( - May 16, 1983)

After a brief law career, Mickey Ruskin began his first restaurant / social nexus in the early Sixties. His first places (the Tenth Street Coffee Shop, Deux Magots, the Ninth Circle) led to the legendary Max’s Kansas City, started in January 1966. The back room became the central gathering place of the Factory, while the front room provided a mix of artists, fashion models, and random celebrities. The Velvet Underground inaugurated the upstairs music space in June 1970, which became a key venue for punk music. After Max's closed, Ruskin ran the Broome Street Bar, Max's Terre Haute, The Locale, and Chinese Chance.

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