Today was a big day for my Little Tavern collection. I picked up four new mugs, and eight stools. Three of the mugs are Jackson, one is Shenango. Four of the stools are from Washington No. 9 (1932, 5100 Georgia Ave NW) and four from Washington No. 15 (1936, 1200 Good Hope Rd SE).
Little Tavern’s slogan used to be “Buy ‘Em By The Bag”.
I did, and I brought them back to the studio for some product shots. Mug is ’50s vintage.
The burgers came from the Laurel Tavern, formerly the Laurel location of the Little Tavern. They tracked down the original burger recipe and are still selling them, along with some really good fresh donuts. If you miss Little Tavern, take the trip, you won’t be disappointed. The building has lost its paneling, its neon and its interior, but they still deliver in the food department.
Laurel Tavern Donuts
115 Washington Boulevard Laurel, MD 20707
While doing research at the Madison building of the Library of Congress, I happened across this picture, taken c.1940 of a Little Tavern located at 33-1/2 Independence Ave (more or less), which is the same location as the building in which I was doing my research. Construction started on the James Madison Memorial building in 1971.
Great picture of a Little Tavern. I find it interesting that it appears there is no signage. I would guess this was taken before it opened?
I also love the building next door and the dark colored vitrolite (or maybe its enamel) that wraps the entire lot and the building next door.
Found some more locations in the Baltimore Sun archives.
June 2, 1930 – Baltimore No. 1
1/2 East Mount Royal Ave
This would have been built originally in the castle style and remodeled in tudor cottage in the later ’30s.
I’d known the opening date for a while, but now finally have an address. It’s a parking lot now.
Columbia Mall – Opened September 1982
I’d had a tip on this one, but the newspaper archives confirmed it. It lasted until the late ’80s.
6414 Holabird Ave Baltimore, MD 21224 Opened April 1983. Closed 2008.
At the time it opened it was the 31st location and 13th in the Baltimore Area.
800 Square Feet- originally a sandwich shop. Remodeled in green. Awning substituted for tavern roof triangle.
Introduced fish sandwich, steak and cheese, french fries, larger “tavern burger” with lettuce, tomato and mayo.
2002 Harford Rd. Baltimore, MD Property sold October 1937. Likely opened early 1938.
This one seems to have been held up the most of any Little Tavern in Baltimore. It had bullet proof glass in front of the register and employees in the ’70s at the latest, so the robbers stepped it up to shotguns.
900 Block of West North Ave, Baltimore, MD
Robbed of $26 in Dec 1952
115 West Baltimore St. Baltimore MD
Property purchased Dec 21, 1939
400 block of East Baltimore St. Baltimore MD
Westside Shopping Center- Baltimore MD – 2600 Square Feet
And while I’m at it, some White Coffee Pot locations I ran across from 1951
Monroe and Edmundston Baltimore, MD
Linden and North Ave
3124 Park Heights Ave
1200 Light St.
It doesn’t look like there’s really anything recognizable at any of the locations.
A friend sent photos of this former Little Tavern, located at 2537 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.
According to Library of Congress records, it was built in 1948; Architect Charles R. Zeller. Another record of it, “Working drawing showing assembly of porcelain enamel cladded panels for fast food restaurant as elevations, diagrams, and axonometrics projections”, exists from 1955. According to that record, it was Little Tavern Shop #24
Some photocopies of photographs, courtesy of SallyAnn Rogers, of the College Park MD Little Tavern. Note the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre performing across the street in front of the book exchange.
A shot from the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties
While at the new years day party of some good friends (and fellow roadside enthusiasts), I spotted this Little Tavern mug amongst their collection. They were kind enough to allow me to photograph and post it.
Some quick and dirty sharpie sketches of Little Taverns
Do-Nut Diner – Front Royal Virginia (4″x6″)
This was originally part of the Donut Dinette chain. For more on the chain, look here.
Short Stop Diner- Wheaton, Maryland (4″x5″)