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Hi! I'm a former Racine resident living in Dallas for the last 15 years. Stumbled on your website and was thinking of purchasing a t-shirt. I actually LOVE the graphic on your sign and watch...was wondering if you ever produced a t-shirt with that graphic on it instead? Thanks kindly! Kristine Byars - www.wildwood-studio.com

Dear Dave, I was there visiting recently from Virginia and bought a ladies watch you offered. I think youíre missing the boat. If you offered more merchandise, I would be buying it. How about a new coffee mug that doesnít have a date on it? Or a Kewpee doll? I would simply love to have some of your Kewpee tiles that are mounted on your walls. Can you have them made again? These are things Kewpee collectors would like to have. Sincerely, Pam Stewart

Hi, Dave: I worked at all three Kewpee's in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the mid-1960's. The owners' last names were Faber and Boyle. The local chain morphed into a group of restaurants named Fables. Sadly, the entire group of restaurants was sold for its land value later. One location was downtown; another on South Division; the third was a renovated drive-in on Plainfield near the curve (a restaurant named Mr. Burger stands on the same site); a few years later, a new Kewpee's was built just a little further north on the opposite side of Plainfield (a Burger King is now at that location). The manager at the Plainfield property was Robert "Skeeter" Anderson. Our restaurant was the busiest on Sunday nights when people returning to Grand Rapids from "up north" summer weekends would stop to eat supper before going home. Friday nights were also very busy. We had year-round curb service and a dining room. The key to the Deluxe Burger (lettluce, tomato, mayonnaise and sliced olives) was the very high quality mayonnaise used at Kewpee's. There was no big secret about the olives; they were just sliced olives out of a gallon jar. Customers came to the head of the line. They ordered their hot food first. The guy taking the order would call out the number of regular, cheeseburgers and deluxes to the grill man. Then, the number of orders of fries and rings. Another person would grab salads and desserts, and the final person was the cashier who would get drinks and ring up the order. In the 60's, a deluxe burger cost 40 cents. Fries were 25 cents. Rings 40 cents. French fries were "blanched" potatoes that were pre-cooked and delivered to the restaurants cold. We just dropped the fries into the oil (actually, melted shortening in those days). We were quite well known for our onion rings. You can make them yourself today -- slice some onions, buy Drake's Batter Mix in a bag, dip the slices into the batter, and fry them up quickly. We would slice 100 pounds of onions at a time; a nasty assignment for the new guy.. The tears would flow. There are many other stories and memories. Do with these rambling thoughts what you will. I plan on visiting the Racine restaurant in early June when I am making a baseball trip through Wisconsin. Steve Ohnsman

I stop at the Lima Kewpees at least 2 times a day and as a family at least once a week. We are planning a trip and want to stop at all the other Kewpee's. I do not know if it is just a Lima, Ohio tradition or a Kewpee tradition, but, do people there dip their fries in the frosties? If not give it a try and I bet you'll love it. Also would like to note that the Allentown Road - Kewpee West was built where Al Capone's house stood. I remember when they built it they tore down a beautiful home that Al Capone had owned and given to a school. I remember going there at 3 years old. The garage still stands behind the Kewpee and there was a tunnel that ran from the garage to the house and there was a tunnel that ran all the way uptown to Milano's a Italian resturant. There were also golf carts in the tunnel to make that fast get away or a quick trip home with no stops. Michael Walters

I was recently at Kewpee Burger in downtown Racine. I moved from the area in 1988, and was surprised by the new location, itís very nice! And the food is still the best! Thanks, John Cappert

Dave- I grew up in Utica and lANDMARKS like Kewpees were the best - we thought they would always be there - and somehow when you're a younster, it doesn't mean as much as when youre' older and get nostalgic and want to be back in the 5-'s when it was a better world! - I am a watercolorist and my clients want landmarks but I can't find a photo of Kewpees - I have painted other Utica landmarks - Voss's - the Stanley, Chanatry's Market, Nicotera's bakery on Bleecker Streets in east Utica, etc. There must be someone who could open a Kewpees in Utica again - is there a franchise available,do you know. Joanne

It is strange that my wife's cousin sent us the link to the NY Times Article as just the other day we were discussing old favorite restaurants with some friends down here in Hot Springs Village, AR. I recalled the Racine Kewpee but could not remember the name. For several years ending in 1972 I worked across the street in the IRS office in the Monument Square Building, third floor, and we came to Kewpee's frequently for lunch and really enjoyed those good burgers. I am glad you are going strong and if I ever get back for a visit I will make a point of stopping in for a burger. I recall to this day the grill plumb full of burgers and how good they tasted. Wish you would have had some pictures of the old place on the site. Jay Williams, Hot Springs Village, AR

I grew up in Utica NY, and worked at Kewpees in the mid-50's. Will always remember the advertising slogan " Kewpee Hamburger, pickle on top, makes your heart go flippity flop". My job was working in the basement, scooping raw meat from a large container, with an ice-cream scoop, and stacking the balls into a pyramid on a large flat tray. It took two of us to get the tray up the stairs to to the grill. Thanks for the memories. Chuck Wilson.

I am originally from Lansing Michigan. I grew up on Kewpees! I remember when I was a little girl , the Kewpee restaurant was a little white building with a drive thru! It was quite novel in those days! Lansing community college is where the Kewpee used to be. I left Michigan in 1984 and I haven't eaten beef for 13 years, but I would definitely eat a olive burger from Kewpee's if I had a chance!! I found this web site by surfing trying to find the actual recipe for the olive sauce. I have tried over the years to make it and everyone loves it but its not the same to me! I live in Oregon and not one person I have asked even knows what an olive burger is! Great site! Cheers! Debra McKrill

I live in Lansing, MI and was visiting your Kewpee Website. Very interesting and informative. I'm sure you know the South Lansing Kewpee closed several years ago and is now a Greek/Coney Island type restaurant. My dad used to take me to the old Kewpee's back in the 60's. I never knew there was one in Racine, otherwise I certainly would have visited it when I lived in Milwaukee. One of these days I may talk Paul Weston, the Lansing owner, into letting me put up a small website for his Kewpee, if so I'd like to exchange links if that's okay. Regards, Richard Jenkins

