Dining on the Milwaukee Road

A cool old cookbook from the Milwaukee Railroad Dining Cars…


A rare find, to say the least. I love to collect cook books, and every so often, I find one that is real special.

Charles E. Rector and his son, George Rector, were owners of several restaurants in Chicago and New York. Beginning in 1899 during the commercial boom in New York, Charles Rector opened Rector’s, a restaurant on the intersection of West 44th and Long Acre Square, blocks from Times Square. After several years of great success, catering to the needs of high society in New York, Rector’s slowly began to go into decline as the result of a steep culture shift in 1904.

In an attempt to fight his restaurant’s notoriety and win back it’s place among the great restaurants of the ever changing New York commercial scene, Charles Rector decided to demolish his restaurant and begin anew, building a 16 story establishment that would serve as both a hotel and restaurant for New…

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