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Lyttle's - 507 Ouellette

Today’s post is for Ruth, who asked in the comments yesterday if anyone remebered Lyttle’s. Below is an ad from 1954: I’m not so sure about that math however… By my calculations, they have been celebrating their 40th anniversary for half a decade… 🙂 Today the space at 507 Ouellette is occupied by the classy Bistro 507. The Pascoe Building that contains the…
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Mario's - 1948

OK, so who out there remembers this Mario’s location? This is at Tecumseh and Ouellettte, in the X-Ray clinic that can’t keep a restaurant open. If we were to peel away all the layers is this underneath? This is from the 1948 Visitor’s Guide. The location…
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United Grill

From my 1954 Visitor’s Guide, the only other restuarant still open, the United Grill on University Ave near the old Greyhound Station. A gleaming white, streamlined modern architectural beauty. The interior looks like it was quite the hopping place at one time. Check out that lunch counter! While they may have been open seven days a week in 1954, today they are a Monday to Friday…
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Tunnel Bar-B-Q - 1954

Another neat old ad from 1954, this one for the Tunnel Bar-B-Q, one of only two ads in the entire tourist booklet where the company is still in operation. The Tunnel Bar-B-Q is a Windsor institution, make sure you pay them a visit some time soon. Like most things, if you…
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1404 Tecumseh Road East

This building at Tecumseh Rd and Moy, has a long history as a restaurant, as I recently discovered. As I was looking through an old booklet from 1954, I came across this ad for the Bel-Air Restaurant… Someone along the way bricked in every other window along the…
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Smith's Department Store - 1954

Today’s old ad comes from the same booklet that had yesterday’s ad for Routley’s Motel, published in 1954. Smith’s Department Store on Ouellette Ave. was a long time local fixture. Founded in 1914 as the C.H. Smith Co., the downtown store was expanded in 1925. The main store on Ouellette following the 1925 expansion. Photo from the collection of the Windsor Archives. The…
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Routley's Motel - 1954

Think about how great it would be after a long day on the road to go kick back in the television lounge. 🙂 This place was located at Walker and Division, where the Applebee’s is located today. I seem to recall the restaurant building (the lower building pictured in…