Dave, I just discovered your website about the Kewpee restarant chain. I grew up in Lima, many of my family members worked in construction. When I was growing up my father told me that my grandfather's construction company, Campnell Construction Co. built the Kewpee that still stands in downtown Lima. I have fond memories of the Kewpee as a little kid and teenager. I was a little surprised to learn that there were other Kewpees around the midwest. Like others who have written I had no clue about the other restaurants and will make it a goal to visit the other Kewpee's when I return to the midwest. Thanks for your interesting webstie. Ron Campnell, University of California, San Diego

Hi, I work in Los Angeles and my friend told me that I have a ìKewpee dollî hair style. I had no idea what she was talking about and looked it up on the Internet. I found the whole Kewpee doll history on Wikipedia, then I found out about the hamburgers and the tradition. I must say, my family and I will have to make a stop in one day to try your ìhamburg with a pickle on top that will make my heart go flippity flop;î we are a burger kind of family. Weíll see you in the future and will have to check out your display case of Kewpee dolls. Chris Gutierrez

Hi...It was interesting to stumble across your website. I am Robert V. Blair, grandson of Samuel V. Blair, the founder of the original Kewpee. I grew up a few blocks from the Harrison St. Kewpee in Flint and visited my Grandfather many times at that site. I remember being there during lunch time when the place would be swamped with customers forming a line that went out the door and down the street. Shelly Thomas took the orders, made change and literally entertained all the people as they received their orders. One memory is of the drinking fountain in front of the building. It was made of a large stone with the drain piped to a bowl accessible to pets at the base of the stone. An arrowhead shaped bronze plaque was inscribed: "To the People of Flint and our friend the dog...Samuel V. Blair". The Harrison Street location was a favorite eating place for me from age 5 until it was demolished in the 60,s. Bob Blair

Hi....I am a Racine native who's been addicted to Kewpee hambugers since I was a young kid. I now live in Lansing MI. I noticed on your website that you have a picture of the downtown Lansing Kewpee. (I didn't even know there was a Kewpee in Lansing... I gotta go and see if their burgers taste as good as yours!... I'll let you know!) I hope to get back to Racine in the next few weeks for my birthday, and will be sure to stop in for a burger and root beer! Sincerely, Gail Junion-Metz

Just surfing the net and came across your site. My name is Andre Racine I have a restaurant in Antigua Guatemala called Cafe Luna we have been making 1/2 lb hambergers with our own bread and our customers love them. For our aniversary we baked an 8 pound hamburger with our own sesame seed bread of course. Thought you might like a picture...Andre

HI, I grew up eating Kewpee burgers in Akron, Ohio. I really miss these burgers.....Gerri

Hey there, I'm from Lima Ohio and we've all thought for the last 80 years we had the only kewpees in the world with three dating back to the 20's. Man - kinda takes the fun out of going home now. It's the one thing we look forward to. Now I gotta come there and try yours out. Regards....Petty Officer Terryl McCormack USN

Dear Dave, I still talk about the burgers Kewpee had to offer, they are the best will always be the best. I have lived in Utica, NY all of my 61 yrs and I would just give anything to bring back a Kewpee Burger . I also went to a High School only a few blocks away from kewpee's. Talk about a wonderful business, I will never understand why they left the area. We all want Kewpee's back in Utica NY we don't want Burger King and McDonalds they can't hold a candle next to Kewpees.

Dear Dave, I grew up in Utica, N.Y. and can sure attest to the wonderful Kewpee's hamburgers, etc. My sisters and I ate there countless times. Our high school was only a couple blocks away, and a walk to the "Square" was a frequent after-school activity. Kewpee's was one of the first places I took my future husband when he visited Utica---he loved them, too. Thanks for the memories! Barb {Long} Green- Fairport, N.Y.

Way cool site! Was really interested in reading the history and had no idea Lima wasnít the one and only Kewpee.Thanks...Diane Kaufman

I love Kewpee!Would love to have one right now.I miss them.I live in Perth in Western Australia.I grew up on Kewpees.Nothing like them.I have traveled a lot and found nothing like them anywhere .Hope to come back next year to visit relatives. I will be having a Kewpee!...Estelene

WOW!!!!! I was soooooo very pleasantly surprised!!!!! PEPSI PRODUCTS!!!! YES!!!! AND HEINTZ CATSUP!!!!!!! ...THAT IS SOOOOO VERY WONDERFUL!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! still waiting for a little horseradish on those Kewpees ; ) yummmm!!! Thanks again!!!! Peggy Market

My Aunt Susan who grew up in Delphos Ohio loves Kewpie burgers. Once in about 1959 when I was about 11 she took me to Kewpie in Lima Ohio on a date with Herbie, as in ìHerbie - Herbie heís our man ñ if he canít do it, no one can!î That was the Herbie cheer she and the rest of the cheerleaders used to do. He must have played a sport of some sort, or maybe he was just a really hot guyÖ.anyway ñ she still loves Kewpie to this day (but not Herbie ñ he was a passing fancy).

We live in Lima and can hardly go a week without having a great Kewpee burger. Hopefully we'll be able to travel to Racine someday and visit your fine restaurant as well! Love the site, and now my son is happy to have an "@kewpee.com" email address!thanks!...Steve

Dear Kewpie People! I love your site and your incorporation of the kewpies! Is there anyway I can get my cursor to stay like it is when I'm not on your site? It is awesome! I bought 50 cups from someone who was selling them on Ebay! (I won't let anyone use them though!) Yours fondly, Michele Krohn

My sister and I were great fans of Kewpeeís, Utica, NY. Do you remember the waitress who looked like Elizabeth Taylor! The Kewpee has been gone a long time, there has been Burger King there( June 18th, 2005), that is being torn down, and a Dunkin Donutís is being built...Rosalie Mikus

