The full-page ad ran in the Lorain Journal on July 10, 1956 – 57 years ago today.
So where was Lenny's Drive-In located? The answer: right next door to the Airport Tavern (now Mutt & Jeff's) at 3730 Oberlin Avenue. That's the Airport Tavern's siding visible in the photo.
Unfortunately, Lenny's Drive-In didn't last very long, which is why I never heard of it.
By the 1962 City Directory, it was gone and replaced at that address by the Corral Drive-In run by Bob H. Knight. The Corral Drive-In advertised steakburgers, shrimp and Southern fried chicken.
But despite its mouth-watering menu, the Corral Drive-In headed for the last roundup and was not in the 1964 City Directory. The address was simply listed as "No Return."
Very briefly, a final attempt was made to try and make a success out of a drive-in at that location. In the 1965 Directory, Mike Adams Drive-In Restaurant made its only appearance. But it too was gone in the 1966 Directory.
|In this view from the rear of the properties, that's Mutt & Jeff's |
on the left and the former DeLuca Bakery building (now Rite-Nau Beverage) on the right
|Note the same window of Mutt & Jeff's that is visible in the Lenny's Drive-In photo|