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Bates at Five Mile and Farmington



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TOP HAT!! I'm not sure if they all were Top Hat places or notbut the memory of going there for multitudes of burgers just came to me. Much better than White Castle!Top of pageBottom of page

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I believe they were all White Castle in their prime. White Castle developed the Porcelain Steel Buildings company, making prefabricated restaurants starting in the '30s.

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Before McDonald's and Burger King, there were many independent hamburger places. White Castle and Top Hat were 2 of the early chains. Top Hat was bought by Ellias Brothers in the early 90's. They opened a few stores but most closed in short order.

For a fine dinning experience, I always took dates to the Porcelain Room at the Top of the Hat. Slightly more casual then the Top of the Flame or Top of the Ponch.Top of pageBottom of page

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Where does White Tower fit in? I knew that chain long before I ever heard of White Castle. There was one on East Jefferson near Alter Rd. in Detroit. And another on Joseph Campau south of Caniff; today it is known as Campau Tower.Top of pageBottom of page

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Blueidone/ You are so right. Top Hat was the best. The french fries in a box were my favorite.Top of pageBottom of page

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White Tower at Woodward and Davison also.

Bates built the building at 5 and Farmington.Top of pageBottom of page

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The Top Hat at Eight and Livernois was as dependable and aromatic as the gals down the street at Macombo's for a late night treat.Top of pageBottom of page

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There was also a chain of them known as "Mott's" back in the 50s and 60s. One at Schaefer and Schoolcraft got a lot of business from me.Top of pageBottom of page

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What about Hot N Now? Wasn't that the burger chain over on the west side? I remember them in HollandTop of pageBottom of page

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Could it be Bray's ?

http://www.brayshamburgers.com /history.htmlTop of pageBottom of page

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These weren't all former White Castles. As said earlier there were many independent and small chains I heard them called burger joints a lot. There was a place on Fenkell called Barry's that sold burgers and stuff-they were on the corner of Beaverland. Sonny's on Schoolcraft & Evergreen. There was one on Fenkell & Greenfield too-I don't remember it's name but they sold burgers 6 for dollar. My mom sometime bought them for us on her way home from work.Top of pageBottom of page

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There was also a Top Hat at Puritan and the Lodge. I think it was there until the middle 80's.Top of pageBottom of page

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Bray's! Poor choice for a mascot though, makes you wonder what's in that "meat".Top of pageBottom of page

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Dang, I could go for a bag of gut bombs right now. Heavy on the mustard and onions.Top of pageBottom of page

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Grab me a few while you're there, Ray!! Is Hunter's still open on Woodward in Birmingham? They were pretty close to Top Hat. Same type of white building. I remember watching the cooks at Top Hat take a ball of meat..flatten it out on the grillgeeeezzz, I can almost smell it!Top of pageBottom of page

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I think there's a burger joint like this at 11 and John R, but I've never been inside. I always wondered about these buildings as well, since they all look the same (often down to the lettering used to spell out the name over the door) and all are independent of one another. Are they common in other cities as well?Top of pageBottom of page

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I think one of these places just closed up shop on Michigan Ave, one block east of Schaeffer in Eastborn.

There's also one at Van Born and Monroe (called Giant System/Giants?) in Dearborn Hgts and the one mentioned at S-field and Outer Drive in Dearborn Hgts (Carters).

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Tel-Way Hamburger System on Michigan?Top of pageBottom of page

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Ahh, the little slider palaces. Near and dear to my heart

NO, none of them were White Castles. As White Castle picked up in popularity in the '30s and '40s, the inevitable imitators cropped up. And most of them did the slider nearly as well (some say, better) than the Castle.

White Tower was one of the oldest imitator chains, as was Krystal (still operating, down south). Around here (in addition to White Tower), there were Top Hats, Bray's, Bates, Telway, Greene's, etc.

The white porcelain-enamel buildings were supposed to symbolize cleanliness and purity (and yes, White Castle did form a company to manufacture its own buildings).

The white slider palace is the Midwest's answer to the stainless-steel diner of the East Coast.Top of pageBottom of page

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Does anyone remember the streetcar dinner on Woodward in Highland Park?
It was one of those mobile dinners with the stainless steel sides. It seems to me it was at an angle to Woodward.Top of pageBottom of page

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Went to the streetcar diner with dad in the 60's.Cool place.There used to be a burger place on the corner of Maple and Pontiac Trail in Walled Lake,B&B I think it was called.Torn down for an oil change joint!Hey grease is grease
Friday on WXYT,they did a slider contest.All the slider places were dripping their grease in the contest.I bet threy're hurting this morning!Top of pageBottom of page