HELLO. MY NAME IS BARB CARRICK AND I PRESENTLY OWN MARKLEY'S IN SANDUSKY, OHIO. THE HISTORY OF THE BUILDING ENCOMPASSES ONCE BEIGN AT KEWPEE. RECENTLY, A LOCAL BARBER GAVE ME A DRAWING OF THE BUILDING WHEN IT WAS A KEWPEE. THE BUILDING STILL HAS A CORNER WALL WHERE THE DOOR FACED THE CORNER OF WAYNE AND MARKET STREETS IN DOWNTOWN SANDUSKY. WE STILL SERVE GREAT FRESH BURGERS AND OFFER A FULL MENU NOW. A FEW MONTHS AGO I WAS DEEP CLEANING THE BASEMENT AND FOUND THE ORIGINAL SIGNS FROM THE KEWPEE, WITH HAMBURGER SPELLED"HAMBURGS" AND "MALTED MILKSHAKES" AT THE TIME I HAD NO IDEA WHEN THEY WERE ON THE BUILDING, BUT AFTER RECEIVING THE DRAWING, IT ALL MAKES SENSE! UNFOURTUNATLEY, THE KEWPEE DOLL HAS BEEN DESTROYED, MANY YEARS AGO. WISH WE STILL HAD THAT ONE! IF YOU OR ANYONE OUT THERE, HAS PICTURES OF THE PLACE WHEN IT WAS A KEWPEE, I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE HEARING FROM YOU! WE ARE CREATING PICTURE WALLS SHOWING THE HISTORY OF MARKLEY'S. MR. MARKELY BOUGHT THE PLACE IN 1954. AT THE TIME OF HIS PURCHASE THE KEWPEE HAD BEEN BOUGHT OUT AND HAD BECOME A WHITE HOUSE. WE STILL HAVE ORIGINAL PORCELAIN WALLS ON THE LINE. AND YES WE STILL HAVE OPEN GRILL COOKING. OUR COUNTER IS STILL IN THE SAME PLACE. ACTUALY THE PLACE HAS NOT CHANGED MUCH IN THE LAST 51 YEARS. WE HAVE RETRO LIGHTS THAT WERE INSTALLED IN 1954. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO KNOWS ANY HISTORY OF OUR PLACE WHEN IT WAS A KEWPEE...THANKS, BARB CARRICK, MARKLEY'S, 160 WAYNE STREET, SANDUSKY, OHIO 44870

A sign proclaiming "Your Grandpappy ate here" is posted in the Kewpee in downtown Lima. It's certainly true for my family. In fact, I'm fourth generation Kewpee! My great-grandmother used to walk across the back alley from Madison's dress shop to have lunch there. My grandfather (who owned a bakery) was asked to supply pies to the Kewpee during the WWII, but didn't have enough sugar and such to pick up the contract. My mother and her friends congregated there after Lima Central High football games. I now live in Wisconsin, but go out of my way to stop in for a Kewpee when I'm in the Lima area. Superb hamburgers and a heaping helping of nostalgia is an unbeatable combination. I'm delighted to learn about the Racine Kewpee and can't wait to give it a try. Now my heart really IS going flippity flop! ...Lisa. Stoughton, WI

I grew up in Union Grove, WI which is about 15 miles inland from Racine, WI.I am 67 years old. Several times as a teenager I enjoyed Kewpees while in Racine.I have lived in the Cincinnati, OH area for about 48 years. Every once in a while I get back home to Wisconsin and stop by for a couple of Kewpee hamburgers. I was in there today, April 8, 2005, with my mother and my wife.

Reading the history page on your website was like taking a wonderful walk down Memory Lane ... thanks for sharing. I grew up in Grand Rapids (GR), MI and fondly remember 'going downtown' with my Dad for a Kewpee burger. The GR Kewpee is long gone but it is great to know there are other locations still in business. I'll make it a point to stop in next time I visit Racine....Best Regards, Shelle in Northern Michigan

My name is Joe Conley. I was born in Toledo, Ohio. I now reside in Japan. The other night I was talking in my sleep and my girlfriend couldn't understand what I was talking about(she's Japanese). All she knew is that I was saying "Kewpee's". She said, "Who is that?" I told her it was a hamburger place that I grew up eating at. I guess I told her that the "Kewpee" doll was Cupid's cousin. Well, she thought I was crazy until I decided to go on the web and try to validate to her what I talking about. I knew that Kewpee's only existed in the Midwest, but when I found this web page, it was proven that I'm not crazy! This is the best burger I ever had, and I love Wendy's, but I can still taste my beloved "Butterburger". Kewpee's is historical is my book, and I can't wait to return to the states and let my son in on "The Greatest Burger". Thanks for having this site....Joe

Hello! Our names are Meagan Evans and Ashley Hinkle and we both work at Kewpee west in Lima, OH. We think it is a great honor to work there after reading your website. We had no idea how many people from all over the country loved Kewpee. We find great pleasure in working for a local business that gives so much back to the community. Our hearts go flippity flop for Kewpee!

Why not consider coming back to Utica? We would love to have you back, Have heard many positive stories of the times when your burger place was here...Thanks , keep in touch....JIMBO

Dave, I am originally from Utica, NY. It was such a pleasure to find your site with the historic information. It's a pleasant surprise to see it still in operation. It was such a piece of my childhood. It makes me think "Dave Thomas....you are a very bad man" Utica was to Kewpee as Lima or Racine is today. Where would one contact for franchise info?...Art

Dave, My father and I stopped in for lunch today, 1-28-05. The Kewpee burgers were Outstanding. I've been off from work this entire week. My boss asked if I was going to someplace nice and warm like Hawaii during my time off. I said nope, I'm going someplace nicer, The Kewpee restaurant in Racine. If your ever thinking of expanding, give some serious thought to South Milwaukee Wisconsin.....James D. Kristopeit,South Milwaukee Wi

I think of the Kewpee in Utica, N.Y., still.. I am nearly sixty. Have you ever considered marketing the name again in the Rome/Utica area.. We enjoy a great area with a lot of hardworking people and families with old fashion ideals. A safe area to live, do business in and to raise a family. I could help you with introductions - GLADLY.. There are plenty of people like myself that would go and enjoy the great food and relive the memories. Kewpee's would fit right back into our lives... Merino J. Ciccone, Jr.

