Manuel Joseph Maloof
) was the Chief Executive Officer and Commission Chairman of DeKalb County, Georgia
, prominent Atlanta politician and owner of Manuel's Tavern, a popular Atlanta
Manuel Maloof was born in Atlanta, the second of seven children of Gibran "Brownie" Maloof and Lillian Shikany Maloof. His father had emigrated from Lebanon
in 1907; his mother was born in Savannah to Lebanese parents. After graduating from Tech High School he served in World War II
as an Army Air Forces mechanic and mess sergeant. While stationed in England he met his wife, Dolly Green.
In 1956 Maloof purchased Harry's Delicatessen on Highland Avenue, just outside of DeKalb County, later transforming it to Manuel's Tavern.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
describes Maloof's colorful tenure as owner of Manuel's Tavern:<blockquote>In 1968-69, Paul Hemphill
, a popular columnist for The Atlanta Journal, drank at Manuel's Tavern and wrote columns that made the proprietor into a local folk hero. Mr. Maloof was portrayed as a bartender-philosopher and a talented organizer of political protests. In December 1965, Mr. Maloof had organized 16 other tavern operators to successfully protest a move by the Atlanta Board of Aldermen to raise the Atlanta beer license fee from $144 to $750.
In the 1980s, the sideroom of the tavern served as the home for the theatre company of the Shakespeare Tavern
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