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(Courtesy of CardCow.com)
One of these was the Showboat restaurant and cocktail lounge in Huron, located at 10 North Main Street.
An article (below) announcing its grand opening ran in the Lorain Journal on June 16, 1971.
Jake Claus and Walter Mesenburg were the creative owners behind the landmark restaurant, which was designed to resemble an old river boat.
Sadly, the restaurant was eventually condemned and demolished. One website specifically points out that it was not destroyed by fire, as a few published articles have claimed.
On a happier note, a couple of years ago the Showboat was the theme for one of the Huron Chamber of Commerce’s recognition nights (which you can read about here). Members of the Claus and Mesenburg families, who ran the restaurant for more than 20 years, were honored. Photos and artifacts were displayed, along with the actual front door of the restaurant.
Today, the former restaurant’s vacant property is described as the city's best “first opportunity” for development.