The restaurant was opened by Liberace, who owned the entire shopping center, in 1983. When Liberace died on February 4,
1987, the space stood vacant for more than a year until the Carluccio family purchased it.
For four years, Liberace entertained at his restaurant, cooked for his guests and even lived in a private apartment that
is now part of the Museum. One of the dining rooms used to be where Liberace privately held dinner parties. The room has a
small bar and a separate entrance to the kitchen. According to Hosier, his good friends Debbie Reynolds and Rip Taylor were
frequent visitors. Many strip entertainers would frequent the Piano Lounge and perform with Liberace. As a patron for the
arts, his complex was frequented by dancers from various reviews and shows to hold rehearsals in a ballroom that is now part
of the Museum.
"Liberace had a separate kitchen for private entertaining," Hosier said. The museum sells a cook book of Liberace’s
Believers say the ghostly encounters began right after Liberace passed, with reports of odd noises, objects falling for
no reason and glimpses of unexplained movement.
John Hosier, who bought the restaurant from the Carluccio family in 1999, said activity peaks on Feb. 4, the anniversary
of Liberace's death, and on May 16, his birthday. "We lose power just in this building; appliances break down, and toilets
flush by themselves. The phenomenon is strongest near Liberace’s piano but employees have experienced cold spots and
unexplained noises throughout the restaurant.”
Hosier has kept the venue exactly as it was when Liberace owned it, decorated it, entertained in it and cooked for his
good friends like Debbie Reynolds and Rip Taylor.
At one time, it was a popular hangout for “The Chicago Outfit,” including the Spilatro Brothers. The restaurant
has a piano lounge, two banquet rooms and a private dining room called The Mafia Room.