Hi! My father is a huge Kewpee fan and has been eating there since he was a kid...for Christmas this year I would like to give him a gift certificate to eat at Kewpees once or twice. Unfortunately, I am located in Boston and will be mailing all of my gifts this year. Could I order a gift certificate (paying via paypal and have you mail it to me so that I can include it with his other gifts? Also, how much do you recommend the certificate should be for? I am not sure of your prices. Thanks for getting back to me.Cory Bogovich

We're visiting Lima, Ohio to have a Kewpee's hamburg. What is the downtown Kewpee's address there? Wish Kewpee's was still in Utica, NY. Thank you, Laura

I lived in Lima during 1971 mostly at the YMCA and two boarding houses on Spring St.The first time I had a Kewpee Burger Ithought it was the best hamburger I ever had, and still do.I dreamed about Kewpee last night. Tonight I found the website. Please build one in Lawrence Kansas. Jerry Gray

I've been eating at Kewpee's since 1950 and try to get there whenever I am back in Racine. All I have to do is think about Kewpee's and I can taste the burger. About 1957, my aunt and I went in for lunch. She asked if they had strawberry shakes. Assured they did, she ordered a chocolate one. Up until then, I thought only kids were slightly weird. Jean Sue Johnson Libkind

Hi...I'm one of the Iowa people that visited your restaurant last week (twice). Great food, great service, and a very nice place! Had a great time. I had intended to get a mug, but forgot. Thanks so much for spending the time with us when we were there. You have a really great place. Donna Nall, Des Moines, Iowa

Hey Dave, You know I love Kewpee-lunch. I often eat there on my way to have lunch with my parents, much to my mother's consternation.But please put up some no smoking signs. It is so much better to eat without some old fart lighting up. It's so gross. Now is the time to make my favorite restaurant a "no smoking" establishment. You know I'll eat there whether you do this or not: I have to, it's Kewpees. McKim - Your best fan

Grew up in Utica NY & went to high school only 2 blocks from the Kewpee's on Oneida Square. Kewpee's had square burgers on round rolls decades before Wendy's. And the frosted was fabulous. I see a picture of it on your web site. It was very busy back in the fifties. If I ever get to one of the remaining ones in the midwest...............yeah! Pat Lukas

Dear Dave, I was checking out the Kewpee website and just wanted to let you know it's great. I'm as shocked as alot of folks to learn that it even existed, let alone there was such a history of the restaraunt. I wouldn't have believed it unless I saw it with my own eyes. After reading the guestbook, I didn't know how to leave a comment for others so I just included it on this email. If you could put it on that page I would appreciate it. They might seem a little corny but I really do have many fond memories of the place. I hope the Kewpee is around for a long time to come and I miss eating at it regularly! Akron doesn't have anything that comes close, not even Swenson's or the Skyway. Charles D. Rousculp, Senior, College of Education, Integrated Social Studies, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA

Hi: I run a Racine History website and I just found your Kewpee website. I've added a link to it from my Links page: <http://www.vindustries.com/racine/0_links.shtml> I like your site a lot and I visit the Kewpee everytime I go back to Racine. Todd Wallace

Look at the photo of the Kewpee still in downtown Lima Ohio compared to the one on your site from Utica. Same structure. Limas is intact and going great. Mike Baker < http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Studio/6415/Lima/>

I am Native American from the Oklahoma Tribe of Seminole and Creek. I will have to try Kewpee one day when i get out that way. Do you plan on expanding out this way? If it is as good as I hear you would make good business. The other burgers that are worh anything is IN & Out burgers. Nida Harjo

Hi, My name is Shawntel Wright and I have been raised on the great taste of Kewpee for 22 years. I now live in Columbus, Ohio and would like to open my own Kewpee Restaurant. I would like to know how would I go by doing this. I know that Columbus, Ohio could benefit from the great taste that I have long for, for many years. Thank you. Shawntel Wright

I AM A LADY OF 78 YEARS AGE AND FROM THE TIME I WAS ABOUT 18 I HAVE EATEN SO MANY KEEPIE BURGERS I KNOW THAT I COULD NEVER COUNT THEM. I LIVED IN LIMA FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND THEN IN ABOUT A RADIS OF 100 MILES AND WE STILL GO THERE WHEN WE WANT A GOOD BURGER.SEVERAL OF MY CHILDREN WERE RAISED ON THEM.IN ALL MY TRAVELS I HAVE NEVER FOUND A BURGER THAT COULD SURPRESS A KWEEPIE.RIGHT NOW WE LIVE ABOUT 100 MILES AWAY AND LAST NIGHT MY SON AND A FRIEND OF HIS WENT TO LIMA AND ORDERED 40 OF THEM TO GO AND THEY BROUGHT SOME HERE FOR US AND I JUST HAD TO EAT TWO OF THEM BEFORE GOING TO BED.THEY TASTE THE SAME AS THEY USED TO WHEN I WAS YOUND AND THOSE ONIONS AND PICKLES ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD.SURE WISH WE HAD A KEEPIE STORE IN THE MANSFIELD AREA.BELIEVE ME,THE OTHER HAMBURGER PLACES WOULD HAVE TO CLOSE FOR LACK OF BUSINESS.CRESTLINE IS A BIG ENOUGH CITY TO HANDLE ALL THE CUSTOMERS YOU WILL NEED,I WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE IN LINE. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR THE KNOW HOW TO MAKE KWEEPIES. FLORENCE SPRADLING GRASER

My name is Mike Smithson. I work at the Kewpee on Allentown road in Lima ohio. I was wondering if I took some pictures of the 3 stores in Lima if you could put them on your site. I did not see much about the lima restaurants so I was thinking I could help you out by sending you some photos of the inside and out of all the stores. Please let me know what you think.

