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NEWYORK CENTRAL The Silver Palm


THE MATCHBOX SITS ON A SLIVER of land where North Milwaukee Avenue cross- es North Ogden Avenue in Chicago’s River West neighborhood. Known as “the Box,” and at 460 square feet arguably the smallest tavern in the city, it’s been here for over 75 years. Praised in print by sources as diverse as Crain’s Chicago Business, Bon Appetit and Penthouse, it’s famous for bartenders with personalities as strong as the spirits they muster. Here, though, the larger signif- icance is that it gave birth to The Silver Palm, home to “railroad car dining.”


A sunny fall evening finds me sitting at


one of the six pairs of four-tops in that rail- road car, a 1947 Budd-built ex-Atlantic Coast Line dining car, across from its owner, David Gevercer. His loose-fitting gold-on- peach print shirt over white slacks, the per- fect accessory for his blond hair, trimmed in a mod-ish sort of way, marks him as the pro- totype center-city proprietor of an iconic ur- ban neighborhood bar and restaurant. As I sipped the best Perfect Manhattan I’ve ever tasted — a cloudy pink concoction of bour- bon, sweet and dry Vermouth, bitters, and


THE SILVER PALM/ JAMES D. PORTERFIELD


2012 CALENDAR Color covers. Thirteen photos inside. Historical information. $11.00 each. Ohio residents include 75¢ sales tax.


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