The Cozy Corner

The Cozy Corner was a black owned Black and Tan located at 4100 Hastings at Alexandrine.  Mack Ivey owned the 200 seat bar and opened it in 1936.  It is worth noting that at the time it was built, all black labor was used to construct it.  For a time, it was the only black owned bar on Hastings.  Mack Ivey was considered a giant of a man at the time standing six feet tall.  He worked in a foundry in 1916 and saved his money before opening a restaurant on Hastings and Alfred, the Busy Bee Café in 1918.  A few years later he owned two other businesses on Hastings, a barbershop and a poolroom.  Above his bar at the Cozy Corner he housed a gambling spot.

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