|1966 Phone Book ad|
Manners really believed in promotion, and the company ran large ads in the Lorain telephone book (like the one shown above) touting their signature Big Boy double decker burger. The company also ran big regular ads in the Lorain Journal.
|November 18, 1968 newspaper ad|
Since the Big Boy name was franchised, different restaurant chains bought the right to use it in certain territories. While Manners had the rights for a while in Northern Ohio, they must have lost them or decided to drop them at some point because by 1970, the ads no longer featured the Big Boy name or its iconic slingshot-carrying mascot.
|1970 phone book ad; note the generic double decker burger|
Strangely enough, the Hoop Drive-in made at curtain call at 2405 W. Lake Road for a few years starting in 1975. But by 1980, it was Tudy's Coffee Shop, followed by Bonnie's Place (in 1982). Sadly, by 1985 it was storage for Jeancola's Market. It would later spring back to life as Antigoni's, and later, the Fish Shanty and others. The restaurant sign has said Pete's Family Restaurant for quite a while, but I think the current business occupying the building is called the Beachcliff Diner.
|Former Manners at intersection of Leavitt Road and US Route 6 in Lorain|
|Former Manners Big Boy location on North Ridge Road near State Route 57|
|Looking east across Oberlin Ave. at former Manners location|
To read a nice story about the Manners restaurants by noted Plain Dealer reporter Tom Feran, click here.