My wife and I are originally from Utica, NY and truly miss a Kewpee burger. The one in Utica was replaced with a Burger King, Yuck! We now live in southern California but still miss Kewpee. Is there any possibility that one again you may increase the size of the franchise. If you come to California I know that you will be a tremendous hit Walter & Joan Scheiderich Sim Valley, CA

Dear Dave: I have been a customer of your for close to 50 years. My wife and I were there this morning, and once again the burgers were Great. I seen your website posted in the restaurant and thought I would check it out. Good job. Customer for ever - John Anderson<john4@wi.net>

Dave: In the early sixties while attending Creston High in Grand Rapids, we almost spend the weekends at the Plainfield/Division location. Were sorry to hear many years later of its demise. We now live in Southern California. We remember your chopped green olive sauce, and use it for special occasions. Are you planning any more collectable offerings? ie-orginal menus, kewpee dolls etc. We plan to order the stuff you now have but additions would be great. In n Out here on the West Coast has become an institution on their collectables as well as their food. We are happy to have found your site, and is the unknown photo listed Grand Rapids? It's close if it isn't. THXBill Senefsky-CHS,1963<pvn_ssv@earthlink.net>

My family and I were in yesterday (Fri), as we have been the last 3 years when we return for the Footlocker Cross Country Championships. We come in because my wife used to eat there when she was a little girl and her grandparents took her there as a treat. I won't go into how many years ago that was, but suffice it to say, the store was smaller back then. Her fond memories of her grandparents are supplemented by the fond memories of places like yours. Her mother's face lights up when we talk about going to eat at your place. (She also ate there as little girl.) Thanks for hanging in there and preserving a very special tradition. Your staff has always been more than polite and patient. The young lady who showed us the watches was very helpful. I was hoping to find plates and ceramic tiles offered on your site. I would think they'd be a popular item - but that's easy for me to say. Anyway, thanks again for giving us the opportunity to create memories for a new generation of young people. John A Newcomer<newcomer@parrett.net>

I am an Akron Kewpee head. Me and my pals went to Kewpees late at night when we were in high school in the mid 1960s. The place was amazing. The most interesting crowd. The best juke box. We would go at 1 or 2 a.m. and eat burgers and watch the people. The place closed many years ago and was torn down. I am looking for old pictures of the Akron restaurant. Do you have any idea how I may find some? Kewpee Boy
Jim Carney, 529 Malvern Rd., Akron, Ohio 44303<mrakron@aol.com>

I *also* remember the Kewpee restaurant in Grand Rapids. Gordie didn't win - I found the original Kewpie DOLL website - and our puppy is such a doll that's who she's named after! We will come to Wisconsin and eat at the Kewpee restaurant, though - and perhaps bring a photo of our Kewpie dog!Love the cursors! Roe Froman, DVM
Roe Froman <bluemoon@i2k.com>

I rememeber the kewpee restaurant in Grand Rapids, MI. Your web page is great. My wife and I were arguing how to spell kewpee because we named one of our puppies kewpee (she has a tuft of fur sticking out of her forehead, it's really cute)and I won having found the web page. We are coming to Wis. and will eat there. Love the kewpee pointer also. Gordie and Roe Froman
Gordie Froman < bluemoon@i2k.com>

Just recently visited my mom in Racine and was thankful to find the restaurant open. (My last visit you were in renovations, that was some time ago and I was crushed). I remember Kewpee's from my Horlick High School days in the 70's. On my last visit I had 3 cheeseburgers, fries and soda....it was one of my highlights of my visit (I was in Racine for only 4 days to go to a wedding). I would love to have taken some back to my home in Hawaii, nobody does burgers like you do, simply the best. I shall visit in the next couple of years and will plan my visit to have a stop at Kewpee's. Aloha and mahalo nui loa,
Timothy P. McDonough <timothy_mcdonough@hotmail.com>

I too remember the one in Utica, NY. I grew up in nearby Clayville and Sauquoit during the sixties. My mom and I would go after shopping. And while I remember one of the first MacDonalds in Yorkville and Voss hamburger stand (shaped like a milk bottle and is still there), they and ALL other burger chains, don't even approach the greatness of the Kewpie! As a kid, my favorite tongue twister was trying to read their flashing sign aloud while lit! "Please do not blow horn - use lights for service!" Any chance of ever seeing a Kewpies here in Los Angeles or Leesburg, Florida where my brother runs the Shamrock Lounge? ThankZ for the memories and I will have to get to Racine just for a Kewpie burger and frosty! Michael
Michael J. Zuccaro <mzuccaro@aol.com>

I have never been to Racine, but now I want to plan a trip. I am a huge fan of kewpie dolls and have a great collection of my own, I also love a good hamburger. Think I should order a shirt. Interested in a franchise? would love to display my "babies".
Donnalee <kewpie4fun@home.com>

What a fun site. Enjoyed visiting it. I love that kewpie display and wish I had it for my own. :)
Susan Brown <powerpuffkewpie@aol.com>

IN LIMA, OHIO THE KEWPEE IS THE BEST HAMBURGER IN TOWN. YOU ALWAYS WILL STOP FOR A KEWPEE WHEN YOU ARE IN TOWN. WHEN I WAS IN VIETNAM I WAS ALWAYS TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO HAVE MOM MAIL ME A KEWPEE NO LUCK. BUT I GAVE THEM HELL WHEN I RETURNED HOME , NICE WEB SITE
Steve Humes <shumes@woh.rr.com>

We left Racine for Texas in 1957 and whenever we are back to visit family, we always try to visit Kewpee's for burgers and rootbeer. Wish we could open a Kewpee's here in Plano, TX! Enjoyed the pictures of downtown - sure not what we remember, but changing for the better. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Marilyn and Wally Manning <mmanni4388@cs.com>

I grew up in Racine Wi eating at Kewpee's and still find my way there at least one time a week. Its good that you have a web site now. I can order on line right? Just kidding. I'd rather be at the restaurant because you can never expect to know what's going on or what will happen next down there.
LeRoy Bowen

Hi Kewpee-guys! I really love your place! You do have the best burgers in the whole world - well, okay, I guess the best ones in America and Germany, cause that's about all the burgers I know! Well, I just hope to get to eat one this year. I miss you Kewpee-guys! Bye, Dorothee Steffens
Dorothee Steffens <dorothelli@web.de>

I USED TO LIVE IN UTICA N.Y. I REMEMBER MY DAD BRINGING US KEWPEE'S LATE AT NIGHT WHEN HE CLOSED HIS RESTURANT. I MISS KEWPEE. I NOW LIVE IN SUNNY ARIZONA. IS THERE A CHANCE THAT KEWPEE WILL COME OUT WEST?? I HOPE SO!! I HAVENT HAD A KEWPEE SINCE THE 60'S... SAD HUH??? UMMMM BURGER... I USE TO EAT MY LITTLE SISTERS...WHEN SHE GOT UP TO EAT HER BURGER ALL THAT WAS LEFT WAS THE WRAPPER!!! IM REALLY NOT CRAZY. JUST A FAN. YOU CAN ONLY HAVE SO MUCH BURGER KINGS AND MCDONALD'S. WELL IN CLOSING, "HAMBURGER WITH A PICKLE ON TOP MAKES YOUR HEART GO FLIPPTY FLOP !!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Francine <cuzzo@prodigy.net>

