Little Tavern Locations- Updated List

Harry F. Duncan founded Little Tavern Shops inc. in 1927.
By 1937, 33 Little taverns and two Little Tavern Grills had been opened
By 1940, 45 shops were open
1959- Baltimore office located at 516 york road, Towson, MD
1965- 44 Shops, 17 in Baltimore
In 1972, around 42 Little Taverns were operating
1980- Duncan sold the chain to Gerald Wedren.
1982, 36 were open
1983- 31 locations, 13 in Baltimore
1987- 28 locations, 17 in the DC area, 11 in the Baltimore
In 1988, 22 locations were still operating. Little Tavern sold.
1990- 19 locations
In 1991, 20 locations
1996 -4 locations- wheaton, laurel, conkling st., Holabird
2003- Laurel, Conkling, Holabird owned by Owned by Alfred Roy. Also a seasonal location in Ocean City. Of those locations, only Laurel was a location from the original chain.

Before the Little Tavern name was hit upon, Duncan had already been in the hamburger business for several years.
Feb 14, 1925 – St. Louis No. 1
Between 1925 and 1927, 5 “Baby Beef” were opened in St. Louis.
He sold the chain in 1927 and moved to Louisville, KY, where he opened his first Little Tavern.

Little Tavern
Locations I’ve been able to find the number of.

1. Mach 24, 1927- Louisville No. 1
510 West Broadway Louisville, KY
Referred to within the chain as the “Mother Tavern”. This was the only Louisville location which lasted into WWII. An interesting side note, instead of move to DC with many of the Louisville Crew when Little Tavern shifted to the DC area, former employee Leonard Higdon started a copycat restaurant, called “Little Castle” at 116 S 26th st Louisville KY in the early 1940s.
Image courtesy Larry Collier

2. October 8, 1927 – Louisville No. 2
414 E Broadway, Louisville, KY
Image courtesy Charlene Clark. Check out her paintings!

3. Dec 22, 1927 – Louisville No. 3
652 S 18th St, Louisville, KY
Image courtesy Larry Collier

4. March 24, 1928 – Louisville No. 4 – Sold August 1935
2120 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY

5. May 17, 1928 – Louisville No. 5
417 W. Chestnut, Louisville, KY
Image courtesy Larry Collier

6. October 30, 1928 – Washington No. 1
814 E Street NW.

7. February 12, 1929- Washington No. 2
3701 New Hampshire Ave. NW Washington DC
Now Sweet Mango Cafe
Image courtesy Charlene Clark. Check out her paintings!

8. August 14, 1929 – Washington No. 3
“3031 14th St. NW : Cost $2000” – The Washington Post, “Building Permits July 7, 1929”

9. December 3, 1929 – Washington No. 4
“One Story Concrete Block Store at 1490 H. St Northeast: Cost $2000” – The Washington Post, “Building Permits Nov 3, 1929”
Remodeled in 1937 – October 3, 1937 Washington Post record
Another record says it is 1492 H. St, and that it was supposed to be open by thanksgiving of that year. The lease was reported by Weaver Bros. Inc. The lease was made by George Shultze of the Shultze motor company.

10. May 15, 1930 – Louisville No. 6 – Closed 1932
129 S. 2nd St., Louisville, KY

11. June 2, 1930 – Baltimore No. 1
1/2 East Mount Royal Ave

12. June 19, 1930- Washington No. 5
2104 14th St. NW Washington, DC
Image Courtesy Lois Smith

The Hamburger Grill
1221 U Street, NW
Referenced in 1933 “The Afro American”

13. 1930- Baltimore No. 2
Greenmount Ave, 32nd St. Baltimore, MD
Now Sea Blue.
Photo Taken 1979

Image courtesy Doug Hansen Photography (


Note the castle-like stonework on the right, similar to that found on the earlier Louisville ones.

14. Jan 29, 1931, Baltimore No. 3 (First “Streamlined” Little Tavern- those built prior were of the castle style, it appears. Some were converted to the tudor style later on)
908 W. 36th St. Baltimore MD

15. March 21, 1931 – Baltimore No. 4 – Closed 1932 due to lease problem
East. 25th Street, Baltimore, MD. Remodeled after 1932. Operated as the “Stone Tavern”Photobucket

16. May 6, 1931 – Washington No. 6
630 North Capitol Street, N.W. Washington DC
Restored 1983. Demolished 1988.

17. August 1, 1931- Baltimore No. 5
Conkling Street. Demolished in 2003, along with the Grand theatre. Shop No. 5 was remarkably in-tact at the time of its demolition.
It was remodeled with enameled panels, along with some other design changes, but the location, sign supports and general shape of the building are unmistakable as this location.

