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Alaska Business

501 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99503

907-276-4373 (telephone)
800-770-4373 (toll free)
907-279-2900 (fax)

Business Staff

General Manager: Jason Martin
VP Sales & Marketing: Charles Bell
Senior Account Manager: Janis Plume
Account Manager: Christine Merki
Accounting & HR: Bookkeeper
Customer Service Rep: Emily Olsen

Editorial Staff

Managing Editor: Kathryn Mackenzie
Associate/Web Editor: Tasha Anderson
Art Production: Linda Shogren
Digital & Social Media: Arie Henry

Alaska Business Magazine January 2020 cover

In This Issue

The Marx Bros. Café

January 2020

Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.