San Diego, California: Men Only Until 3:00 PM Sign

The Grant Hotel's Grant Grill restaurant used to ban women patrons until after 3 pm, so they wouldn't interfere with the city's male power brokers. A women's protest ended that, and the exclusionary plaque is preserved.

U.S. Grant Hotel

326 Broadway, San Diego, CA
U.S. Grant Hotel, between 3rd and 4th Ave. on Broadway.
Lunch M- F 11 am-2:30 pm; Dinner Su-Th 5:30-10 pm, F-Sa 5:30-10:30 pm. (Call to verify)
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Men Only Until 3:00 pm. Men Only Until 3:00 PM Sign

At first blush, the "Men Only Until 3:00 PM" sign seems out of place. However, after a couple minutes, you feel the highbrow ambience of the hotel and how the high-powered men of the time would limit the input of women. A nice hotel with a very interesting history.

[Drumbabe, 11/04/2012]
Men Only Until 3:00 PM plaque. Men Only Until 3:00 PM Sign

The Grant Grill restaurant, in the U.S. Grant Hotel, was a major hot spot for the movers-and-shakers in San Diego politics and business. Women were not permitted in the restaurant during these power lunches. In 1969, a group of women staged a sit-in and forced the restaurant to change its men-only policy.

The sign declaring "Men Only Until 3:00 PM" is located, along with an explanatory plaque, in the hotel lobby just to the right of the grill's entrance.

[Jason Britton, 05/21/2011]

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