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Info on White Tower:

http://www.wisconsinhistory.or g/archstories/restaurants/fast _food.aspTop of pageBottom of page

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There is a White Tower in the second picture that Urbanoutdoors posted in the '43 Riot thread. Sorry, don't know how to link itTop of pageBottom of page

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The streetcar diner in H.P. was the S&C. It was next door to the Northern Y.M.C.A. Best American Fries in town. There was also an S&C diner on Fort st. across the street from the Fort Shelby Hotel.Top of pageBottom of page

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We had a real old fashioned diner in Birmingham on Merrill street when I grew up there as well as both a White Castle and a White Tower.
I never did know the difference between the Tower and the Castle. The Tower was located just North of the Birmingham Theatre. They looked the same, hamburgs tasted the same, and the prices were the same.
They both pushed Nehi orange drinks. The Tower was around longer than the Castle. Both have been gone for years.Top of pageBottom of page

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White Tower and White Castle taste the same?

Blasphemy!

Hunter is still alive and well on Woodward N. of Top of pageBottom of page

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There's a neato little vintage hamburger stand on Piquette near Woodward. It really takes me back, ya know? :-)
That said, I haven't eaten there.Top of pageBottom of page

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anyone been to the place on third near Charlotte? i believe it's called White Grove or Garden Grove?Top of pageBottom of page

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This is the ex-White Tower on Chene, removed for Poletown plant.


White Tower - Chene

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Top Hat locations (latter ones)

-8 mile and Gratioit (oddly enough directly across from a WC)
-McClellan and Gratioit (Where the Burger King is)Top of pageBottom of page

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dad worked for Elias Brothers, when he would come home from Top Hat he would be damn greasyTop of pageBottom of page

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White Castle at foot of Woodward, near the old Vernor's plant.


White Castle - foot of Woodward

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Jmansorry, but they did taste the same to a school kid in the 5th grade.
And speaking of old Bham and "15". Blasphemy!!
15 was always Maple, never In downtown B'ham, I don't think Maple is even referred to as 15 even today. I notice that luckycar in an earlier post refers to it as Maple and he's speaking of way out there in Walled Lake!Top of pageBottom of page

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Would Hot n Now count?Top of pageBottom of page

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There's still a location on Gratiot and Martin (Hot n' Now). There not so good though. It's beyond me how they survived all these years being right next to a McDonalds and not so tasty burgers.Top of pageBottom of page

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White Tower hamtramck
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These places all look like they are straight out of an Edward Hopper painting.

Greene's Hamburgers Farmington
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The above is Greenes at 10 Mile and Orchard Lake.


Sorry Rock, I meant to say Woodward 9/10th's of a mile south of Quarton.


Rock, you're right and I should have known better. Years ago I managed a book store on Pierce, a half block south of Maple.

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Went to the Telway at 11 and John R this afternoon. It's part of the "Telway System", which includes the Telway burger joint on Michigan Avenue:

http://www.metrotimes.com/metr opolis/restaurants/review.asp? id=

My understanding was that it was a franchise way back, and only a handful remain.

Hunter House in Birmingham is alive and well.Top of pageBottom of page

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I meant to mention that there were a few White Towers in Milwaukee, but I was unaware of their history. AFAIK, when growing up, I only noticed the couple Downtown. They always seemed busy, but I never ate there.

There was another local chain for burgers and bacon and eggs and other breakfast fare--the George Webb chain. When I was in high school, my next door neighbor--Al Romans (shortened from Romanowski) owned all the Milwaukee and Racine joints (most of the chain). They featured 7 burgers in a carry-out bag for 98 cents. They were regular burgers--bigger than sliders, and you could get them anytime they were open.

Up until around , there was a old-fashioned diner by Lois/Jonathan and Michigan Avenue, directly across the street from the Dearborn Cozy Corner, which two of my uncles owned until they sold it during the s. Art's diner--not to be confused with Art's barber shop across the street (a different Art)--had the best cheeseburgers I ever remembered.

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Hunter House still exists, however there have been plans to knock it down to build a Hilton Hotel on that plot of land and rebuild the Hunter House inside of it but this was supposed to happen quite awhile ago.Top of pageBottom of page

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I remember a couple of those places called "Carter's".

And there's still a Mott's Burgers at Fort and Green. Every once in a while we get a terrible craving for them at work and someone will volunteer to go get about 4 dozen. The bags are always completely saturated with grease by the time they get to us. Mmmmm, mmmmm, good!Top of pageBottom of page

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Jman"a bookstore on Pierce a half block south of Maple". I have been away a LONG time, and I guess I don't recall a bookstore. I recall Young's Men shop on the East side of Pierce, and The Varsity Shop on Merrill and Pierce ( owned by the late Vince Secontine, football coach at dear old BHS) but a bookstore, I guess not. What was it called??Top of pageBottom of page

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I had a double cheeseburger from Telway at 11 and John R the other day. It was incredibly good.

