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Henry's Hi-Life

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
1. Henry's Hi-Life Marker
Inscription. Henry’s Hi-Life, once known as the Torino Hotel, was opened in 1960 by Henry Puckett (1914-1986). Originally a boarding house for dozens of newly immigrated Italian workers, the building was first named the new Progress Hotel.

Charles Sacco, a cook, was the owner of the new Progress Hotel, moving the existing structure to this site after the 1906 earthquake and adding a six room, two-story addition in 1908. The architectural style and building materials used in construction are typical of the buildings originally built in the 1880’s.

The business changed hands in 1914 and was re-named the Torino Hotel. Owner Bartolomeo Vinassa, who immigrated to San Jose in 1903 and operated a nearby hotel, moved his business into this structure. Early directories list the address as the northwest corner of San Augustine and Pleasant Street, or 301 San Augustine Street. The Torino Hotel, operated by Bartolomeo and Caroline Vinassa, was widely known for serving generous portions of Italian food and providing fellowship for immigrant workers. A bocce ball court was located just north of the hotel.

Henry Puckett acquired the abandon hotel in 1960 and restored the building, adding a bar that was built in 1933 and salvaged from an old San Francisco hotel. Doris Puckett, Henry’s widow, carried on the tradition of Henry’s Hi-Live
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
2. Henry's Hi-Life Marker
by serving great food and supporting good times for nearly five decades.
 
Erected 2008 by E Clampus Vitus, Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 20.117′ N, 121° 53.892′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on West St. John Street west of North Almaden Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 West St John Street, San Jose CA 95110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. International Business Machines : RAMAC (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain Thomas Fallon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Remembering Agriculture (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hotel De Anza (approx. 0.2 miles away); College of Notre Dame (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Fallon House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Luis María Peralta Adobe (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pellier Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
More about this marker. Henry's Hi-Life is located near San Jose's Little Italy Historic Park and sits at the intersection of West St. John Street and North Almaden
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
3. Henry's Hi-Life
Road.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 30, 2012
4. Henry's Hi-Life
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 11, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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