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Historical restaurant lists presidents and gangsters among patrons
Even before its incorporation 53 years ago, Lighthouse Point has attracted good folks and Good Fellas. Cap's Place epitomizes that legacy, from its speakeasy and casino beginnings during Prohibition to what it is today, 81-years later -- a romantic and rustic waterfront restaurant.
Owned by siblings Talle, Ted and City Commissioner Tom Hasis, Cap's boasts a visitor list that includes Meyer Lansky, Al Capone; actors Jim Belushi and George Wendt; Beatle George Harrison; singer Mariah Carey and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey.
Bill Clinton has chosen from the mostly seafood menu several times, from when he governed Arkansas until 18 months ago, and Franklin D. Roosevelt once dined there with Winston Churchill.
In 1990, Cap's was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A unique aspect of the place is that it has parking only for disabled customers. Most patrons must park at the restaurant's dock and take its shuttle boat across Lake Placid.
Lighthouse Point resident Moira Elliott Day courted a favorite boyfriend at the unique spot where old photos and mementos hang on its wooden walls.
"On one of our first dates, Alan said, 'We have to move here,' " Elliott-Day said.
Cap's must have worked its magic: the couple married and moved to the city from Sunrise five years ago.
Staff Researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.
Linda Trischitta can be reached at ltrischitta@SunSentinel.com or 954-356-4233.