Andrew MacElhone, Longtime Owner of Harry’s Bar, Dies at 75
PARIS (AP) _ Andrew MacElhone, longtime owner of the famous Paris watering hole Harry’s New York Bar, has died of a heart attack, his son said Thursday. He was 73.
MacElhone _ whose father Harry opened the bar, catered to Ernest Hemingway and mixed the first Bloody Mary _ was the owner-manager from 1958 until 1989, said his son and current owner, Duncan MacElhone.
``Andy″ MacElhone, born on the day his father bought the bar in 1923, suffered a heart attack Sunday and died Monday in Cannes, where he retired seven years ago, Duncan MacElhone said.
Andy MacElhone first worked with his father in 1939, when Harry’s New York Bar was the Paris hangout of the Lost Generation, serving drinks and American food to Hemingway, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein.
The Scottish-born Harry MacElhone and son fled to London when Germany occupied Paris in 1940. Andy served as a captain in the British intelligence corps in Africa and later in Germany, where he was injured after falling on a land mine, his son said.
Andy MacElhone followed his father back to Harry’s in Paris in 1947, and took over when Harry died in 1958.
``He was instrumental in solidifying the French customer base from what had been totally Anglo-Saxon,″ MacElhone said. ``He was friends with (Jean-Paul) Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Marguerite Duras.″
For years, ``sank roo danoo″ is all it’s taken for taxi-borne tourists to reach the famous bar behind the Opera at 5 rue Dannou.
Cocktails invented at Harry’s Bar include the French 75 (named after the World War I artillery piece) in 1915, the Bloody Mary in 1919 and the Side Car in 1931.
Duncan MacElhone became the third MacElhone to run the bar when his father retired in 1989. Andrew MacElhone also is survived by his sister, Patricia Beddard.