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Roberts Brothers Restaurant
El Paso, Texas

Description: Roberts Brothers Restaurant
Other Names: Shaglin Boxing
Address: 1627 Montana, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Type: commercial: restaurant
Original Client: Charlie and Al Roberts; Will E. Keller, Los Angeles capitalist
Historic Inventory:
Date: January 15, 1933
Condition:  extant

Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: 
Contractors: Donn Piatt
Dimensions and Orientation: 50×25 dining room and reception room 16 feet
Budget/Cost: $15,000

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: brick
Roofing Materials: 
Other Materials Used:
Remodeling and Additions: 

Present Owner:
Location of Drawings: 
Location of Documentary Photographs:

Bibliography: (1) El Paso Time Sunday January 15, 1933 page 8

Remarks:  This was a new idea in modern eating places. Fashioned on the plan of the west coast residential and and suburban dining room.

The building was followed the Spanish architect design. Inside it was equipped with walnut fixtures, finished leather upholstery. Along each side were rows of circular booths. The building was designed to care for 92 diners. There was not entertainment of any kind, no dancing, no music- not even a radio. Four lots were graveled for parking.

Charlie and Al Roberts operated “The Modern Restaurant” in the basement of the Mills building for 13 years, from 1915 to 1928.


Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1980