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Greendale Inn
27601 Harper Ave.

As early as 1936, the Greendale Inn operated as a “bar-b-q and beer garden”. It was owned by Leo Delo and Al Witrick. Famous for its Frankenmuth-style chicken dinners, the restaurant closed about 1967. The building no longer exists.

The Greendale Inn in St. Clair Shores occupied the space at 27601 Harper Avenue at 11 Mile Road. With its large parking lot, the Greendale presided over the corner from at least 1937, since a phone directory for that year lists the phone number as ROSevl-238.

The Inn served meals and drinks.It had a bar, tables, and in the early days, a lunch counter. There was something for everyone in the family at the Greendale Inn: there were gumball machines for the children and slot machines for the adults.

The Greendale Inn was typically open by 11 or 11:30 in the morning, and served food all day and well into the night. In 1955 the closing hour was midnight; in 1953 closing time had been 1:30 in the morning.

In a 1953 area phone book, the ad for the Greendale Inn noted the restaurant was open 7 days, and served beer, wine, and liquor—all of which a patron could also get to go.

Now: Valvoline Instant Oil Change
Opened: c.2015

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Greendale Inn c. 1940s
The interior of the Greendale Inn
The Greendale Inn bar
Greendale Inn 1940s
 
The interior of the Greendale Inn
 
The Greendale Inn bar
An exterior shot of the Greendale Inn, with owners’ names on the building
 
Valvoline Instant Oil Change c.2021
 
An exterior shot of the Greendale Inn, with owners’ names on the building
 
Valvoline Instant Oil Change 2021