Fonds P192 - Nick Morara fonds

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Nick Morara fonds

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  • [193-?]-[195-] (Creation)
    Morara, Nick

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5 textual documents
12 photographs

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Nick (Narciso) Morara was an Italian nightclub chef in Montreal.

Brought up in Bologna, Italy, Nick Morara immigrated to Canada in 1922, shortly followed by his mother, who was a dressmaker. Since his arrival in Canada, Nick Morara lived in Montreal. He was married to Norma Hayes.

Upon his arrival in Canada, Nick Morara first worked as a chef at Roncarelli’s restaurant until its closure, then at Chez Ernest. Later he worked at Tic Toc, Club Lido and finally at Chez Paree. During World War II, Nick Morara organized the opening of the Chicken Coop. Together with Alexander Horner he opened a hotel in Piedmont, Quebec – the Old Lantern Inn – around 1947, which burned down in 1949.
Nick Morara died at the age of 63.

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The fonds was transferred from Concordia University's Records Management and Archives Department to Concordia University Libraries' Special Collections March 16, 2016 and April 6, 2016.

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The fonds relates to Montreal Nightlife and Nick Morara’s career as a chef in Montreal clubs. It illustrates the Montreal clubs and nightlife from the point of view of a non-musician working in the club scene. It also includes information on the Old Lantern Inn.

The fonds includes photographs, newspaper clippings, a club menu, a business card and a fee receipt card.

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The documents were donated to the Concordia University Archives by Norma Morara Hayes in 2004.


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