The Hoito, along with the upstairs neighbour the Temple, quickly became a centre for Finnish social, cultural and political life. The restaurant was a place to get the scoop about forestry jobs and contacts. Its first manager was A.T. (Tom) Hill, a former recruiter for the labour union organization Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or Wobblies). The RCMP kept an eye on the entire building and sometimes conducted raids as it was considered a hotbed for socialism and potential revolution.