Indy cafeterias of the past?

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2019/08/19 20:38:45 (permalink)

Indy cafeterias of the past?

I was talking with my mom yesterday and happened to ask her if she remembered eating at Gray Brothers and/or Poe Brothers when she was growing up in Indianapolis in the 1940s and 1950s, and she said that she didn't think so but she did remember eating at a different one.  However, she couldn't recall the name so I'm wondering if there were other fairly popular cafeterias in operation during these decades...does anyone know?  Rumaki?  Davydd?  Bueller?  Bueller?  Her family lived at 9200 Central Ave. at the time, if there were any on the north side.  Thanks!
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    Re: Indy cafeterias of the past? 2019/08/19 21:00:26 (permalink)
    MCL?
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    Re: Indy cafeterias of the past? 2019/08/19 21:51:44 (permalink)
    Waldorf Cafeterias. there were two of them in New Haven. I understand there were others in Massachusetts.
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    Re: Indy cafeterias of the past? 2019/08/19 22:54:39 (permalink)
    Ate at Gray's tonight.
    Could have been the now defunct Laughner's or Heritage House.
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    Re: Indy cafeterias of the past? 2019/08/20 02:06:30 (permalink)
    Heritage House may have been a franchise.  There was one in Springfield, IL for years just south of the Cozy Dog Drive In.  A quick Google search shows they were also in Madison, WI; Columbia, MO; St. Louis; Peoria; and Tulsa.  It appears there are still fully operating locations in Indianapolis and Nashville.
     
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    Re: Indy cafeterias of the past? 2019/08/20 05:17:59 (permalink)
    I only made it Laughner’s one time before the chain closed down, but it was terrific.  Looks like Wiki has a list of all of Laughner's former locations.
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    Re: Indy cafeterias of the past? 2019/08/20 18:10:25 (permalink)
    Maybe Russet Cafeteria in Broad Ripple?  I used to go there with my mother when I was a small child in the late 1950s.   Long before Broad Ripple was the trendy, bar-hopping place it is now, there was a branch of the old William H. Block department store, and we'd go to lunch after shopping. 
     
    I was in Indianapolis for a funeral from Sunday until today, and we drove past the site of Russet, on North College Avenue. I remember having roast beef there.  I think it closed in the early 60's, and for a while it was a Mexican restaurant. 
     
    https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/broad-ripple-russet-cafeteria-menu-424588493
    http://www.broadripplehistory.com/br/russet_58.htm
    http://www.broadripplehistory.com/br/russet_59.htm
     
    But apparently there was another (probably original) branch in the Woolworth Building downtown, too.  There's a Russet Cafeteria letter opener for sale on eBay, and the seller says it's from the 1940s. I can neither confirm nor deny, and if your mother's family lived that far north on Central, it's unlikely they would have gone all the way down to South Meridian to eat in a cafeteria, I'd think.  
     
    That said, Laughner's was definitely our cafeteria of choice, once they opened one in Nora, and we ate there many, many times, and I always stopped in when I was visiting Indy, until they closed down. 
     
    post edited by rumaki - 2019/08/20 18:23:25
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    Re: Indy cafeterias of the past? 2019/08/20 18:17:47 (permalink)
    Heritage House
     
    Reviewed April 11, 2013
    Closed - been gone for several years.
    It was a good buffet while it was there (and it was there for years) -- but now it's gone. Too bad -- they had a pretty good breakfast buffet.
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    Re: Indy cafeterias of the past? 2019/08/20 19:39:54 (permalink)
    rumaki
    Maybe Russet Cafeteria in Broad Ripple?  I used to go there with my mother when I was a small child in the late 1950s.

    My mom went to high school in Broad Ripple so I'd say that until she says otherwise, this is the leading contender based on location.
     
    Thanks for all the suggestions!
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