1960s: Dominic’s (San Benito House): Early Owner History


(Photo: HMB Hotel, Dominics…and most recently the San Benito House [which has been sold in 2007] at the corner of Mill & Main Streets.)

From the Half Moon Bay Review, 1960s

“Domenic’s Place Sale Negotiations Now Under Way”

“Negotiations for the sale of Domenic’s Place in Half Moon Bay are now under way, according to Domenic Dagani who says that Michael deValera Murphy of San Mateo plans to purchase the business.

“The establishment located at the corner of Mill street and Main street, has been operated since June 27, 1935, when Dominic purchased it from Mrs. Abramo Luchessi of Purisima. It was previously known as the H.M.B. Hotel.

“It was indicated that if license transfer and financial arrangements are completed, the new owner will take possession by May 15, it was said.

“Dagani, who was born in Italy and spent part of his life in Switzerland before coming to the U.S. in 1921, came to the Coastside and worked at Dan’s Place in Moss Beach from 1924 to 1934. For a time he worked with the late Charlie Carlini. He says he has made “no plans” as yet for his future activities.”