In the hours after their final dinner on April 1, 1979, they moved their operation and all its accoutrements to a little house on Third Avenue. The night of the move was spiced with the intrigue and chaos of sleep deprivation and disputed ownership, and anyone walking in on the scene would have thought they were on the set of the old Marx Brother's movie, "A Night at the Opera." Nevertheless, they survived the night and named their restaurant the Marx Brother's Café - officially opening the doors on October 18, 1979. Over the past 30 years the Marx Bros. Café has grown into an elegant establishment acclaimed by tourists and critics and coveted by locals.
By 1979, Jack Amon, Van Hale, Ken Brown and Bob Schmidt had made quite a name for themselves in Anchorage's culinary scene - even if that name was a mouthful! Together, they had created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday - a weekly event of food and wine at the Jade Room. Off nights, they catered festivals and events under the name of The Spaceway Sausage Company.