JFK - A Day In Dallas
JFK50GT #14: Campisi's (The Egyptian)
JFK GeoTrail - A
Day in Dallas
frequently ate at this restaurant, including on the night before Kennedy was
shot. He was friends with the owner. The two of them had enjoyed evenings out
together at different clubs around Dallas. The owner of the restaurant was identified
by the FBI as the head of the organized crime family in Dallas. While many of
Dallas' elite entertainers, athletes, and politicians were wined and dined
here, it was the mystery as a mob hangout that attracted many curious diners.
The ties were of significant concern such that the owner was questioned both by
the Warren Commission, and later by the House Select Committee on
Assassinations. He acknowledged his association with Jack Ruby, but attempted
to minimize that connection when questioned under oath. To this day, the
alleged mob association provides much of the charm and mystery surrounding the
The spot was called the Egytpian
Lounge when the restaurant moved in. To save money, they just took down the
"Lounge" part and added "Restaurant." This is the original sign.
While the restaurant was the first to serve pizza in
Texas, much of their charm continues to be the suggestions mob intrigue, like
this faux speakeasy door with privacy window and the low lighting maintained
during business hours.