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December 14, 2010

Dawson and Stevens 50’s Diner and Bottle Cap Museum in Grayling, MI

By RetroRuth

So, hopefully my post about Grayling didn’t depress you guys too much yesterday.  While some parts of it were looking a little…disheveled, Grayling was still a hopping little place. And, I must confess that I saved the absolute best hopping place for last.  May I present to you…

Dawson & Stevens 50’s Diner and Bottle Cap Museum!   Wooooooooooooooooooooo!

Pretty sweet, huh?  Tom and I were totally surprised when we walked into this place.  From the outside it didn’t look like much, but gad!  We were both floored when we walked in.  I think it went something like this:

Door opening

“So then I said, ‘Lady, that car was like that when I pulled up and as for your grandma, she shouldn’t have mouthed off like….ummm….I….you…”

5-second silence


More silence



“Do you want to eat here?”

Excited gasp “YES!”

After deciding on which booth color we wanted (PINK), we settled in and just gawked at everything.  And there was tons to gawk at.

Check out this collection!  Granted, it is mostly Coke stuff, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. Apparently this diner is home to over 7,000 pieces of soda related memorabilia.  Strangely this only makes it the largest collection north of Bay City. Huh.

In any case, this is a working 1950’s soda fountain, all pretty and restored in the heart of Grayling. And, when you are at a soda fountain, you have to get a soda!

Tom’s grasshopper soda.

Complete with vintage spoon. Nice.

If you click on the link here, you will go to the Diner’s website, where they have pictures of the restoration of the interior and some stuff about the grand reopening.  They also had this sweet little gem.

A picture of Dawson’s from 1959, complete with a car and an excited kid.

All and all, it was a fun experience.  And even if the diner wasn’t restored exactly as it originally was, it was still worth a stop.

Mmmm…ice cream!

*Editorial Note:  I don’t really remember what Tom was saying, and neither does he.  This is just a quote from the Simpsons.  Tom has never messed up someone’s car or hurt their grandma.  At least…not that I can remember.

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4 Responses to Dawson and Stevens 50’s Diner and Bottle Cap Museum in Grayling, MI

  1. Jeanne Reply

    December 14, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Okay, now I feel “vintage.” 🙂 That “Community Stainless” spoon is Oneida and it looks like the Frostfire pattern, which was my wedding stainless in 1977 and I still use to this day. I wish they still produced that pattern. They also made a pattern identical to Frostfire but it had starbursts engraved on it (can’t remember the name), which could be the pattern of that spoon. I soooo debated between the two patterns back then.

  2. Eartha Reply

    December 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Wowee! No wonder you were speechless!

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    December 14, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Gosh that place sure looks spectacular! I’m so glad you stumbled across it. Looks like y’all had a blast! 🙂

    Jeanne – The other pattern you could not recall the name of could be Twin Star???

  4. Jeanne Reply

    December 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I looked at that pattern on the Replacements website and that is not it (that one was discontinued in 1959). Gosh, there are so many patterns listed on that website. There is a starburst pattern, but I’m not sure if that’s the one I am thinking of.

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