The subject of the above photograph is a restaurant with Castle in its name. But it's not the Castle, or even a White Castle – it's the Blue Castle.
Linda Ellis sent me the above photo in a recent email. According to Linda, it's circa 1950 and depicts the inside of the Blue Castle restaurant in Lorain. Her aunt, Helen Zagorsky Hendry, is standing to the right of the restaurant's owners, Edward and Loretta.
I'd heard of the Blue Castle, but it wasn't until I did a little research for this post that I discovered that there were several restaurants in the area by that name. The earliest appearance was the Blue Castle Sandwich Shop in the 1945-46 Elyria City Directory. The restaurant was run by Al Kaufer and was located at 588 W. Broad in Elyria.
|October 26, 1945 ad from the Chronicle-Telegram|
|You can see the Blue Castle Sandwich Shop's neon sign |
at the left hand side of the building; a bus is parked in front of it on West Erie
|May 24, 1946 ad from the Lorain Journal|
|October 25, 1946 ad from the Lorain Journal|
|Courtesy Paula Shorf Collection|
Within two years, the Blue Castle name would disappear entirely from the Lorain city directories. The Butterfry (there's a healthy-sounding name for a restaurant) replaced it at 116 West Erie.
Thanks to Linda Ellis for sharing one of her cherished family photos.