After I posted the blog about the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, I received a message from Louis Markoya introducing himself and correcting some of the statements that I had made. He said he had been a close associate of Salvador Dali from 1970 to 1974 and “was awarded the term protoge by him.” Below I quote the information he provided.
“The King Cole Bar is not where Dali held court at the St. Regis, but the now gone cocktail lounge was the place. On Sunday evenings the hotel would close the lounge exclusively for Dali’s us, and court started usually 6PM sharp. The King Cole Bar was a constant place of meetings and other gatherings as Dali often did not want guests into his suites…..as for the mural Dali had little or no feeling for it, remarking that it was decorative, and Parrish was a mural painter (which in Dali’s world was no compliment).”