Reading that February 1970 article about Lorain’s new “quick service” dining scene that I posted last week made me curious about the other restaurants in the neighboring cities during that time period. So I went back and reviewed the Restaurants listings in the November 1969 Lorain Telephone Company directory and compiled a rough list.
All I can say is that the surrounding areas had an incredible amount of choices – of both Mom and Pop places as well as national chains – when it came to eating out back then.
A&W Root Beer stand on Liberty Avenue was still open, as well as Casey’s Drive In. Other culinary choices included the Holiday Inn Steakhouse, Ann’s Lunch, Dockside Bar-B-Q, Elberta Inn, the Hanna House, Lake Erie Drive In, L’Auberge Du Port Restaurant Francais, Leidheiser’s German Restaurant, McGarvey’s Boat Drive-In, The Nest, Old Prague Restaurant, Dairy Queen, DuPerow Restaurant and The Pit.
Further west out in Huron, there was the Philbo House at the junction of Routes 61 and 6 & 2, and the Twine House on North Main.
Amber Oaks, Bill & Don’s Sheffield Inn, Dutch Treat, Miller’s Dairy Isle Snack Shoppe, Pizza Hut, and of course, Vian’s Barbecue & Restaurant.
Nearby in Avon Lake, you could dine at Aqua Marine - Ramada Inn (another topic that will finally debut on this blog this year), Dairy Queen, the Lovin Oven, Paul & Evelyn’s Dinette, the Saddle Inn Restaurant & Motel, Sandy Lee’s Restaurant, and the Tropicana Lounge & Restaurant. And in Avon, there was Miller’s Country Place.
Over in Amherst, some of the restaurants included the Chatterbox Restaurant, Mischka’s Restaurant, Vicki’s Restaurant, Dewey Road Inn and Yeager’s Acres. And in Birmingham, there was K’s Restaurant on Route 113, which advertised home cooked meals and homemade pies.
During the next few days, I’ll feature some local restaurants of yesteryear in their own posts.