Nobody ever robs restaurants. Bars, liquor stores, gas stations… you get your head blown off sticking up one of them. Restaurants on the other hand, you catch with their pants down. They’re not expecting to get robbed. Not as expectant anyway.
In the October, 1932 story “The Ghost Makers,” Walter B. Gibson was directly influenced by his time working with Harry Houdini. In the story, The Shadow is a denouncer of all fakery against the poor and disadvantaged like Houdini. Gibson later wrote:
“I liked it; and Houdini would have, if he had lived to see it.”