Geneva's is still the best, but I don't get over to the far eastside very often these days.Top of pageBottom of page

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Can't agree with you regarding Geneva's . One time I was there somebody was drinking the coffee cream out of those containers on the counter . My brother loves the place though, for some reason most of the times that I go there I end up grossed out .Top of pageBottom of page

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Help me out with this one. I think there was a White Tower on E. Davison between Jos Campau and Reynolds St, right next door to the Scalzo's Bar on the north side of the street. I'm talking about between the 's. Does anyone remember this one. Mikem can probably find it in his old telephone directories.Top of pageBottom of page

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Here's a list I have running. I did a photo project on a number of these little places about 4 years ago for a photo class. I wish I knew where it was now! These are in no particular order:

Telway - Michigan Ave. and Martin, Detroit
Carter's - Outer Drive and the Southfield, Dearborn
White Tower - Michigan Ave. 1 block east of Schaefer in Dearborn
The Giant System - Van Born and Monroe(?), Dearborn Heights
Telway - 11 Mile and John R., Royal Oak
Bates - 5 Mile and Farmington, Livonia
Sonny's - Schoolcraft and Evergreen, Redford
Lakes - Novi
Mottz' - Fort and Greene in Detroit
Bud's - Van Born and Wayne Rd in Wayne, a former Bray's
Royal - Wyoming and Joy, Detroit
Brayz - Dequinder and 9 Mile, Hazel Park
Greene's - 10 Mile & Orchard Lake
Elmer's - W. Chicago and Oakman, Detroit

This is by no means a complete list. But if anyone is out and about and has a camera and is nearby well, you know what to do :-)

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Here's the Dearborn White Tower from a few years back.

Remember what a pain in the ass that construction was? :-)


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Still sporting the original logo despite long since ceasing to be a White Tower.


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Rock, the book store I managed was Doubleday Book Store. If I remember correctly it was at Pierce. Our competitor was Paperbacks Unlimited on the south side of Maple a block or two west of Pierce.Top of pageBottom of page

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anyone eat at White Grove on Third and MLK?Top of pageBottom of page

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I have.

Not bad, not great. Just OK, but the burgers hit the spot at 2 am.Top of pageBottom of page

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Tel-Way on John R and 11 rocks!

I love how its literally in the parking lot of some chainmaybe a cvs. I wonder what the owner of the Tel-Way was offered to sell so cvs could have a complete parking lot and/or view of John R. Tel-Way rocks for not selling out.

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I will be 51 in August and I can remember eating in one of the White Towers when I was probably 9 or 10 - I remember the hamburger being in the shape of a rectangle - and the chili. This was forever ago. The food was great. I remember all the tile as well, long before I ever knew what a White Castle was - and this was not a Brays -Top of pageBottom of page

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Softailrider, the next time you're at Geneva's, get the big double cheeseburger to go. It qualifies as a "super slider" -- all the taste of the little burgers, but in a giant, meaty portion.

It's absolute burger heaven.Top of pageBottom of page

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In the 50's and 60's, there was a White Castle and a Top Hat on 8 mile and Gratiot. They were right across the street from each other and both were busy.Top of pageBottom of page

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It's sad to see these places disappearing. Watkins, at Biddle and Northline was torn down in Wyandotte to make way for a drugstore, and a Carters at the end of Southfield on Jefferson was remodeled beyond recognition and is now the Grand River Cafe. I hope someone takes Busterwmu's list and records these before they are all gone. Some of the pics posted are great shots.Top of pageBottom of page

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Carolcb, the rectangular burger was at Marcus. There was one on Livernois. Another porcelain palace.Top of pageBottom of page

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Thnk2mch, is that Bates at Five Mile and Farmington still open?Top of pageBottom of page

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Yes, the Bates at Five Mile and Farmington is still open.Top of pageBottom of page

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I was looking at the aerial shots of the Michigan Ave in Detroit location and thought it was interesting to see that the Rally's that was built right next door went out of business and is boarded up!Top of pageBottom of page

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Thanks Jman for the Marcus info!Top of pageBottom of page

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Checkers and Rally's merged eight years ago. Many (if not all) of the Rally's within Detroit closed a few years back. Ditto for some in the burbs.Top of pageBottom of page

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Yes, the one down the road from my work in Troy changed from a Rallys to a Checkers about 4 months agobut it didn't close.Top of pageBottom of page

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There was a Bray's on Ford Rd and Inkster, but it got tore down and now it's some Arabic eatery. There is a Bray's on Ford Rd further down in westland, but its not a White castle like building..

