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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Memories of Kelly's and the Saline Cafe

Many of you have already heard the downtown storefronts that were once Kelly's and the Saline Cafe are being purchased to be converted into new food service establishments.

The closing on the properties has not yet taken place, so I'm holding back specifics until that transpires at the request of the new owners.

I'm bringing it up here because I would like to include the thoughts and memories of community members about those building that take up 103, 105 and 107 W. Michigan Ave when I write the article.

From what I understand, the Saline Cafe was a popular place for wedding rehearsal dinners and the like, and who doesn't have a good story about their favorite watering hole?

Also, if anyone has historic photos of that particular block, I know myself and the new owners will be much obliged.


Blogger 70'S Grad said...

In the 70's Kelly's was Big Daddy's Den. Great place to grab a burger and beer after work or baseball. Mr. and Mrs. Skinner owned and worked very hard along with their sons to make Big Daddy's Den a "hometown" place to be. They expanded next door and added dinners, parties, and New Year's Eve Celebrations that always included their entire family (including employees-because employees were family too!)

It was the kind of place where you were greeted by name.

April 16, 2010 at 12:05 AM  

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