MATCHBOOK COLLECTING – Just for the Fun of It

On this website are states, provinces, and countries showing places we are aware of that have matchbooks or matchboxes (whether with matches, notepaper, toothpicks, or mints) with their names.

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Here are monthly updates about restaurants with matches (and hotels, too):

May 2024 started quickly with matches at Sapphire Motel and Plonk Wine Bar in Bozeman, Montana. In New York City, New York, Albert’s, American Bar, Buvette, Cafe Cluny, The Campbell, Don Angie, Emmett’s, The Folly, Fonda, Galway Hooker, Keys & Heels, Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery, Little Ruby’s, Olio E Piu, Raoul’s, Roscioli, and Spaniard have matches with their names. And, Louis Louis in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, has matches as does River’s End in Jenner, California. In Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Perch Plants & Odds & Ends has matches with its name. In Washington, District of Columbia, The Hamilton, Morris American Bar, and Sonny’s Pizza all have matches. The Bar at Chihuly Garden & Glass in Seattle, Washington, has matches. In Cincinnati, Ohio, Maury’s Tiny Cove Steak House has matches. In Arizona, Hon-Dah Casino in Pinetop, Apache Gold Casino in San Carlos, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, and Moon Smoke Shop in Tucson all have matches. Hiroki-San in Detroit, Michigan, also has matches. In Cannes, France, Lucky You Saloon, JW Marriott, and Hotel Martinez have matches; in Italy, Hotel Buca di Bacco in Positano, Hotel Hassler in Rome, plus in Venice, Locanda Cipriani, Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal Restaurant, and Hotel il Palazzo Experimental have matches; and in Barcelona, Spain, Cecconi’s has matches.

April 2024 started quickly with matches at The Royal Tot plus Church and Union in Charlotte, North Carolina. In Hoboken, New Jersey, The Brass Rail has matches. All & Sundry, Carnegie Club, Chaz Palminteri, Edward’s, Jupiter, Madame X, Pebble Bar, and Upstairs at the Kimberly have matches in New York City, New York, as well as Horses & Divorces, Please Tell Me, The Red Pavilion, and Sound + Fury Brewery in Brooklyn. In Key West, Florida, Shots and Giggles has matches. In addition, there are matches at Captain Woody’s in Bluffton, South Carolina. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Craftsman Row Saloon and El Vez have matches while in Pittsburgh, Barcelona Wine Bar does. In Providence, Rhode Island, Sin Bakery does, too. AfterBar, bartaco, Homer’s Bar, Marquee Lounge, and Sparrow in Chicago, Illinois, The Lakely and Revival Records in Eau Claire, plus Maduro Cigar Bar in Madison, The American Club in Kohler, Ishnala Supper Club in Lake Delton, Wisconsin, and Parlour Bar in St. Paul, Minnesota, have matches. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Downs Racetrack & Casino and Sands Casino have matches with their names while in Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Casino, Santa Fe Cigar Shop, Tesuque Casino, and Tonic have matches. In Milan, Italy, LuBar and Pacifico have matches. Avra in Beverly Hills, Tao in Hollywood, Beginners Diner, Fast Idol, Lafayette Hotel, Saint James French Diner, and Seneca Trattoria in San Diego, and Pancho’s in Manhattan Beach, California, have matches, too. Ghost Baby, Longfellow, and Lost & Found OTR in Cincinnati, Ohio, have matches with their names. In Montreal, Quebec, Barbossa has matches. Centennial Public House in Greeley, Colorado, and Sparrow in West Hartford, Connecticut, both have matches.

March 2024 has started with matches at Dante & Luigi’s, Giuseppe & Sons, Good Dog Bar, Harp & Crown, Parc, and Via Locusta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Princeton, New Jersey, The A&B (Alchemist & Barrister) and A Little Taste of Cuba (tobacconist) have matches with their names while in Washington, District of Columbia, Barcelona, Hank’s Oyster Bar, and Lost City Books have matches as does the Hotel Morgan in Morgantown, West Virginia. In Windsor, Ontario, Maiden Lane Wine & Spirits has matches, too. The Dawson, DeNucci’s, Kingston Mines, Second City, and Sunda – River North in Chicago, Illinois, also have matches. In London, England, Cecconi’s, Dean Street Townhouse, and La Famiglia have matches while in Atlanta, Georgia, Bastone, Le Colonial and Thirty have matches. In Florida, Barcelona Wine Bar and Dirty French in Miami have matches as do Sweet Liberty in Miami Beach, Little Bar in Goodland and Capri Fish House in Isle of Capri. Original Joe’s, San Francisco, The Bungalow in Corona del Mar and Bivouac Adventure Lodge in San Diego, California, have matches, too. In New York City, New York, Anto, Bacaro, Daintree, and Empire Steak House have matches with their names while, in Dallas, Texas, Little Daisy has matches. Meanwhile, in Kohler, Wisconsin, Inn on Woodlake and Olive N’ Ash have matches and in Honolulu, Hawaii, Chart House Waikiki has matches. Cutty’s, Darling Oyster Bar, Doar Brothers., Felix, Hall’s Chophouse, and The Rarebit in Charleston, South Carolina, have matches with their names. In Kansas City, Missouri, Piropos has matches as well as J.W. Heist Steakhouse in Bozeman, Montana, and Ometeo in Tysons, Virginia.