Ohhhhh There used to be one on Michigan Ave in Downtown west dearborn. Right next to westborn florist It was torn down to make more parking I think.Top of pageBottom of page

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There is a Bray's on Ford Rd further down in westland, but its not a White castle like building



The Bray's in Westland was in a "White Box" for the longest time. It was not that long ago they built a new building next door and tore the white box down.( less than ten years anyways )Top of pageBottom of page

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"Yes, the one down the road from my work in Troy changed from a Rallys to a Checkers about 4 months agobut it didn't close."

Actually, there's one on Gratiot in Roseville and Van Dyke in Warren that remained opened and went through the changes. I think the franchise owners of one of these locations even reopened the old location on 8 Mile and Ryan on the Detroit side.Top of pageBottom of page

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Ericdetfan, I used to work at Westborn. I loved the hamburgers next doorTop of pageBottom of page

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There used to be a greasy spoon on the corner of Milwaukee and the Lodge service drive called the Kangaroo. They had excellent cheeseburger deluxe and B.L.T.s. I wouldn't have eaten much else there though. But Anna did make some awesome cole slaw.Top of pageBottom of page

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The Midtown/Wayne State area needs one of these places, or an old-time stainless steel diner.Top of pageBottom of page

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I wasn't a big fan of White Castle's or Top Hat burgers. The White Tower restaurants were something else though. A good cup of coffee in a heavy mug and their large burger. It may have been called a "Big Whitey", grilled onions or raw onions, pickles and mustard and ketchup. That was sometimes just enough to tide me over. Kind of hard to find something like that today.

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God I love all these restaurants! ;)

I remember going to the White Castle on Gratiot & 8 mile when I was a kid and we'd often eat in the car. In the 70s I remember seeing the prices on the wall outside, I guess they once had carside service?
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Anyone remember Top Hat. Ummm, I use to go to the one on Woodward in the late 80's, Birmingham maybe. When did the last one close and where was it? Did you like them better than White Castle?

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Didn't they have one on Jefferson? We would wait for the bus in there. I can't remember if it was Top hat or White Castle
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Anyone remember Top Hat. Ummm, I use to go to the one on Woodward in the late 80's, Birmingham maybe. When did the last one close and where was it? Did you like them better than White Castle?

The burger joint on Woodward in Birmingham is the Hunter House. I don't think it ever was a Top Hat.

It's burgers are better than White Castle's, but not as good as Miller's in Dearborn.
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Two former Top Hot locations that come to mind was the one at McClellan (or Van Dyke?) and Gratiot and 8 Mile and Gratiot, where ironically the White Castle sits now.

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Didn't they have one on Jefferson? We would wait for the bus in there. I can't remember if it was Top hat or White Castle
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I think you are thinking of the White Towers on the west side of Jefferson. They had small stores near a lot of Bus Stops. Nearest Top Hats from there was Connors and Warren near the Conners Project Homes. The Top Hats was a nice place to hang out and listen to the juke box'es on the counters and tables.
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Two former Top Hot locations that come to mind was the one at McClellan (or Van Dyke?) and Gratiot and 8 Mile and Gratiot, where ironically the White Castle sits now.

I think White Castle was always at 8 Mile & Gratiot. At least it was there in & During those years, my mother & I would stop in and get a hamburger or two while waiting to exchange busses. My best friend worked there part-time in
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Last one I remember was on the Lodge andFenkellI think. It close at least a decade ago. It was a church the last time I saw it.

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I think White Castle was always at 8 Mile & Gratiot. At least it was there in & During those years, my mother & I would stop in and get a hamburger or two while waiting to exchange busses. My best friend worked there part-time in

You're right, it was diagonally across from the White Castle, or where the Gulf Gas Station is now.

Either way, I'm % there was one on 8 Mile and Gratiot.
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Top Hat at Telegraph and Van BornohhhhIt was torn down for a Burger Chef then a Hardees and finally a Burger King..Is the Giant System still at Van Born and Monroe in Taylor?

Almost as good as Top HatWasn't there one on Seven Mile near Livernois? That is the last one I remember.

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I'm in town visiting, and "touring" the areas I grew up in. There was a Top Hat at Grand River and Telegraph. Mmmmmmm . It is gone now. I loved White Castle as well. Saw one while out today, but we (my niece and I) chose Bates today, also very yummy!

