The Black Bottom-Paradise Valley area is known and remembered as a notable Black neighborhood. It was also home to several immigrant communities, including Eastern European immigrants. Jake’s Bar was owned by Mr. Jake/John Levine (born Jacob Chafetz) and his brother-in-law Mr. Morris (Moishe) Hoptman, both Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants from Russian Poland. The bar operated at 1670 Hastings St from 1937 to 1955.
According to Morris’s grandson and Jake’s great-nephew Ari Hoptman (email to Black Bottom Archives, April 27, 2021), who also supplied this entry’s photographs, "Morris had run a small grocery store previous to this and Jake had a number of small business ventures.”
Ari further notes: “Music may have been played there, but I can’t quite imagine my grandfather or his brother-in-law knowing much about the blues or which acts to book. I hope I am wrong, though!”