July 25, 2012 Slideshows

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Red Bones Den Closes in North St. Louis 

In this week's RFT feature story, Suzy Rust bids farewell to Red Bones Den, a legendary north St. Louis tavern owned by Warren "Red Bone" Lytle. Here's some more photos of the late-June closing party as well as Lytle's vast collection of memorabilia. Photos by Suzy Rust.
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A cocktail of luscious naked floozy
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The afternoon of Red Bone's closing celebration
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Custom detailing on Red Bone's limousine
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Red Bone's 1927 Excalibur personal "pimpmobile" limousine
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The convergence of two unique vehicles, Red Bone's Excalibur and Greg Rhomberg's 1930 Budweiser Land Cruiser
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Red Bone and his lady, Diane, in front of the Budweiser Land Cruiser
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Red Bone Lytle and Greg Rhomberg
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Bonette Kara Chatman with Red Bone chest tattoo
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Bonette Deleandra Jones and her new friend Mike Auck
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Visiting dignitary Bill Christman
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Bonette Thea Troupe flanked by Red Bone's Arkansas cousins, John Lewis and Roosevelt Hampt
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A crowd Red Bone's beer-drinking cousins 
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They need all the help that can get
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Red Bone and a namesake red lager
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The original Bonette Diane and Red Bone, June 30, 1974
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The original Bonette Diane and Red Bone, June 30, 2012
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Red Bone's sister-in-law Carliss Lytle
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Sylvia Thompson, with muscato and maraschino cherries
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Big and little sippers
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Red panties given to Lytle by City Museum artist Bill Christman
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Greg Rhomberg, Warren "Red Bone" Lytle, and Bill Christman
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Longtime alderman Freeman Bosley Sr.
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Two Champs: Red Bone and Mohammed Ali, at a local soul food restaurant in 1995
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Red Bone in front of the Chill Chamber
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Red Bone's golf cart
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Red Bone memorabilia: Dr. Pepper signs
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Slave shackles from Red Bone's memorabilia collection
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Red Bone memorabilia: Just Whistle
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Suzy Rust
A cocktail of luscious naked floozy

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