Some of my fondest memories as a rebel growing up in Ohio were sharing the joys of a great KEWPEE, downtown. My father Phil Petree owned a coin shop about one block from the KEWPEE downtown.....I must have ate a million of these growing up.......I sent him a letter while in the service in Japan describing the craving I had for a double cheese burger. He went and got one and ate it and sent me the wrapper........The smell of the wrapper nearly floored me some, I was half way around the world from home..........My best friend Ronnie loved them as well, god rest his soul. I love my Dad as he is gone now but I never forgave him for not sending the burger also. PAUL PETREE

I grew up in Lima during the days of the downtown Kewpee with the famous turntable at the back of the parking lot. There was a full-time cop just to direct Kewpee traffic. The sign on the wall still says "Your Grandpappy ate here", and both of mine did. I live in Cleveland, now, but my whole family knows the first place I go when I'm home is the Kewpee. I've never ordered fries there because they didn't have them on the menu till Wendy's came along. I have a favorite Kewpee story from when I was in college at Kent State. It was about 1971, and a bunch of us were standing around talking about where you could get the best hamburgers, so I told them it had to be the Kewpee, hands down! Well, this one girl says "Hamburg, pickle on top, makes your heart go flipetty flop?" And I said "How did you know that, You grew up in Akron?" So we all piled in a Volkswagon and drove over to Akron where you could still see the Kewpee sign painted over on the abandoned building that used to house it. The girl who led us on our fruitless quest was Chrissie Hynde, leader of The Pretenders, and world famous militant vegetarian. Think I should buy her a Kewpee t-shirt?
Anne Dorley <curdie@kewpee.com>

75 years ago I'd go from the YMCA gym classes to the kewpee for hamburgers & root beer. Hamburgers were 10 cents and root beer was a nickle. What a deal.
Everett & Mildred Hansen <thansen_1@msn.com>

My husband and I lived in Flint, Michigan in 1961-1962. One of our favorite places to take our 3 kids was Kewpee's. I did my best to copy the green olive mayonnaise sauce and have been serving my version for 40 years. We still love them! I couldn't believe it when I found the Kewpee homepage. It brought lots of tasty memories back to life!! Marge George, Bryan, Texas

I am in my 60's now and can remember all the times my mom and I took the Racine city bus downtown shopping....which was often and we never went home without having lunch at the Kewpee......hamburgers were 25 cents and the best mug of rootbeer in town was a nickle.......I remember taking litle bites of the hamburger so it would last longer.....I can picture the whole interior and how it looked with the table and red stools,........and we always got there before noon so we could get a seat. I could go on and on about my memories of the Kewpee. Sandi Wagner, Green Bay

My two favorite burger places in Wisconsin are Kewpee's in Racine and The Spot in Kenosha. However, Kewpee's wins as I grew up with it and visit whenever we return after living away for 35 years, 28 of them in Prescott, AZ..
Dick De Mark <drrad@qwest.net>

I grew up in Racine and my mom would take me to Kewpee every time I went downtown with her. I'm in the Navy now and stationed in Norfolk Va. But rest assured, every time I'm on leave and in Racine, I do my best to stop in to eat. Keep up the fantastic work.
Jim Kressig <dkressig1@juno.com>

Interesting, Kewpee hamburgs available outside of Lima? Racine is lucky! Having lived in Lima and now being in New York City, I can tell ya this place has millions of restaurants and some of the best food in the world, but there ain't nothing here like walking into the white art deco looking Kewpee on Elizabeth Street and enjoying a cheeseburger with onions, tomatoes, and pickles, a chili, and fries with lotsa ketchup and pepper. Not even close! I should never have found this site, now I'm hungry and can't do anything about it!!!
Brian

The best burgers anywhere. I don't miss the cold winters, but I sure do miss your hamburgers.
Phil Jorgensen, Tucson, AZ <pjorgensen@prodigy.net>

Hi, Having lived in Toledo, Ohio for several years the Kewpee was one of my favorite lunch spots., My Dad had also told me that there was a Kewpee in Akron, Ohio prior to WWII. Thanks for the memories!! Dennis J. Klukan, MSEPH Administrator Yakima Health District

I remember Kewpees when I was a teenager some years ago. Back in the 60's you were located on Oneida St. square. The boys and I always stopped for a burger and malt.I enjoyed the car hops you had taking our orders. I'm referring to the Location In Utica, Ny. We really miss you folks and would Love to have you back here in Utica. Ps. I also would like to thank you for the Kewpees wrappers I received from you to make my 50's and 60's party a big hit. Everybody loved the idea but really wanted the burgers to go with it. Hopefully, next year a bunch of us are coming down to Lima for a Real Treat. Thank you
Peter Mastrovito <petegto67@cs.com>

My sister, Amy, told us about this site at a family gathering to which she of course brought a cooler of Kewpees from the Lima, Ohio restaurant. There's nothing like 'em! I drive my friends crazy trying to explain how much better they are than regular burgers. Our whole family can sing the theme song. I wonder if Amy will bring any at Christmas... Any way to have them delivered to New York City?
Rachel Vermillion <rayverm@yahoo.com>

Kewpee Burgers and Root Beer are the Best! I am glad that Racine, Wisconsin Still has Their very own Kewpee Restaurant. the web site also is cool, with the changing Kewpee Dolls on each page. I hope everyone enjoys the Kewpee Experience.
LeAnn <xmercedes@hotmail.com>

I have lived in Racine for 40 + years and enjoyed kewpee's almost as long. I was upset when I found out they were tearing down the old building and getting rid of you old grill...BUT, your burgers and fries and rootbeers are still the best.
Phyllis <phyllisp@gct21.net>

HAVENT'T BEEN BACK TO RACINE IN 20 YEARS, BUT HAVE MISSED KEWPEES EACH AND EVERY YEAR. ANY CHANCE YOU'LL SHIP FROZEN BY FEDEX SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE?
TOM & ANDREA HANSEN <thansen_1@msn.com>

any chance of coming to denver?????????
michael svoboda <michaelspice@yahoo.com>

great site here just like edrugtrader mountdaisy.com
visit mountdaisy.com <kevin@mountdaisy>