In February 2024, it was a good start to the month given that matches were found in New York City, New York, at Faces and Names, George Washington Bar, Gotham Coffee Roasters, Isabell’s Osteria, Nat’s on Bank, Paradise Lost, Ray’s Bar, Russian Tea Room, and Sardi’s (Manhattan) and The Little Pig and Royal Palms Shuffleboard (Brooklyn); and in Bozeman, Montana, at Cactus Records & Gifts and Intrigue Ink. In Minnesota, matches have been found in Minneapolis at Berlin Music Bar, Bina’s, Butcher & the Boar, Char Bar, & Kim’s and in Prior Lake at Mystic Lake Casino. Meanwhile, in Louisville, Kentucky, Hell or High Water has matches and in Florida, Macchialina in Miami Beach has matches as do Chateau ZZ’s and Delilah in Miami, The Auk Market in Gainesville and Superica in Winter Park. Acanto, Coda di Volpe, Le Grande Boucherie, and Oriole in Chicago, Illinois, have matches with their names. Frannie & The Fox in Charleston, South Carolina, has matches, too. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Prunella and Wilder have matches.

January 2024 started with matches in ChicagoIllinois, at Lottie’s; in Shelbyville, Kentucky, at Jeptha Creed Distillery; in Louisville at Hotel Genevieve, Molly Malone’s, and Proof on Main; and in San Antonio, Texas, at Liberty Bar and Nineteen Hyaku plus at Palomino Coffee in Austin and, in Houston, Annabelle Brasserie, Anvil Bar & Refuge, B.B. Lemon, B&B Butchers & Restaurant, Guard and Grace, Home Slice Pizza, Johnny’s Gold Brick, La Carafe, La Lucha, Little Dipper, Little’s Oyster Bar, Love Buzz, Montrose Cheese & Wine, Pistolero’s, Rosie Cannonball, Shay McElroy’s, State of Grace, Superica, Uchi, and Warren’s Inn plus Woodlands Fine Cigars in Spring. In San Diego, California, Lucrezia, Paradisea (both in La Jolla), and Polite Provisions have matches with their names while in New York City, New York, Aime Leon Dore Cafe, Babbo, Beekman Hotel, Grammercy Tavern, The Mercer, Monkey Bar, and Skin Contact Wine Bar have matches as does Francie in Brooklyn. Bar Arbolada, Bradford House, and Bunker Club in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, also have matches as does Bar Futo in Portland, Maine. In Arkadelphia, Arkansas, All American Hamburger Barn has matches with its name as do Bardog Tavern and The Cove in Memphis, Tennessee and Superica in Nashville plus Krueger’s Tavern and Pepp & Delores in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For December 2023, matches started with Charlotte, North Carolina, at Church and Union. In Washington, District of Columbia, Le Diplomate has matches with its name. In Kansas City, Missouri, both The Camground and Afterword Tavern and Shelves have matches with their names as do the Albert, Golden Teardrops, Lonesome Rose, Sparrow, and The VIG in Chicago, Illinois, and The Engine Room in Mystic, Connecticut. In New York City, New York, The Carlyle, Kettle of Fish, and Virginia’s have matches plus Congress Bar and Saraghina Caffe (in Brooklyn). Belle Meade Social and Oxbeau in Memphis, Tennessee, The Nest Market/Cafe in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, Row 34 in Boston, Massachusetts, Fat Stogies Cigar Lounge in Los Angeles, California, and Vero Pizza Napolitano in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, all have matches.

