Michigan Eateries (page 2)

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Beef-A-Roo Restaurant
Negaunee, MI
Beef-A-Roo Restaurant [gone]
Marquette, MI
The Beef-a-Roo chain seems to have been very small and confined to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The only other location that I know of is in Iron River and still has a vintage sign. I believe these restaurants were built in the 1970s. There must have been some connection with the Rockford, IL based chain which was established in 1967 and still uses the same name. That company used the same cowboy character on their signs and advertising in the 1970s. They have changed their logo since then.

By 2015, the Negaunee location had changed their sign to a simpler plastic box sign. [map]

The Marquette location still had the original sign in 2018. It closed in 2019 and the sign was gone. The building is still there.

In 2019, it was announced that the Iron River and Negaunee locations would be closing once the properties are sold. However, both locations were still operating in 2021.

Chicken Coop
St. Joseph, MI
Chicken Coop
Constantine, MI
Chicken Coop
Grand Rapids, MI
Chicken Coop
Plainwell, MI
Chicken Coop
Watervliet, MI
Chicken Coop
Kalamazoo, MI
The Chicken Coop chain was established in 1966. The company expanded to more than 50 locations in Southwest Michigan and Indiana. The original locations used the A-frame design. The signs were built in the same shape. There are at least two other former Chicken Coop A-frame buildings including these in Elkhart, IN and Kalamazoo, MI. For more, see this website.

By 2018, the St. Joseph building had a new roof without shingles. It was painted red. The shingles were also gone from the front of the building and it was painted white. The sign on the front is gone now but the weathervane remains. [map]

[Constantine map]

The Grand Rapids location had closed by 2018. One of the pole sign's panels was gone and the letters had been removed from the building. [map]

[Plainwell map]
[Watervliet map]

By 2017, the Kalamazoo location had closed. [map]

There are two other surviving locations in Paw Paw, MI and Portage, MI.

More Michigan Eateries:
former Le Dog (Ann Arbor)
Dutch Uncle Donuts (Coldwater)

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Ice Cream

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