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Eastsidechris
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Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 8:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The place, which has been located near the corner of Cadieux and Harper since the late 50s, was closed when I drove past it yesterday. It also had multiple FOR SALE signs on it.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 8:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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Fury13
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Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 9:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That was the best slider palace in Detroit. Damn.
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Softailrider
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Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 9:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What time did you drive by? I was there a couple weeks ago and it was as open as can be. This was around 1pm.
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Rj_spangler
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Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 10:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not surprised, but still sad.
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Grumpyoldlady
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Wasn't at Cadieux and Harper, it was by the intersection of Harper and where Hayes and Chalmers came together if I remember correctly. Really doesn't matter, but thought I'd make the correction.
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Kathleen
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 6:16 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nope, Geneva's is on Harper about 2 blocks east of Cadieux.
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Flybydon
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 7:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Geneva's was open on Saterday. Enjoyed two sliders for lunch and the place was packed.
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 8:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

FWIW, they do have another location on Kelly in Harper Woods.

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it was by the intersection of Harper and where Hayes and Chalmers came together if I remember correctly.



The only restaurants on Hayes/Chalmers and Harper are White Castle, Little Caesars, KFC, and a Coney Island.
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Tkshreve
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 8:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh man the memories....... or lack of memories after the bars. They'll rebound. It just takes the right person to run a place like that, and perhaps the owners did not want to do it anymore.
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 9:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The old owners sold a few years back.
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Steelworker
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 1:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

WTF everything i know is going to crap. Too much bad news these days for me.
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Gistok
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 1:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Drove by Geneva's on Harper last night AND THEY WERE OPEN!!!
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Blueidone
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 1:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think that area had a power outage last night...maybe that's why it was closed?
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Jonesy
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 2:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I drove by there about 1pm and saw a Remax "for sale" sign out front. However, the place was packed. There didn't appear to be an empty seat at the counter.

(Message edited by jonesy on February 12, 2009)
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Grumpyoldlady
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Then what was the name of the diner I'm thinking of over by Hayes/Chalmers on Harper? I thought for sure that was Geneva's. Sorry. Long skinny building with a counter and I think a few small tables along the window. Lady that worked behind the counter back in the 60's had a huge lump on her forehead.
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Zitro
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GL: The lady you are talking about worked at Geneva's. Can't recall that restaurant name on Harper but there was another one with the same name on Jefferson near the foot of the Belle Isle bridge.
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Skylark
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GL, was the place on Harper & Chalmers called Elmo's?
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Zitro
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 3:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Elmo's I believe you're right Sky. Do you recall if there was one down by the bridge too?
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Eastsidechris
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 3:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll do another drive-by this afternoon. I drove past there around 8 the other night, so it should have been open. I'll report back and apologize if I jumped the gun too soon on its closing.
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Jcole
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 4:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey, Chris, while your at it, bring back a couple dozen, okay?
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Tsomyak
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 4:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll second Z's confirmation of Elmo's. My dad worked just a couple blocks down on Chalmers, I remember passing it many times.
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Tkshreve
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Near Jefferson and Harding is another Elmo's. The sign has been blown out forever, unless they recenlty replaced it.

Geneva's may be closed, but their burgers will always be with me...... literally.
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Eastsidechris
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Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 10:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I drove past Geneva's around 6:30 tonight. This time there was at least one small light on in the place, but otherwise it was dark and empty.
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Whittier70
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what was the name of the tiny grille that was on harper at yorkshire(freeway side)back in the day? the name had something to do with a card game or sumpthin
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Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 3:58 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Elmo's sounds familiar. Thanks.
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Dave70
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Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 4:51 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That little place at Yorkshire was called FRANCOS. ;)My friends and I ate there a few times in the mid-late 80s. I remember it was great! hehe

(Message edited by Dave70 on February 13, 2009)
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Pgn421
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Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 8:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dave 70 - wasn't Frankos at Nottingham and harper? Gates was at harper and yorkshire, where Louis is now
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Tarkus
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Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 8:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

No Gates was at Harper and Nottingham
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Kensingtony
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I can't remember what the card themed name of the place was before it became Louie's but I do remember being in there and noticing that the lavatory was called the "Royal Flush".
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I ate at Elmo's back in the 70's...maybe even into he 80's. Chalmers & Harper, where Hayes starts (or ends, depending how you look at it).

I drove by Geneva's late last night as I was dropping off a buddy that lives near there. There was an "Available" sign out front. My buddy said they are still open during the day while trying to sell the place.
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Whittier70
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it was not gates or franko's, but Kensingtony, i do remember the bathroom door saying royal flush also, this was in late 70's
the name may have been Full House?

(Message edited by whittier70 on February 13, 2009)
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Kensingtony
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Yup,Whittier,Full House was it.Thanks for the memory jog.Quite a name for a place that sat about 12 people,max.It would have been late 70s/early 80's.I worked at the Buick dealer cater corner from there.We moved into the building on Thanksgiving weekend 1977 so it was after that.And it was closed for a while before it became Louie's.

(Message edited by Kensingtony on February 13, 2009)
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Whittier70
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i forgot the name of the buick dealer, what was it? and what year did they build taco bell and what was on that corner(whittier & harper)before taco bell?
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Pgn421
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Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 7:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jerry mickowski buick? I remember when Shalla Chevrolet was there
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Skylark
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Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 7:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There was a little restaurant across from Dick Shalla Chevrolet called Blains it was something like Geneva's.
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Pgn421
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That's what I was thinking of. Thanks skylark!
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Diehard
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Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 - 9:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The new owners at Geneva's changed the hours. I think the days of sitting there at 3 a.m. chowing down with all the I-Rock drunks are over.
I heard they got robbed 8 times in one month, so if that's true, I can't blame them for sticking to daytime hours. Sad though.
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tsomyak, your father worked at Raynal Bros., didn't he? I bought my first new car from him in 1973.
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Tsomyak
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Hey Funjon1, I just saw your post. Yep, that was my dad, he worked there from the late 1940's until they closed the doors in the early 1980's. I worked there for a spell myself part time, cleaning cars for the show room, etc. Lotsa memories of that place!
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Tarkus
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Posted on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 6:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rj, Elmos was the butcher shop at Morang and Harper next to Elams.
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Dave70
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Elams, is it still there? "Home of the Worlds Finest Chili" I think. ;)
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What's with the spreading of rumors on here all the time?
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Geneva's on Harper is open for lunch. Geneva's on Kelly is open period.
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Kathleen
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Wasn't Embo's the meat market at Harper and Morang?
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Pgn421
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Yes, Kathleen next to Elams bar.
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Kathleen
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Tarkus had called the butcher shop Elmo's...so I was clarifying that is was Embo's. Was there an Elmo's in the area?
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Pgn421
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 11:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Elmos restaurant is at Chalmers and Harper
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Softailrider
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 7:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Elmo's WAS at that corner, been replaced by a coney island.
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Skylark
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Elam's used to be The Green Oaks Bar. Next to the bar was Embo's Meat Market. On that same block was Dan Fleming Pharmacy, The Wayside Pantry, and a dance studio.

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