On this day in 1975, longtime Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. At the time, however, he was an ex-Teamsters president who had served prison time. Hoffa was last seen that day outside a suburban Detroit restaurant called Machus Red Fox. He reportedly showed up there to have lunch with Anthony Giacalone, who allegedly had ties to organized crime. What happened to Hoffa remains a mystery.
As for the restaurant, it served its upscale clientele a menu of rich dishes — from rack of lamb a la Leopold to veal scaloppine a la Française. Hoffa liked Machus Red Fox so much that he had the restaurant host his son James’ wedding reception. After Hoffa disappeared, the restaurant’s cachet grew.
During his years as Teamsters leader, Hoffa rarely had the time to eat a relaxed, sit-down dinner. But when he did, his preferred entrée was a porterhouse steak, served well-done.