For November 2023, matches began with Le Supreme, Ladder 4 Wine Bar, Mutiny Tiki Bar, and Siren Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, followed by Otto’s High Dive in Orlando, Florida and Buccan in Palm Beach. In Missouri, Golden Ox, Hotel Kansas City, Ombra, and Stockyards Brewing Co. in Kansas City; The Ozarker Lodge in Branson; and Cinder Block Brewery in North Kansas City have matches while in Kansas, Of Course Kitchen in Overland Park and Cafe Provence in Prairie Village have matches. In San Antonio, Texas, Carriqui has matches with its name. In Charlestown, Massachusetts, Warren Tavern has matches as does Contessa in Boston and in Wells, Maine, Bitter End has matches. In Alabama, Bottega, Chez Fonfon, and Otey’s Tavern in Birmingham, Le Weekend in Mountain Brook, and Grove Station in Tallassee have matches. For Stockholm, Sweden, Haymarket and Hotel Lilla Radmannen have matches as does Girafe in Paris, France. In New York City, New York, American Bar, Anotheroom, Bar Primi, Buvette, Due West, Extra Virgin, Jack & Charlie’s No. 118, The Odeon, Pony Bar, Rezdora, and Rocco Steakhouse have matches with their names while in Brooklyn, duckduck and Win Son have matches. In Chicago, Illinois, El Che and Dove’s Luncheonette have matches; in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Alma has matches; in Monona, Wisconsin, Waypoint Public House has matches; and in Baltimore, Maryland, Marta has matches.

MontrealQuebec, began October 2023 with matches at La Taverne du Pelican. In Wichita, Kansas, Mort’s Martini and Cigar Bar has matches as do The Penrose and The Tyger in New York City, New York, and Union Pool (Brooklyn). In Chicago, Illinois, DeNucci’s and Sparrow have matches with their names while, in Auburn, Alabama, Ariccia, 1856, and Lucy’s have matches and so do The Den at Beetlecat and Little Sparrow in Atlanta, Georgia. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Grace & Proper, Holt’s Cigar Company, and My Loup have matches and in London, England, Moro has matches with its name. In Minnesota, Sooki & Mimi in Minneapolis and Maynards in Excelsior have matches. In Gainesville, Florida, Baby J’s Bar has matches as does Char Steakhouse in Raritan, New Jersey. Peche Seafood Grill and The Rambler in New Orleans, Louisiana, have matches, too. In Lexington, Kentucky, Darling Wine Bar, Jeff Ruby’s, Luna, and Sidebar Grill have matches while in Atlanta, Georgia, Steak Market has matches.

With September 2023, matches have been found in Jersey City, New Jersey, at Cellar 335. In Connecticut, Il Pellicano and Sophie’s Pizza Bar in Fairfield and Nomade in Westport have matches while in California, Auberge du Soleil and Bear at Stanly Ranch in Napa have matches as well as Harvest Table and Press in St. Helena and Rollati in San Jose. In New York City, New York, be sure to visit Avra Madison Estiatorio, Bar Orai, La Goulue, Macao Trading Company, Club Macanudo, Match 65 Brasserie, Motel Morris, Panorama Room, Pineapple Club, JG Melon, and Split 8’s. And, in Chicago, Illinois, visit Aba, Fox Bar, and Peanut Park. In Clawson, Michigan, Dee Dee’s Rare Vintage has matches with its name; in Lexington, Kentucky, The Break Room, Elkhorn Tavern, and The Manchester (plus Granddam and Lost Palm) have matches; and in Dallas, Texas, DL Mack’s and Drake’s have matches plus St. Elmo Brewery in Austin. In Helsinki, Finland, Skiffer and Yes Yes Yes have matches with their names as does Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado. In Nova Scotia, Salt + Ash in Halifax has matches while Collision in Toronto, Ontario, also has matches.

It is a new month — August 2023 — and matches have been found in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where CRU, Current Vintage, Greydon House, Lemon Press, Millie’s, and NanTaco have matches with their names and. In Bozeman, Montana, Tune Up Basement Bar has matches. In Minnesota, Apostle Supper Club and Mancini’s in St. Paul both have matches. Pier 23 in San Francisco, California, has matches as do Basan in Detroit, Graduate Rock Bar in East Lansing, and Flyleaf in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. In New York City, New York, Employees Only, Holywater, Jeffrey’s Grocery, and The Noortwyk have matches with their names. In New Jersey, Agricola, The Meeting House, and Tommy’s Tavern & Tap in Princeton and Sergeantsville Inn in Sergeantsville have matches, as does Stem Bar in Montreal, Quebec. In Chicago, Illinois, Bar Mar, Bellevue, Cafe Sophie, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Gemini, Joe’s Seafood, Maple & Ash, and Tortoise Supper Club have matches with their names while in Nashville, Tennessee, House of Cards has matches, in Tampa, Florida, Willa’s has matches and in Charleston, South Carolina, 167 Raw has matches.

Our thanks to the bulletin of the Empire Matchcover Club for printing articles mentioning places that have matchbooks or matchboxes with their names.