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Old 12-08-2007, 06:48 AM
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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From their website .. it's gone.

Last Chance for Famous Froglegs
Phil Smidt's Closing on Saturday

[HAMMOND] Phil Smidt's, the famous Hammond restaurant that has served lake perch, frog legs and gooseberry pie to hungry diners since 1910, will lock the doors at 1205 Calumet Avenue for the last time at 9pm on Saturday, October 20. Until then, they will serve lunch and dinner as usual.

Company president, Dave Welch, expressed regret. "Changing demographics are a small part of the story," he said. "We had discussions with the cityi regarding relocating to a smaller, more visible location within Hammond. But ultimately, that didn't happen." Welch isn't ruling out the possiblity of a Phil Smidts reopening elsewhere in Chicagoland or Northwest Indiana.

Phil Smidt's was featured in USA Today's "The 50 Great Places of America" in May 2000 and has long been considered a destination restaurant. Phil Smidt's draws patrons from nearby Indiana and Chicago suburbs and far beyond. Mail orders are not uncommon. "We just shipped out eight frog leg dinners to a family that lives in Nevada," Welch said.

Welch apologizes for any inconvenience to patrons. "Phil Smidts has been a gathering place for wedding receptions, anniversaries, showers, proms and funeral luncheons for 97 years. On behalf of my staff, we thank everyone who has dined here."
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:23 AM
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artemis--small world--my parents owned a bar in Whiting for years--- a little farther north on Indianapolis Blvd--closer to McDonalds. I think I was in the one your MIL owned once for some reason. I'm sure I was underage, but there with one of my parents for some reason.

domergurl--now I'm thinking about the bar with the anchor. I think my parents bar had an anchor on the sign, but maybe it was on the building???? I'll have to ask my dad sometime.
My MIL grew up in the building, the bar was on the front side directly across the street from the White Castle. It was on the West side of the street, with the front side facing East. The family name was Kubacki, my MIL's Father died many years ago. Her Mom then ran it until her death. After her Mother died the bar was sold. That was in the early 80's. Those liquor licenses were worth a bundle in Lake County. I don't know if the bar even had a name, but a lot of the regulars were from Standard Oil.

I don't remember an anchor. We usually entered the building back where the family home was. The building was on a corner.
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:17 PM
Location: Bloomington IN
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artemis-I was thinking about one on the eastside of the street. I do remember the one you're speaking about. I'm sure my parents would remember it better. Probably even knew the MIL as they seemed to know most of the bar owners along Ind. Blvd.

My parents bought theirs in the mid 70's (Dad grew up in a Polish family that owned a bar near the IC tracks in Hazel Crest so had some experience.) They tried to sell it in the early 80's (interest rates were crazy!) as it become too much to try to run the business, raise a family, and hold down a regular job. Sold it on contract, had to take it back over after the new owners ran it into the ground a few years later and defaulted on the contract. Sister and BIL ran it through the late 80's and lived above the bar. Finally sold it for good in the mid 90's. They hear the new owners let it run down again-drugs, etc.

My Sunday job as a teen was driving over with one of my sisters and cleaning the place up.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:56 PM
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Default moving to whiting

I am moving to Whiting from Texas hopefully in the next month. I need some help in locating an apartment. My fiance is up there but he works alot and has little time to look. If anyone has any suggestions, it would be great
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:36 AM
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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You may want to check out the newspaper classifieds. There's the Post-Tribune and the NW Indiana Times. Your fiancee can also look there.
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