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Old 11-04-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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Anyone remember Top Hat. Ummm, I use to go to the one on Woodward in the late 80's, Birmingham maybe. When did the last one close and where was it? Did you like them better than White Castle?
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:22 PM
 
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Didn't they have one on Jefferson? We would wait for the bus in there. I can't remember if it was Top hat or White Castle
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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Anyone remember Top Hat. Ummm, I use to go to the one on Woodward in the late 80's, Birmingham maybe. When did the last one close and where was it? Did you like them better than White Castle?
The burger joint on Woodward in Birmingham is the Hunter House. I don't think it ever was a Top Hat.

It's burgers are better than White Castle's, but not as good as Miller's in Dearborn.
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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Two former Top Hot locations that come to mind was the one at McClellan (or Van Dyke?) and Gratiot and 8 Mile and Gratiot, where ironically the White Castle sits now.
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:40 AM
 
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Didn't they have one on Jefferson? We would wait for the bus in there. I can't remember if it was Top hat or White Castle
MaryleeII,
I think you are thinking of the White Towers on the west side of Jefferson. They had small stores near a lot of Bus Stops. Nearest Top Hats from there was Connors and Warren near the Conners Project Homes. The Top Hats was a nice place to hang out and listen to the juke box'es on the counters and tables.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:03 AM
 
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Two former Top Hot locations that come to mind was the one at McClellan (or Van Dyke?) and Gratiot and 8 Mile and Gratiot, where ironically the White Castle sits now.
I think White Castle was always at 8 Mile & Gratiot. At least it was there in 1950 & 1951. During those years, my mother & I would stop in and get a hamburger or two while waiting to exchange busses. My best friend worked there part-time in 1960.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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Last one I remember was on the Lodge and...Fenkell...I think. It close at least a decade ago. It was a church the last time I saw it.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:38 PM
 
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I think White Castle was always at 8 Mile & Gratiot. At least it was there in 1950 & 1951. During those years, my mother & I would stop in and get a hamburger or two while waiting to exchange busses. My best friend worked there part-time in 1960.
You're right, it was diagonally across from the White Castle, or where the Gulf Gas Station is now.

Either way, I'm 100% there was one on 8 Mile and Gratiot.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:45 PM
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Top Hat at Telegraph and Van Born...ohhhh...It was torn down for a Burger Chef then a Hardees and finally a Burger King..Is the Giant System still at Van Born and Monroe in Taylor?

Almost as good as Top Hat...Wasn't there one on Seven Mile near Livernois? That is the last one I remember.
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:22 PM
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I'm in town visiting, and "touring" the areas I grew up in. There was a Top Hat at Grand River and Telegraph. Mmmmmmm . It is gone now. I loved White Castle as well. Saw one while out today, but we (my niece and I) chose Bates today, also very yummy!

I MISS Big Boy, Dunkin Donuts, ANY Coney Island restaurant, and Meijers. I may be moving back, I discovered on this visit that Michigan/Detroit suburbs are truly my home, even with snow and ice.
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