Opened in 1965 by Mickey Ruskin on 213 Park Avenue South, the nightclub and restaurant Max's Kansas City soon became the main gathering spot for established and emerging artists, musicians, poets and politicians of New York in the 1960s and 1970s. The place welcomed, among others, Chamberlain, Rauschenberg, Rivers, Lichtenstein, Judd, Serra, Glass, as well as Burroughs, Ginsberg and of course Andy Warhol and his entourage.
The introduction of the MKC standard operating procedures states: "Over the years, Max's Kansas City has become an entity unique in itself. It has become popular as a meeting place for certain groups of people - such as artists, musicians, photographers, diversified members of "underground films", and many unclassifiable (sic) regulars, etc. Because of these many groups, this image has also attracted an element composed of tourists and famous people watchers. This total element makes up the ambiance of Max's Kansas City. All of them are my customers and important to me."
Then follows a list of classic and common rules for waitresses and busboys, but personalized to the special customers MKC attracted: "if a customer is not having dinner, ask the manager whether it is all right to serve them. (...) many of our regular customers often sit at table without eating dinner"; also noted, with a good sense of humor: "Please pick up papers and objects on the floor. Obviously, you cannot keep it spotless, but a little effort would be helpful in getting the tomatoes, dressing napkins, and others dangerous objects out of our way."
This copy was owned by Brigid Berlin who was part of the Warhol superstars, a group of artists and performers that appeared in Warhol's artworks and movies.