Charlie Manning recalls Tommy Leonard, the bartender at the Eliot Lounge, back when it was a required visit for Marathon runners:
On this Patriots’ Day weekend when the Boston Marathon is run, you should also know that Tommy loved the Marathon. He had run it several times himself, and since the Eliot was right on the Marathon route, Tommy made the Eliot the center of the Marathon universe.
There was a clock in the Eliot that counted down the days until the race was run. There was a Hollywood- style Walk of Fame out front where the famous runners had left their footprints in the cement.