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Now vacant, (and likely to be demolished) this building was most recently Wild Buffalo Grill. It was well-known in the 1970s and 80s as Chaucer House, but dates to the 1930s when Allen’s Cabins/Al’s Flamingo featured the restaurant and cabin-style motel rooms “for $1 and up”. In 1967, when the restaurant was known as Allen’s Town House, this parking lot saw a bizarre two-hour standoff between a Ku Klux Klan-led mob and about 25 University of Maryland students who’d gathered to guard the building after manager John Morris twice refused service to a group of robed Klansmen. The leader of that group, self-proclaimed head of the Interstate Knights of the Klan, Xavier Edwards, happened to own the Phillips 66 gas station directly beside the restaurant, just on the other side.

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