Lou the barber told my dad about this website, we moved to chicago from Lima and we enjoy Kewpee immensly. We tell our family we are coming to visit them but we really come back to Lima for Kewpee hamburgers. Makes your heart go flippity flop. Does anyone dunk their kewpee in their frosty or am I the only one??!!
Margie Bright <mppgirl@hotmail.com>

No way! There is no Kewpee outside of Lima, this web page can't be true. Kewpee rocks my world, but this web site must be lies.
Job

Wow! I never knew there were other Kewpees than Lima's! Being the only member of my family that still lives near Lima, I'm responsible for bringing Kewpees to family gatherings!!! Boy, do I hear it if I forget! My dad tells stories of the turntable at the downtown site. My favorite? The "special" with cheese, and I dip my fries in the frosty! I'm taking my girlfriend there soon, so here comes one more Kewpee fan!! You are the best!
Amy Vermillion <Lezaim@aol.com>

One of my fondest memories is Friday nights at Kewpee's in downtown Racine, Wi. in the 50's. After the CYO dances, which were just around the corner from the restaurant, we would all pile into your place for a burger, fries, and coke. Everyone would line up at the counter waiting to give their order. There was hardly any room to move. The bathrooms were downstairs in the basement. You had to go down a very narrow stairway which was not very well lit. Anyways, the burgers were the best in town, even though they were greasy. I'm getting hungry for one right at this moment. I will have to have one again soon. Thanks for this fun website.
Judy Porcaro

Ummmmmmm, Frosty's.
Yeeuh

Well this is a shock. I thought this was only in Lima.
Bean

Someone tole me about your restaurant, and your website. So I visited. Its obvious you have loyal and dedicated fans. If I ever have the opportunity to come anywhere near your town, I will make the effort to take a side trip and experience these burgers your followers rave about.
Robert DeNiro <unpublished>

I am a Lima, Ohio native now living in Danville, Kentucky. I thought that Kewpee was exclusive to Lima until I found this site. I always enjoy eating a Kewpee burger when I come back home for a visit. I think the Kewpee downtown is the best, even though I usually eat at the Kewpee west because it's closest to my parents' house. I'm going to have to swing through Racine if I'm ever in Wisconsin so I can have a Kewpee burger there. Kewpee hamburger, pickle on top, makes your heart go flippity flop!
DeJuan McGuire <dmcguire@searnet.com>

I'm originally from St. Marys, Ohio (currently living on the East Coast). I, too, thought that Kewpee was exclusive to Lima. Whenever my wife & I come home, we make a special trip to Lima just to enjoy Kewpee hamburgers. We always thought that Dave Thomas (founder of Wendy's, which to my knowledge was started in Columbus, OH) must have been to Lima to rip off the Kewpee menu. Perhaps there was a Kewpee in Columbus??? Also, my in-laws introduced me to a place called "Wilson's" in Findlay, OH. The menu is close to Kewpee; they were always under the impression that Wilson's & Kewpee were started by the same people (?). Ever hear of Wilson's or know anything about it? My favorite Kewpee is Kewpee West. My parents remember the automobile turntable at Kewpee downtown, but it was torn out LONG before I ever ate there (which is probably the location in Lima I've been to the least of the 3 Lima locations). Can't wait for my next trip home, which will DEFINITELY include a trip to Kewpee!
Kevin Wilkens <KevinWilkens@Prodigy.net>

Wow! I never realized there were other Kewpees besides the ones in Lima, Ohio. If anyone has any information on the history of the Kewpee "chain" I think it would be cool if there could post it here. Nothing beats a Kewpee berger!
I Love Kewpee

Thank you for the trip back home, to KEWPEE, and pictures of DownDowntown Racine, all of which were part my earlier life
Gerry <bgmax@msn.com>

KEWPEES BURGERS ARE THE BEST! :) I WENT THERE FOR LUNCH TODAY!
Carrie Woods <carrie696@hotmail.com>

Nice Site - Loved the history section! When we are visiting in Lima, Ohio, we enjoy eating at the Kewpee!
Linda Woehler and Mark Mosier <brighteyeslmw@hotmail.com>

O.k. Lou, I checked out the site. I can't believe people dunk burgers in coffee. Must be an OHIO thing. And just for the record, the burgers ARE the best.
Don

Thanks to my brother Lou, who is much heavier than I and has eleven years up on me as far as Kewpee consumption goes, directed me to this website on KEWPEES! I always thought Kewpee burgers were only in our hometown of Lima, Ohio, but now I can consider myself educated on the matter. My favorite order is a double cheeseburger with extra mustard, fries, and a tall cup of coffee to dunk your burger in. No matter what time of the day, the Kewpee restaurants are always packed. My favorite in Lima is the Kewpee West. Besides one bad experience that I remember in which my father slammed his burger on the front counter when he discovered that he hadn't gotten extra pickles on his order, and they still wouldn't give it to him when he requested them, I've always enjoyed my Kewpee visits, especially now that I live out of town.
John Guagenti

I was sitting at my computer in suburban Chicago, wishing that I had a kewpee and decided to type in Kewpee on the web and was floored to find this site!!! I remember as a kid growing up in Lima, Ohio going to the downtown Kewpee and there was no alley to get out the back and there was this circular thing in the back of the parking lot that when you drove on it, it would rotate your car around so you could drive out. Does anyone remember that?? I wish I had a cheeseburg, heavy ketchup, pickle, a nice bowl of chili, a nice piece of pie and a nice cup of coffee. Kewpees are best when dunked in coffee as you would a doughnut. I have a brother in Cincinnati who feels likewise. I miss and long for my next Kewpee!!!!!!!
Lou Guagenti <guagbarber>

i love kewpies and have really enjoyed this site!
debbie perry <dpkidatheart@home.com>

I have a confession to make. In the late 60's, my dad tried ripping-off its good name, logo and all by starting a fast-food restaurant in Burbank, California called "Kewpees",offering hamburgers at 25 cents. They stayed in business forabout a month until his business partner ripped him off andthe whole thing fell apart. What idiots they were. Even thenI was ashamed of his practices and associations.
Karl Garabedian <karlg@flatearthproductions.com>