I MISS Big Boy, Dunkin Donuts, ANY Coney Island restaurant, and Meijers. I may be moving back, I discovered on this visit that Michigan/Detroit suburbs are truly my home, even with snow and ice.
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List of defunct fast-food restaurant chains

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This is a list of defunct fast-food chains. A restaurant chain is a set of related restaurants with the same name in many different locations that are either under shared corporate ownership (e.g., McDonald's in the U.S.) or franchising agreements. Typically, the restaurants within a chain are built to a standard format through architectural prototype development and offer a standard menu and/or services.

Defunct fast-food restaurant chains[edit]

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.

  • The All American Burger&#;&#; a regional American fast-food restaurant chain founded in in Los Angeles by Aaron Binder and made famous in the movie Fast Times At Ridgemont High;[1][2][3][4] The last location, in Hollywood, was replaced by a Chipotle in [5][6]
  • Ameche's Drive-in - Five suburban locations in metropolitan Baltimore.
  • Bajio Mexican Grill&#;&#; Mexican food chain; acquired by Costa Vida in [7][8][9][10]
  • BBF (Burger Boy Food-O-Rama)&#;&#; West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, –; sold to Borden Inc. in [11]
  • Burger Chef
  • Burger Queen
  • Carrols - chain in western New York State and Pennsylvania with stores at its peak in the s; featured the Club Burger and sold popular Looney Tunes drinking glasses[12]
  • Chi-Chi's
  • Chicken George
  • Chicken Unlimited - chain specializing in fried chicken. Popular in the Chicago area in the ss. [13]
  • Chooks Fresh & Tasty
  • Clock
  • D'Lites
  • Dee's Drive-In
  • Doggie Diner
  • Druther's&#;&#; chain based in Louisville, Kentucky, that became a regional Dairy Queen franchise in ; a lone franchised location in Campbellsville, Kentucky, is the only survivor
  • Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour
  • Forum Cafeterias
  • G.D. Ritzy's&#;&#; chain with a s diner theme that specialized in hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, and homemade ice cream; founded in by former Wendy's executive Graydon Webb in Columbus, Ohio; at one time had locations, but only 3 or 4 franchises remained open in Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia after the company liquidated by [14][15][16][17][18][19]
  • Geri's Hamburgers
  • Gino's Hamburgers
  • G.W. Jrs&#;&#; Owned by Church's, by , the company would operate 62 of these restaurants in Texas. J. David Bamberger served as Church's president on an interim basis until he was able to lure Richard F. Sherman away from the Hardees restaurant chain. Efforts were also made to grow the G.W. Jrs. chain, but management soon gave up on the concept, exiting the burger market in [20]
  • Heap Big Beef &#;&#; chain serving roast beef sandwiches that was launched in the mids. Franchises International solicited franchisees through ads in national publications such as Life[21] and through classified ads in local newspapers.[22] The restaurants used an American Indian theme and a distinctive A-frame building.[23] Several restaurants were built in various locations across the United States, but the chain was apparently out of business by the early s.
  • Henry's Hamburgers
  • Hill's Snappy Service &#;&#; hamburger restaurant founded in in Trenton, Missouri. National chain especially strong in the Midwest.Ray Kroc expressed interest in partnering with founder Paul C. Hill.[24]
  • Horn & Hardart
  • La Petite Boulangerie
  • Little Tavern
  • Lum's
  • Mighty Casey's
  • Milligan's Beefy Burgers &#;&#; opened in Starke, Florida in and sold , hamburgers during its first year of operation. In it expanded to Jacksonville, Florida with two locations and by had 10 locations in that city. All locations had closed by the end of [25]
  • Naugles&#;&#; acquired by Del Taco in ;[26] all locations were closed or converted by ; fans and new investors attempted to revive the brand in [27]
  • Noon Mediterranean
  • Pioneer Chicken
  • Pizza Haven &#;&#; Australian pizza chain[28][29][30]
  • Pumper Nic &#;&#; chain in Argentina; founded in and closed in
  • Pop 'N' Taco
  • Red Barn
  • Royal Castle&#;&#; one franchise location survived after chain was liquidated in [31]
  • Sandy's
  • Shrimp Boat – chain of seafood restaurants that grew to 95 stores in the southeast, based in Macon, Georgia, –; seven independent stores still exist in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina[32]
  • ShowBiz Pizza Place – Merged into Chuck E. Cheese
  • Taco Viva&#;&#; chain serving Mexican style fare in the late s and through the s. At its peak there were 85 restaurants located in 11 states ranging from South Florida (Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas) to as far north as Dayton, Ohio (one restaurant). While the menu was similar to Taco Bell it was different enough to draw a substantial fan base.[33]
  • Tops Drive Inn &#;&#; chain of drive-in restaurants located in the Washington, D.C., area. The first opened in Arlington, Virginia, in , and the chain grew to 18 locations. Tops also held the franchise rights to Kentucky Fried Chicken in the Washington region. Tops merged with Gino's Hamburgers in and its restaurants were subsequently sold or rebranded.[34]
  • The Training Table - was a regional chain of fast food restaurants in the U.S. State of Utah. Founded in , the chain focused on gourmet burgers. The chain had five locations in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.
  • Two Pesos
  • Wag's
  • Wetson's
  • White Tower Hamburgers &#;&#; one location remains in Toledo, Ohio[citation needed]
  • Wimpy Grills&#;&#; founded in Bloomington, Indiana in , it eventually grew to 25 locations within the United States and 1, outside of the US. The international locations were eventually sold to J. Lyons and Co. in the United Kingdom, which remains open, while all of the American locations eventually closed by [35][36][37][38]
  • Winky's &#;&#; a Pittsburgh institution in the s and s that filed for bankruptcy in [39]
  • Wuv's&#;&#; Fort Lauderdale, Florida burger chain; filed for bankruptcy in [40][41]
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy

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  4. ^Delugach, Al (October 8, ). "All-American Burger Founder Is Accused of Fraud by the SEC". Los Angeles Times. p.&#;G3.Alternate Link(subscription required) via ProQuest.
  5. ^"Chipotle Lovers Rejoice! New Location Opening on Sunset". Weho Daily. October 9,
  6. ^Tomicki, Hadley (April 30, ). "Is Burritofication Kinda Like Scarification?". Grub Street.
  7. ^"Costa Vida, Bajio to merge". Provo Daily Herald. February 16,
  8. ^Warnock, Caleb (February 17, ). "Bajios to become Costa Vidas". Provo Daily Herald.
  9. ^"Utah firm acquires Bajio brand". Salt Lake Tribune. October 30,
  10. ^Andrus, Elyssa (January 14, ). "Bodacious burros and speedy service at Bajio". Provo Daily Herald.
  11. ^"BBF". columbusrestauranthistory.com.
  12. ^Morrell, Alan (January 23, ). "Whatever Happened To Carrols?". Democrat and Chronicle.
  13. ^https://vanishedchicagoland.blog//01/18/my-memories-of-eating-at-chicken-unlimited-in-chicago/
  14. ^Ball, Brian R. (September 13, ). "Restaurant vet Graydon Webb lands at PSB Realty". Business First.
  15. ^Eaton, Dan (April 14, ). "New era dawning at Rise & Dine with new leadership team in place". Business First.
  16. ^Brawley, Peggy (June 4, ). "Here's the Scoop!". People.
  17. ^Phillips, Jeff (October 22, ). "Ritzy's Discussing Sales of Assets". Business First.Link(subscription required) via ProQuest.
  18. ^Phillips, Jeff (February 24, ). "Ritzy's Owners Seek $, From Franchisee". Business First.Link(subscription required) via ProQuest.
  19. ^Stuertz, Mark (October 28, ). "Ritzy Flitz: Ritzy's making a comeback". Dallas Observer.
  20. ^"History of Church's Chicken – FundingUniverse". www.fundinguniverse.com. Retrieved
  21. ^"Heap Big Beef franchise solicitation ad". Life. June 23, Retrieved April 13,
  22. ^"Classified ad". Toledo Blade. October 3, Retrieved June 16,
  23. ^"A-Frame Chains & Other Eateries (page 1)". RoadsideArchitecture.com. Retrieved April 13,
  24. ^Jakle, John A.; Sculle, Keith A. (). Fast Food: Roadside Restaurants in the Automobile Age. Johns Hopkins University Press pp. ISBN&#;.
  25. ^"Lost Jacksonville: Milligan's Beefy Burgers". Metro Jacksonville. Metro Jacksonville. Retrieved 18 April
  26. ^Galante, Mary Ann (February 2, ). "Ganging Up on Taco Bell: Restaurateur Will Merge Del Taco, Naugles to Battle Industry Leader". Los Angeles Times.
  27. ^Luna, Nancy (August 5, ). "Fast food hero or failure? Naugles' co-owner faces fan support and backlash". Orange County Register.
  28. ^"Eagle Boys devours Pizza Haven". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 21 February Retrieved 26 June
  29. ^Nguyễn, Hằng (April 30, ). "Đồ chơi gỗ". Đồ chơi gỗ.
  30. ^Nguyễn, Hằng (April 30, ). "Đồ chơi gỗ Mother Garden". Đồ chơi gỗ.
  31. ^Fiero, Peter (April 10, ). "Polk's Business: Royal Castle Wants To Quit". Lakeland Ledger. p.&#;6B.
  32. ^"Shrimp Boats: The Story of a Shipwreck and its Survivors". Marie, Let's Eat (blog). November 13, Retrieved December 11,
  33. ^https://www.tacoviva.com
  34. ^Johnson II, William Page (Summer ). "Tops Drive Inn"(PDF). The Fare Facs Gazette (Historic Fairfax City Inc.).
  35. ^"Edward V. Gold, 70, the Founder Of the Wimpy's Restaurant Chain". New York Times. October 16, p.&#;Alternate Link(subscription required) via ProQuest.
  36. ^"Restaurant Chain Formed". New York Times. April 5, p.&#;Alternate Link(subscription required) via ProQuest.
  37. ^Lazarus, George (July 28, ). "Wimpy's for sale; is there 2d Ray Kroc?". Chicago Tribune. p.&#;D9.Alternate Link(subscription required) via ProQuest.
  38. ^"Edward V. Gold, 'Wimpy' Entrepreneur". Washington Post. October 17, p.&#;C6.Alternate Link(subscription required) via ProQuest.
  39. ^McDonough, Tim (July 8, ). "Winky Woes: Sewickley-Based Chain Is Trying To Make The Best Of Bankruptcy". Pittsburgh Press. p.&#;S9.
  40. ^"Wuv's Chain Files Under Chapter 11". New York Times. December 23,
  41. ^Edwards, John G. (September 30, ). "ESM Can Keep Money Awarded In Earlier Fraud". Sun Sentinel.
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We miss these restaurants from Michigan's past

