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Mikeydbn
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Post Number: 307
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 12:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

After 46 Years, the Mercury Coffee Shop on Michigan Avenue at Military in West Dearborn is closing. The rumors say a Walgreens will take its place. This is yet another old landmark in Dearborn cleared for "progress". Said Deep has more coverage on his site


Has anybody here ever been to the Mercury Coffee Shop?
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Matt
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Post Number: 1026
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 1:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Are you kidding me? The Merc is closing? My Grandmother and Uncle would take me there all the time when I was a kid. I always would get a chocolate shake there.

From going time to time, we got to know some of the people who worked there. Particularly, a red-headed woman named Virginia. We'd always wonder if her wig was screwed on tight enough. :-)
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56packman
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Post Number: 171
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 1:34 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's the coffe shop in front of the motel? is the motel going too?
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Mikeydbn
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 1:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The whole building is going. Same fate as Powers Hamburgers, and the historic Standard Oil gas station.


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Mikeydbn
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Post Number: 309
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 1:52 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They tried to make the new BP station look similar to this one, but it looks really terrible. Sorry I don't have a pic of the new station.
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Bvos
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Post Number: 1363
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 2:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have to hand it to the gas station owners, how many gas stations do you see today that put a lot of extra money into actually having good design?

No, it's not an exact replica, but it's pretty darn close. The new structure and site plan allowed them to make much better use of the lot and generate more revenue. My only problem with the place is the canopy over the gas pumps. That is really dumb looking.
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Bvos
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Post Number: 1364
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 2:29 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Mercury Motel is one of the few Guggi buildings in the area. It probably does a marginal business as a motel, but the architecture, including the sign, are one of a kind. This will be a big loss to the area.
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Island
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Post Number: 16
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 10:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My first meal at the Merc was 35 years ago, my last was last week. Used to work across the street at Muirheads and got real familiar with their cheeseburger deluxe; breakfast on the weekends won't be the same...(progress)
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Downtown_dave
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Post Number: 58
Registered: 07-2005
Posted From: 63.77.247.130
Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 11:02 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh geeze -- the best rice pudding on earth could be found there...
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Mc5rules
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Post Number: 167
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 11:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When I was courting Mrs. MC5rules, she lived right around the corner from the Mercury. I had some great hangover breakfasts there...I'm gonna miss that place.
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Dougw
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Post Number: 1052
Registered: 11-2003
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Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 3:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just got back from eating lunch there. They're open until the 30th, if anyone wants to get one last meal there...
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Dougw
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Post Number: 1056
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Posted From: 68.248.55.184
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 1:15 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


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