“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Moss Beach in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Moss Beach Distillery

Historical Landmark - California Point of Historical Interest

The Moss Beach Distillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 30, 2013
1. The Moss Beach Distillery Marker
Inscription. During Prohibition, the San Mateo Coast was an ideal spot for rum running, bootleggers and “speakeasies,” establishments which sold illegal booze to thirsty clients.

One of the most successful speakeasies of the era was “Frank’s Place” on the cliffs at Moss Beach. Built by Frank Torres in 1927, “Frank’s” became a popular nightspot for silent film stars and politicians from the City. Mystery writer Dashiell Hammett frequented the place and used it as a setting for one of his detective stories.

The restaurant, located on the cliff, above a secluded beach was a perfect location to benefit from the clandestine activities of Canadian rum-runners. Under cover of darkness and fog, illegal whiskey was landed on the beach, dragged up a steep cliff and loaded into waiting vehicles for transport to San Francisco. Some of the booze always found its way into the garage beneath “Frank’s Place.” Frank Torres used his excellent political and social connections to operate a highly successful, if illegal, business. Unlike many of the other speakeasies along the coast, “Frank’s Place” was never raided.

With the repeal of the prohibition in 1933 Frank Torres remained in the food service business as one of the most successful restaurateurs along the San Mateo County
The Moss Beach Distillery (formerly Frank's Place) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 30, 2013
2. The Moss Beach Distillery (formerly Frank's Place)
The marker is visible here in front of the couple engaged in reading it.
coastside. “Frank’s Place” now called The Moss Beach Distillery still retains its spectacular view and secluded location above the ocean coves.

The Distillery also retains one of “Frank’s” former customers, as well. Its resident ghost, "The Blue Lady” still haunts the premises, trying to recapture the romance and excitement of “Frank’s” speakeasy years. The story of The Blue Lady was documented by the TV program "Unsolved Mysteries", and has been seen by millions of people around the world. Perhaps you will see her today!
Location. 37° 31.059′ N, 122° 30.766′ W. Marker is in Moss Beach, California, in San Mateo County. Marker is at the intersection of Beach Way and Ocean Boulevard on Beach Way. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 Beach Way, Moss Beach CA 94038, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memorial to the Commercial Fisherman Lost at Sea (approx. 2 miles away); Ocean Shore R.R. and Granada (approx. 2.6 miles away); Granada's Burnham Plan (approx. 2.6 miles away); Miramar Beach Restaurant (approx. 3.1 miles away); Sanchez Adobe (approx. 4.9 miles away); Captain Don Gaspar de Portolà (approx. 5.6 miles away); Discovery of San Francisco Bay (approx. 5.7 miles away); First Concrete Bridge Erected in San Mateo Co (approx. 5.8 miles away).
Also see . . .  History. The Moss Beach Distillery's history. Note that the marker is a word-for-word copy of the web page, with the web page differing only by virtue of its historical photographs of Frank's. (Submitted on April 5, 2013.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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