A Brief History
of 835 Fifth Avenue
The exciting history of our historic building begins after
the gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, when Wyatt
Earp rode into town with his new bride, Josephine.
During the 1880’s, Earp ran a saloon and gambling hall here called “The
Oyster Bar“, dealing “Faro“- a card game popular at the time
- in what we now call The Wyatt Earp Room.
Over the years, Wyatt Earp owned or leased at least four Saloons
and Gambling Halls in San Diego. The most famous was the Oyster
Bar, located in our beautiful Victorian structure, the Louis
Bank Building. It has been reported that the owner was a distant
relative of Wyatt’s wife, Josie.
This was one of the better known and frequented Saloons in the city. One
of the reasons for its popularity was that upstairs was a brothel
called The Golden Poppy. The unique feature was that each room
was painted a different color and each lady wore a dress the
same color as her room.
our beautiful building stands tall and proud as the most photographed
building in the Gaslamp Quarter.
data from “Wyatt Earp,
The Missing Years:San Diego in the 1880’s“,
Kenneth R. Cilch, Kenneth R. Cilch Jr.
John Wismont, a
Poway resident, is one of Southern California’s Premier Graphic
He is a graduate of the High School of Industrial Arts in New York City,
where he was first introduced to commercial art. Later, he received
a B.A. Degree in Art at California State University Long Beach.
his college days, Disneyland recognized John’s remarkable talent
and offered him a position as a portrait artist. As a result,
John became “The World’s Most Prolific Portrait Painter“, as
noted in the Guinness Book of World Records (1978-1987) by painting
over 45,000 watercolor portraits in under five years.
day, a call came from a TV anchor who later produced a feature
spot on his newscast about John’s portrait work. This story
was instrumental in John becoming the first vendor for portraits
at our World Famous San Diego Zoo.
can be reached at 858-748-3603
Our dining room walls abound with portraits of San Diegans,
and others, who over the years have made significant contributions
to our town and the world. From Lindbergh to Dr. Seuss, Raquel
Welch to Jonas Salk, and Ernie Hahn to Tony Gwynn, our mural
is a tribute to their lives.
July of 2002 we were voted Best of the Best Steakhouses
by 600,000 San Diegans (BestOf.com), however, the secret of our
success lies with our fabulous staff who make it all possible.
Leading our culinary team is Executive Chef Jose Kelley. Chef Kelley
has served as Executive Chef of Cafe Pacifica, Rainwater’s and
5th & Hawthorne.
Chef Kelley combines his vast knowledge of American, Asian
and Southwestern cuisine with some of California’s great wines
to further enhance the dining experience at Georges on Fifth,
the Gaslamp Quarter’s Premier Steakhouse.
L. Harrington III oversees the operation. He first arrived in San Diego in 1985 as Vice President and
General Manager of the Catamaran Resort Hotel. The re-emergence
of the Catamaran on the San Diego hotel scene was expected in
light of his past successes.
He had recently opened Bally’s Park Place Casino Hotel, a
$350 million casino, serving as its General Manager. He was
also President of Merjan Hotels and General Manager of the Berkeley-Carteret,
one of the Jersey Coast’s most beautiful and famous hotels.
Prior to this, he spent 10 years with Hilton Hotels Corporation
at such prestigious properties as the Los Angeles Hilton, Denver
Hilton, Atlanta Hilton, and Chicago’s Palmer House and its world
famous “Empire Room“.
During the final years of the Vietnam War, George was decorated
with a Bronze Star and 3 Air Medals while serving as a First
Lieutenant with the 1st Air Cavalry Division.
In 2000, George returned to his home in San Diego after working
for Donald Trump as Vice President Hotel Operations for Trump
Plaza and Trump World’s Fair Casino Hotels, to continue his
career as a restaurant owner.al