K- All along, having grown up in Lima, I had always thought that Kewpee was exclusive to us. I happened to stumble upon this, and must say I learned something new today! My favorite Kewpee is definately downtown. It has a feel of nostalgia, not to mention that it hosts some of Lima's most interesting characters. Nothing in the world like the experience that you get when you're there! And it's always the first place I go when I go home, I love the coffee, and could drink about 2 gallons a day-and probably have!!! -Kristina DavisAm I the only one that dips his/her Kewpee in their chili?? And fries also? Just curious...A third generation Lima Kewpee patron. Nothing beats a Kewpee, except maybe a Chuck's Pizza. Bart Stoll. Mmmmm....Kewpee...(drool)
Kristina Davis & Bart Stoll <K-muffy@myfavoritei.com, & B-bartstoll@hotmail>

Dear Dave and Kewpee Crew,Pulled up the menu and besides causing my mouth to water at the thought of one of those delectible "double with"'s, it has made me quite homesick for good old Racine! Can't wait to visit you in July...I intend to make my husband a Kewpee fan as well! Best wishes, Robyn (ex-Kewpee Waitress 1987)
Robyn <binski99@aol.com>

My boy Lou, is Kewpee King. The word around town is that during Easter break (2 days) Lou consumed 9 of Lima's best burgers. Lima Kewpee would go out of business if it wasn't for him. So put your vote in for Lou now! Lou's two best budd's, Steve and Vince, are close in the running too. But Lou will always hold the spot of Kewpee King in my heart!We luv Kewpee!May 7, 2000
Nicole <greeneyeedgirl@hotmail.com>

KEWPEE IS HEAVEN. Although Kewpee is well known for its rather grumpy workers, there is no question in my mind, it is the FINEST delicatessen in the world. Westside Kewpee (LIMA, OH) by FAR makes the best burgers, but I'm also a big fan of Kewpee eastside (also in LIMA) which is notorious for it's EXTREMELY GREASY burgers. ALTHOUGH, I've been forced to shy away from them ever since my boy LOU (Louis Jennings) got deathly sick from one of those; I've got much love for them. Do you think that stopped him though??? NOPE, we realize that there is no such thing as a bad Kewpee. It might make you sick, you might be in a hospital bed for 3 weeks with clogged arteries, but dangit....you had the bomb cheeseburger. DOUBLES PLAIN, ALL DAY everyday....I LOVE KEWPEE!!!
Steve Kenworthy <DoublePlain@kewpee.com>

I ate at your restaurant for the first time today and it was wonderful. I really enjoyed one of America's finest double cheeseburgers. I hope to continue to enjoy Racine's heritage and indulge in the juiciest burger in the midwest. The adage says, " The best way to a customers heart is through his stomach!" You made me a believer.
Andrew

Kewpee East, Kewpee West, and Kewpee Downtown...the three kewpee's i know and love...Lima, Ohio! Lima wouldnt be Lima without Kewpee!
Louis Jennings II <L_Boog@kewpee.com>

I grew up in Delphos, Ohio and still remember fondly the Kewpee hamburgers and Frosty Malts in down town Lima Ohio when they had a dead end parking lot and a turntable so the cars could get out. I'm happy to know there's a Kewpee in Racine where my son lives. I'll be down there as soon as I can. Nice web site. J.R. Strayer
Joel Strayer <marjolex@msn.com>

Nice website and keep up the good work for the hamburgers that I love and look forward to always.
Ashley Moneypenny <ashesmp83@yahoo.com>

I am from Utica, New York, amd I was immensly please to see an old photo of the Utica Kewpees on your web page. The site is now occupied by a (yuck) Burger King. If I had a chance I would take the whole skating club to lunch at Kewpees. What's the chance of getting a Kewpee's franchise going again here in Utica?


Dave Buono <buonodm@aol.com>

I have been eating at your fine establishment for 45 years, and you do a consistently great job!! You have a number of long-time employees who are very good at what they do. I would especially like to compliment Willie Mae for treating us like royalty every time she waits on us.
John Salvo <salvo@execpc.com>

Thanx for the really cool FREE email
Joshua Burkhalter <Pimp@kewpee.com>

Wow. I feel privileged to have lived in both states (as far as i know) with Kewpee restaurants...Ohio (Lima) and Wisconsin (Madison). Although Wisconsin is my home state, I must say I have an greater love for the three stores in Lima, the true Kewpees in my book! Maybe Kewpees in both towns deserves sister city status :) !
carl schinke <cbschinke@sprintmail.com>

hey mike & ganggrew up in racine came back for 40th hs reunion (park)had to have a kewpee got the wife hooked, tookeep up the great work!
bill & linda buetow <spanky49er@arthlink.net>

This is one of the finest web sites that I've ever seen. I'm very impressed. It's almost as tastefull as your burgers...which are the best anywhere !!!! Do you tutor ? I need all the help I can get. Well anyway - you did a great job on this web site and I'm sure your folks are pretty proud of you. You have some great parents there. You done good by each other...One of your "loyal 45 years" plus steady customers. Jerry Fredericks
Jerry Fredericks <jmfreder@scj.com>

Hi David K, Sorry I missed you on your last trip to Lima Ohio. Let me know when you're coming to Lima again. I see you updated the Kewpee stationery I had sent to you. Lima Kewpee's are still as great as you experienced on your last visit.
Ed Marler <marler@wcoil.com>

You people don't know anything about Kewpee hamburgers' the true kewpee is east west and downtown. Lima Ohio Kewpee represents !!!
Vince <murrayvr@netscape.net>

We ALWAYS eat at the Kewpee when we visit Racine...Nice site!
Tyler and Paul <v6alfa@aol.com>

Testimonial: Best Burgers in Town and Great Service!
Patrick Flynn <pat@racineonline.com>

ty mike for sharing this your site with me. as you know my nick online is kewpiedoll. i live in texas but if ever i go to wisconsin ill look you up at the kewpee.
susy <kewpiedoll139@yahoo.com>

kewpee is the greatest place in the world!!
katie kristopeit <kates_k@kewpee.com>

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