Right next door to the former Gulf station on Henderson (you can see it in the background in the photo above) is this well-known building. Until fairly recently it was part of the national Denny's chain, but before that it was different things to different generations of Lorainites.
If you go right back to the very beginning, it was the first restaurant in the chain of local restaurants called The Hoop, showing up in the city directory in the mid-1950's.
|1955 Hoop telephone book ad showing neon hoop on roof of restaurant|
By the early 1960's however, this particular restaurant had become Manners Big Boy.
It continued as part of the Manners Big Boy chain until about the mid-1970's, when it became Poor Richard's Pub.
It was very briefly the Quarter Horse Restaurant and Saloon in 1981.
But by the mid-1980's, and into the 1990's it was the Double R Ranch House. (I remember this restaurant the most.)
By the late 1990's, however, there was no listing for the address at all. It wasn't until about 2004 or so that another national chain – Denny's – decided that 1850 Henderson was a great location.
|Photo courtesy of Lorain County Auditor's website|
Here's hoping that another business moves in and keeps the kitchen open at that historic restaurant location.