1935 5

Club Triangle was a night club at 6031 Adeline at Stanford Avenue, on the west side of where Driver Plaza now sits. It was also referenced with 851 - 61st Street. It was open from 1933 until 1967, when it was destroyed in a fire that burned much of the block. 8 NB: the name was spelled Klub Triangle in a few references after it was sold in 1965.

Just 9 weeks after Prohibition ended in 1933, it opened as the Triangle Beer Garden, run by "Charley and Bill" who had previously run Alcatraz Eats. 9

With much fanfare, it re-opened as Charley Rush's in May 1934. A photo shows an elegant cabaret with white tablecloths, and it featured dancing to Charley Rush's 4-Piece Orchestra. Offerings included wines from Theodore Gier Wine Company.

1934 ad 101934 10

Charley's involvement seems to have been short-lived. The 1938 directory lists him as a meat cutter at J.M. Rush Meats, a business owned by his brother, Jack M. Rush.

In 1935, Franklin Lewis and Clarence Andrews filed for a cabaret permit for the location. 1 Clarence "Babe" Andrews was involved with it until he sold his interest in 1965. 2

Boxing promoter Max Blum was also an owner from 1935 to 1965. According to his obituary, the club was a favorite meeting place for East Bay boxing enthusiasts. 3 His name appears along with Clarence Andrews in the 1938 directory. That directory also lists Richard Lewis as a musician at the club, and lists the club under "Restaurants and Lunch Rooms."

1940 ad 6

In 1965, it appears the club was sold to Verlin E. Mattox. 7 Unfortunately, the club and the surrounding businesses were destroyed in a fire in November 1967. The cause was under investigation, but an OFD battalion chief noted that the blaze was fed by two 50-gallon drums of oil or solvent in one of the auto shops. 8

Bits and Pieces

1911 Sanborn excerpt 1950 Sanborn excerpt

The 1911 Sanborn shows a liquor store at 6029-6031 Adeline, and a connected saloon at 6033.

Links and References

  1. Notice of Hearing Oakland Tribune June 26, 1935
  2. obituary for Clarence Andrews Oakland Tribune January 11, 1981
  3. Promoter Max Blum dies Oakland Tribune May 18, 1978
  4. Richard Diebenborn - Berkeley Figurative Years diebenkorn.org
  5. ad Oakland Post-Enquirer July 27, 1935
  6. ad Emeryville-Golden Gate Herald November 8, 1940
  7. Notice of Hearing Oakland Tribune August 11, 1965
  8. Block of Buildings Burns Oakland Tribune September 18, 1967
  9. Triangle Garden First Oasis for Berkeleyans who Crave Good Beer Emeryville Golden Gate Herald June 9, 1933
  10. Charley Rush Opens Cabaret On Berkeley Line Oakland Post-Enquirer May 30, 1934