Bentley’s Roadhouse

There has been some work going on down at 755 Ouellette Ave. lately, at the former Bentley’s Roadhouse. I noticed a dumpster outside a few weeks back, and the building is going to be converted to retail, with apartments above. The owners are the same people who own the Walkerville Business Lofts on Chilver, just south of Wyandotte.

The building was built in 1948, by local architect Garnet Andrew McElroy. G.A. McElroy was born in Sandwich in 1897, and was active as an architect from 1921 until 1969. One of the interesting facts about McElroy was that in 1923, he joined the S.S. Kresge Co. in Detroit as a staff architect, a position he held through about 1950.

His designs for Kresge stores were built in Victoria, BC, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and many other Canadian cities.

Interesting to note the residential houses still on Ouellette just north of Mario’s in this postcard. Also there used to be a Royal Bank branch on the main floor of the building, visible in this shot. The postcard dates to the late 1950’s.

The back of the postcard reads:

Tel. CL 4-3392

Windsor’s most beautiful dining lounge. Catering to banquets, weddings,
social affairs, club meetings, birthday parties, etc. The best prime rib of
red brand beef this side of the Canadian Rockies. Steaks & Chops, Sea Food
and Chicken. 30 years in the food business, in Windsor, Ontario.

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