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.
So glad I found your blog. I really enjoy all your research!
Thanks, Miss Merry – glad you found it!
That first photo is GREAT. I love looking at those books.
Thank you Dan so very much! I am so thrilled to read this descriptive write-up of the Blue Castle Sandwich Shop in Lorain. I can thank my Aunt Irene Zagorsky Ferner who allowed me to snap a photograph of the original photograph that she had of the inside of the Blue Castle where her sister, Helen Zagorsky Hendry worked and that she was also in the photograph. Enjoy all of your posts Dan!! Without your hard work and research, so much Lorain, and Lorain area history would just be lost.
Dan, The picture of the Blue Castle on West Erie, reminds me of a building in one of your earlier posts. This one is on EAST Erie. http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-building-at-1368-e-erie.html
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The Building at 1368 E. Erie Avenue,
I don't think that link worked, so here is the post I was thinking about.
Wow, you're right - they're practically identical. And both were on US 6, only about a mile or so apart.
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