Pictures taken prior to its demolition. Ext. – Int. Int.
Image courtesy Larry Collier
Photo courtesy Debra Jane Seltzer

Photo taken 1986

18. December 23, 1931 – Washington No. 7
1344 G street northwest Washington DC
Torn Down, but the outline of the building is still visible on the wall of the building next door.
Full Post with more pictures
Here’s a shot from the 1980s

19. March 22, 1932 – Washington No. 8
Originally located at 1211 H. St. NW. Moved about 4 miles in 1936. to 1309 New York Ave. Relocated c.1956 to 1251 New York Ave NE. Torn down by 1972 to make way for parking lots.

Harry F. Duncan:
“Jackie Kennedy used to pop over to the LT at 12th St. and New York Ave NW ‘eight and nine times a day’ when she was a roving photographer at the nearby Washington Times-Herald, she was quite a coffee drinker,’ he said fondly.”Photobucket
Images courtesy Larry Collier

20. December 3, 1932 – Washington No. 9
5100 Georgia Ave NW Washington DC
Image courtesy Larry Collier

21. Jan 13, 1934 – The Baltimore Grill / Little Tavern Tap Room – Baltimore

22. February 1, 1934 – Washington No. 10 – Moved 80 feet in 1936 to accommodate construction of government building (Bureau of Engraving and Printing Annex) 14th St. Southwest Washington DC
Image courtesy Larry Collier

23. September 15, 1934 – Washington No. 11
Probably the Benning Road location. The date and number are unconfirmed, but as this is the only outstanding location, it follows that it would be no. 11.

24. November 11, 1935 – Washington No. 12
718 H Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Now Super Nails.
Building Permit Permit # 183945.
Architect G.B. Wenner. Estimated cost $7,500.
Full Post with more pictures.

25. December 12, 1935 – Washington No. 13
One Story Masonry restaurant at 427 Florida Avenue Northeast, Cost $7500, Lee Luttrell, Designer
The Washington Post permits “October 20, 1935”

Arthur Moreland, 511 K St. Northeast, Manager of a Little Tavern shop, Fifth Street and Florida Ave. Northeast was robbed of $81 at 5am yesterday.
He told the police the man came to the shop and was mistaken for the trash collector. After he was let in the bandit drew a gun and and took the money from the cash register, Moreland said.
Image Courtesy Larry Collier

26. Jan 2, 1936 -Baltimore No. 6

27. April 9, 1936 – Washington No. 14
3333 M. Street NW Washington DC –
Converted Now Sweetgreen
Photo October 1990

28. April 11, 1936 – Baltimore No. 7

519 East 25th Street Baltimore MD (open as of at least 1941)
Picture taken Dec. 1979
Converted. Now Pizza Deal.

29. July 1, 1936 – Washington No. 15
“Little Tavern Shops, Inc. : One Story Cinder Block Restaurant at 1200 Good Hope Road Southeast – Cost $7500, Lee W. Luttrell, designer” (Washington Post May 10, 1936)

30. November 11, 1936 – Washington No. 16
1110 H St. Northwest Washington DC
Closed by mid ’80s. here’s a shot from 1981

Photo c. 1986.

Photo c. 1987 of neon

31. December 31, 1936 – Washington No. 17
2628 Connecticut Ave. Northwest Washington DC
Closed December 1972 for the construction of the Woodley Park-Zoo / Adams Morgan metro station
Asst. Manager in 1971 Robert Trauger.
Image courtesy Larry Collier

32. February 4, 1937 – Washington No. 18
1708 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC
Demolished by 1972.

33. February 9, 1937 – Washington No. 19
1326 New York Ave NW Washington DC

34. March 9, 1937 – Baltimore No. 8

655 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E. Washington, DC 20003 (Washington No. 20)
Converted Now Li’l Pub
Permit issued 11/26/1937 , architect Frank B. Proctor, Estimated Cost $5000, Permit no. 20864
Full Post with more pictures


1301/1303 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC
Washington no. 21
1303 Wisconsin Ave NW. Washington DC –
“Little Tavern Shops Inc. will build another restaurant at 1301 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest at an estimated cost of $7,000, Frank B. Proctor designed the building which will be of brick and frame construction.
The Washington Post February 13, 1938
Converted Now Paolo’s
“Ralph B. Swanson- a long time resident of Washington who was manager of the Little Tavern Shop at Wisconsin Avenue and N St. NW for 18 years died friday after a heart attack at his home at 3321 O St. NW. He was 64. Mr. Swanson was known as “Trigger” to his customers and coworkers in Georgetown. A native of Vermont, he moved to Washington about 25 years ago. He has no immediate survivors.” – March 31, 1965.