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Sometimes a restaurant becomes more than just a place to grab a bite to eat. It can be the place where you meet dear friends, always find familiar faces and seek comfort.

Perhaps some of these bygone restaurants fell into that category for you. Or maybe you just miss their French fries. Either way, here's a look at some food of Michigan's past.

Do you have fond memories of another bygone Michigan restaurant? Let us know about it in the comments section.

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Bill Knapp's

It all started in Battle Creek in , when a traveling salesman named Clinton B. "Bill" Knapp started a chain of restaurants bearing his name. You likely remember it as an uber-popular family eatery that gave you a free, DELICIOUS chocolate cake on your birthday.

There were about 60 locations spread throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Florida at the chain's peak. The popularity of Bill Knapp's, however, dwindled in the 90s and led to the eventual closure of all locations by

There is a little good news for fans of that cake, though. You can still purchased the chocolaty goodness at select grocery stores.

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Howard Johnson's

Not a Michigan-based restaurant, but certainly missed nonetheless, is the national chain Howard Johnson's. Known for its orange roof and 28 flavors of ice cream, Howard Johnson's once boasted 1, locations across the country.

There is now just one HoJo's restaurant left in Lake George, New York and news broke that it was listed for sale in January.

Mr. Fables

People in Grand Rapids are still longing for the secret sauce of Mr. Fables. The cafeteria-style restaurant, known for its Mr. Fabulous olive burger and onion rings, once had 17 locations in the Grand Rapids area.

The chain disappeared for good around the time the new millennium rolled in.

If you are looking to celebrate the defunct local chain, Stella's Lounge of Grand Rapids offers a burger named after the restaurant.

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Texan Family Restaurant

The baby-faced cowboy who smiled as he held a pair of guns and donned a gallon hat was a familiar sight to those in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Those who ate at the Texan may remember banana splits and breakfast buffets.

At one point, there were multiple locations of the Texan across Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties. Some were open 24 hours, while others served alcohol and had set hours of operations.

The very last Texan Family Restaurant, located in Saginaw Township, closed its doors suddenly in July

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Roaring 20s Pizza

Pizza and organ music were the main attractions at Grand Rapids' Roaring 20s Pizza. The restaurant shut down in after two decades of family dining and tunes.

While the pizza is gone forever, the tunes are still within reach. The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ that was once the centerpiece of Roaring 20s is now housed at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, where it is the centerpiece of an annual concert series.

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Holly's Landing

The Grand Rapids-based chain of restaurants once had eight locations. Started in , the chain was centered around riverfront locations.

Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Benton Harbor were among the cities that enjoyed the steaks, seafood and salads offered at Holly's Landing. The Grand Rapids location is now simply called The Landing.

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Burger Chef

Burger Chef was a huge American fast food chain founded in Indianapolis, specializing in (surprise, surprise) burgers and other traditional fast food staples until the chain disbanded in

With more than 1, locations at one point, there were plenty of Michigan locations. If you visited one, you might remember the topping bar or their slogan: "Nowhere else but Burger Chef."

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Wimpy Burger

Jackson was home to three Wimpy Burger locations at one point, starting with the original location opened in The little burger joint was so beloved, owner Leroy Crenshaw opened two additional locations.

