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John's Grill celebrated its hundredth birthday a few weeks ago, and as a longtime fan of Old San Francisco and the works of Dashiell Hammett, I made sure to help observe the occasion. Hammett figures into the equation because at one point in his magnum opus, "The Maltese Falcon," gumshoe Sam Spade d ... More >>
John's Grill Owner Turns $25,000 Reward for the Stolen Maltese Falcon into San Francisco's Own 150-Pound Bronze & Lead Icon San Francisco will celebrate the return of the “Maltese Falcon” at a private, celebrity-filled luncheon scheduled for Friday, November 16, at John's Grill. -- Oscar Med ... More >>
Sam Spade would be a happy man today. As the Chronicle reports, the Maltese Falcon has returned to John's Grill, again. After a replica of the bird was stolen from its longtime perch at the Ellis Street restaurant in February, and a $25,000 bounty failed to bring it back, restaurateur John Konstin e ... More >>
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