ECV1850 Plaque:
Henry's Hi-Life

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Henry's Hi-Life
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
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 abandoned 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-Life by serving great food and
supporting good times for nearly five decades.

 Victorian Bar

This plaque is located on the west
side of the Henry's Hi-Life building
at the parking lot entrance.

Henry's Hi-Life
301 West Saint John Street
(at North Almaden Blvd, near the
Highway 87/Guadalupe Expressway overpass.)
San Jose, CA
Santa Clara County, CA.

Henry's Hi-Life
WGS84 Datum
N 37.33524°
W 121.89814°

Thomas Guide map page 834, A6.

Henry's Hi-Life website.

 Victorian Bar

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(Left to Right) NGH Pete "Pepino" Ramirez,
XNGH Patrick "Aloycious" Sweeney,
Jason Alarid Owner, Richard Aranda General Manager,
and Charlie Raquet christening the new plaque.

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NGH Pete "Pepino" Ramirez

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XNGH Patrick "Aloycious" Sweeney presenting
Jason Alarid, Owner of Henry's Hi-Life, with the
Official ECV1850 Waterin' Hole Certificate.

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