33-1/2 Independence Ave NW Washington DC – Washington no. 22
Full post with more information

35. 3968 Minnesota Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. (Little Tavern Shop No. 23)
Torn Down. Now strip mall featuring “Rainbow” and “Downtown Locker Room”. Next door to former Senator Theatre, built 1942.

36. 2537 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. (Little Tavern Shop No. 24)
Formerly Best Carryout. Now Continental Construction Next door to the former Highland Theatre.
Built c. 1948?Photobucket

504 13th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
(Little Tavern Shop no. 25)

37. 2716 Good Hope Road S.E., Washington, D.C. (Little Tavern Shop No. 26)
Now New York Fried Chicken

Photo courtesy Debra Jane Seltzer

38. 6th Street and Morse Street, N.E., (530 Morse St.) Washington, D.C. (Little Tavern Shop No. 27)
Converted Now Subway.

Historic photos 1234
Locations I was not able to find the number of. Some almost certainly overlap with locations in the previous list.

The Shops at National Place (Club LT- opened 1987)
529 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

Columbia Mall – Opened September 1982. Lasted until the late 1980s.

Westside Shopping Center- Baltimore MD – 2600 Square Feet
Leased 1985

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
Introduced fish sandwich, steak and cheese, french fries, larger “tavern burger” with lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Now operating as a used car dealership

2002 Harford Rd. Baltimore, MD Property sold October 1937. Likely opened early 1938.

1 East North Avenue, Baltimore, MD
Full post with more pictures.

900 Block of West North Ave, Baltimore, MD
Was Baltimore regional office location as of at least 1942.
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- formerly canmaker’s hall. Storefront location. Still there as of 1993.
“The Block”
Map from The Baltimore Book: New Views of Local History By Elizabeth Fee, Linda Shopes
On the cover of “Players of The Block”

3515 Eastern Ave Baltimore, MD 21224

2001 East Monument St, Baltimore, MD
Robbed 1968
Converted- now a Burger King.

3200 Block of Belvedere Ave. Baltimore, MD- East of Park Heights
Picture taken Dec. 1981

photo from
Photo courtesy Debra Jane Seltzer
Photo Courtesy Debra Jane Seltzer

10 Park Ave Baltimore, MD
Formerly the Lighthouse Pub and the Park Avenue Grill. Tony’s Diner as of 2010.
Photo taken July 1980

516 York Road, Towson, MD
Photo taken 1963
Photo taken 1965
Photo taken 1979
Photo taken 1988

Little Tavern
Glen Burnie, MD

828 North Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia
Built of brick in 1940 (Building Permit #2542, 5/22/1940)
Resurfaced with porcelain enamel panels 1959 (Building Permit #15009, 5/27/1959).
1993- Friendly Tavern (BAR Case #93-8, 1/6/1993)
1994- Hogs on the Hill (BAR Case #94-104, 10/5/1994).
1995 – Jerry’s Subs (BAR Case #95-189, 12/20/95)
2005- Merry’s Subs Pizza (BAR Case #2005-00226, 10/19/2005)
2008- Asian Wok Cafe

3125 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA – Built 1941
Converted. Now Goody’s
previously a 24 Hour A Day A Locksmith, Atilla’s Restaurant (Greek), Dumond Cafe, Cafe Cozzi

Former Little Tavern? Now Tarbouch
3110 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA

2601 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA. Converted from an Ollie’s Trolley to a Little Tavern in late 1983/ early 1984. Virginia No. 4.


Wisconsin Avenue and Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland (Built c.1939) Restored 1983.
Converted. Now Golden House Chinese Food.

Montgomery Lane and Waverly St in Bethesda MD. (4620 Montgomery Lane) Torn down to make way for a parking garage.
 photo LittleTavernBethesda1966-Copy.jpg

135 Main Street, Annapolis, Maryland
Closed/Torn Down Nothing left at the site.
 photo LT-Copy.jpg

There was another Annapolis location, closed by the 1970s, located on the corner of West st. and Washington St.

