and a bar. Today, our bar and restaurant are still located in this historic building, whose decor retains the flavor of the Old West.
Joe's Pool Parlor operated here until the early 1950s. Most of the business had to do with the horse races--not just at the local Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno, but also throughout California and the United States. The pool hall's convenient location near the San Bruno stops for both the trolley line and the Southern Pacific Railroad made it easy for customers to journey from San Francisco down to San Bruno.
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