The third Wimpy Burger locations opened in the mids and was housed in a train car. Shortly thereafter, Crenshaw left the restaurant business and Wimpy Burger was no more.

Read more on Cranshaw and Wimpy Burger here.

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Sveden House Smorgasbord

This buffet-style restaurant had locations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, metro Detroit, Saginaw, Bay City and elsewhere. It wasn't just a Michigan favorite, either. You could find the smorgasbord across the country.

The smorgasbord had plenty of food up for grabs, but many remember Sveden House for the meatballs.

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The Family Buggy

Do you remember that toy train chugging along the wall at the Family Buggy? You might also remember the antiques placed around the restaurant or the eatery's carousel horse.

At one point, there were three Family Buggy locations in metro Detroit. In early , the last location in Farmington Hills shut its doors for good after 44 years of serving guests.

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Barrel O' Fun

In the 50s and 60s, this quirky roadside attraction was the place to grab a rootbeer and a hot dog. Visitors would drive to the Barrel and a staff member would take your order from the car.

A MLive article states the reason for the eatery's closure was the increase in fast food restaurants.

Good news: A group of Barrel fans have been working for the last several years to restore the structure.

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Drake's Sandwich Shop

When discussing legendary Ann Arbor eateries, Drake's is certain to come up. The sandwich shop was a local favorite for decades, until it closed in

In addition to a great sandwich, you could score candy and a milkshake at Drake's, which was apparently a hot spot for cops.

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Top Hat

This burger joint is a Detroit original. There were 12 locations in total, according to oola.com, with the first opening in and the last closure in

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Great Lakes Shipping Co.

Even though it's only been gone for a year, Great Lakes Shipping Co. Restaurant and Tavern has left a noticeable hole in southwest Grand Rapids. After 45 years of business, the nautical-themed local hangout shut down in May

You might remember the eatery by its original name, Starboard Tack. Read more about the restaurant's history and closure here.

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The Little Cafe

This German restaurant on Gratiot in Detroit was huge, both with hungry Detroiters and in terms of literal size. You could eat and then have some fun at the connected bowling alley.

The establishment liked to say it was "nationally known" for its German-American eats. It was a hot spot from the 50s through the 80s.

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A 'Monopoly'-Themed Restaurant Just Opened in London

The first Parker Brothers-branded Monopoly games hit store shelves in late , featuring that now-familiar collection of properties, from Baltic Avenue all the way to Boardwalk. A year later, the first foreign edition was published, swapping the Atlantic City, New Jersey locations for streets and landmarks in London, England.

Leeds-based board game company John Waddington Limited was responsible for printing the brightly colored boards, with their Piccadilly and Pall Mall squares. And almost 85 years after Waddington's London board made its debut, there's now a Monopoly-themed bar and restaurant in the capital city, complete with an adjacent 4-D "completely immersive" version of the game.

The Top Hat Monopoly-themed restaurant
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The Top Hat, which just opened last Saturday, can seat 70 guests in the restaurant and another plus in the bar area. According to Big Hospitality, the bright red booths in the bar were inspired by the color of the game's hotels, and some of the other seating options have been upholstered with reclaimed fabrics from trains on the Piccadilly and Northern Underground lines, because the four train stations on the board are part of those two lines. (The Top Hat is also officially licensed by Hasbro, which now owns the rights to the game.)

"So many of us have fond memories of playing the iconic game, be it with grandparents in our childhood or over drinks with friends in our adult lives," Joseph Smith, the Top Hat's director of food and beverages, said in a statement.  "For some, the London version of the board game was their first experience of the capital. We're excited to be part of the journey as London slowly comes back to life and to be opening a hospitality venture that celebrates the city and its wonderfully rich heritage."

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The Top Hat's menu focuses on "quintessentially British" small plates, which include petite versions of pub classics like rump steak with parsnip mash and a mini-Yorkshire pudding, Wye Valley lamb, and "miniature fish and chips." (Also, the menu design is a faithful tribute to the classic Monopoly board.)

Guests can also ask for a deck of "Monopoly Deal" cards with their drink orders so they can play a round of the playing-card version while waiting for their entrees, and yes, there's a "Take a Chance" option for anyone who'd like their drink selection to be a surprise.

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The Top Hat is located at Monopoly Lifesized, where participants can play a fully immersive version of the game on one of four different massive (15 feet x 15 feet) boards. Players will have to complete "escape room-style challenges" in order to buy properties and &#x; unlike every game of Monopoly we've ever played &#x; there's an minute time cap.

It's probably worth the "Lifesized" ticket price to play the kind of Monopoly that won't end when someone gets into a screaming match with the banker, and won't result in a years-long aversion to the words "Electric Company."

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