11143 Viers Mill Road and Grandview Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland
Torn Down , Though sign-frame is still there, advertising Chuck Levin’s.
c. 1997
Photo courtesy Tom Williams

7413 Baltimore Ave College Park, MD 20740
built c.1940
2010- closed.
Previously housed a Toddle House, JD’s roadhouse, the Philadelphia Cheesecake Factory and Curry Express

8230 Georgia Ave Silver Spring, MD
Built 1938, demolished 2003
Demolished. It operated as Ollies in the 1990s. The neon signge on the roof (not the rooftop) was added sometime after 1957.Photobucket

Corner of Fenton St. and Wayne Ave. Silver Spring, MD – Built 1974
Demolished 2008
In the years between Little Tavern’s demise and this location’s demolition, this location housed a chinese restaurant and was painted bright yellow. This is the newest purpose built freestanding Little Tavern which I have been able to find records of. The design is quite simplified, blockier, and without as many specialized parts. Photobucket

Rt. 1 Laurel, MD – Now operating as the Laurel Tavern. In the process, the front window was converted to a double-wide front door and the original front door was bricked over. The interior, which was nearly completely in-tact at the time of its closing in 2007, was gutted.
Signage was rescued.
Sometime in the 1980s, this Little Tavern was hit by a station wagon. I believe that it was damage from this collision which resulted in this location losing its distinctive white and green enamel paneling, which is visible in this photo.


7801 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland
Gone/Converted (Seasonal)
I’m afraid this collectible cutout is the best I can do as far as pictures of this location go. I do not believe this one was operational during the Duncan years of Little Tavern.

A photo from 2011 by Beth Lennon of, while operating as Roy’s Sub Shop.

There was a location in Rosslyn VA.

It’s possible one of the KY locations may have been at 4138 Dixie Highway Louisville, KY

80 thoughts on “Little Tavern Locations- Updated List

  1. Excellent (although a long time to load the page!)

    The earliest Little Taverns were obviously copying White Castle, as did White Tower, another similar chain. In 1929, White Castle sued White Tower, forcing the latter to change its building design. This is just about the spot in your timeline where Little Tavern changed from castle to cottage design. It’s likely that a lawsuit, or threat of one, prompted Little Tavern’s change.

  2. Sorry about it taking so long, but I felt for it to really do its job, it had to be picture intensive.

    They sure were. The signage was almost identical. Basically the same font, same curve to “Hamburgers”. I haven’t found anything showing that there was a lawsuit, and if it was something along the lines of a cease and desist, I’m sure Little Tavern wouldn’t publicize it.

    Interesting to see the evolution even within the cottage design over such a relatively short period of time.

  3. There was a Club LT at the southwest corner of Montgomery Lane and Waverly St in Bethesda md
    When I was an altar boy at Our Lady of Lourdes on East West Hwy,we would serve 6 A.M.mass and have breakfast at LT then head back to Lourdes for school.1967-1970
    Fun Times

  4. I used to frequent one in Towson, MD in the early 70’s.
    We are doing a hospitallity room with the 50’s theme in March and part of the feature is LT hamburgers. Decor includes the soda fountain look and posters of 50’s cars.

  5. I think you may be right. Look at the sign/where the sign was. They both have the unusual square pointy topped posts. It appears that when it was modernized, they studded out from the brick structure. This explains the sunken windows and additional width of the body of the LT. The roof also was extended, as was the design of the enamel ones. The sign post lines up with the edge of the roof in the mid ’30s photo, but is a bit inboard in your photo, where the roof has been extended. The height and location of the features of the adjacent building also seem right, as you say.

  6. dinerman, thank you for your comments on my flickr page. I should have cited your webpage as my scource because you confirmed my memory. Sadly I remeber the day walking behind the Little Tavern corporate headquarters in the alley in Silver Spring when the crew was tossing out into the dumpster all their business records and archives. I was heart broken because it was too late to do anything and I could not rescue any mementos. I have some signs and promotional signage I will try to post or send you if you are interested.

  7. nice work!!, i worshiped the tavern and was always in there!! 24-7 -what a heartbreak that they are gone!!!!!!!!

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  11. i loved getting hambergers from the clarendon tavern. i grew up in arlington va and a bunch of us would get together and eat our hearts out they were the best burgers but you need to post more pictures for memories sake.

  12. If you have any pics from when it was still operational, I’d love to see them. I only have shots from after it closed.

  13. Little Tavern at 1200 Good Hope Road SE (corner of Nichols Ave now MLK Blvd), Washington, DC was in the heart of ‘downtown’ Anacostia. The buildings shown to its right included a shoe repair shop, a barber shop, and a furniture store.
    I was born & raised in Anacostia; chomped down many a 5 cent burger at this LT; my father especially liked their pumpkin pie (real pumpkin; not sweet potato). I sold Sunday morning Times Herald newspapers just outside this LT.
    And when my wonderings took my the other direction, I would get my treats at the LT at 2700 Penna Ave SE between the A&P and the Naylor theater – – great memories

  14. I can verify that there was indeed a Columbia Mall location, and those dates sound correct. It was in the original food court, near the main fountan (where the pointesetia tree is erected during the holidays) That food court was removed @ 10 years ago, and the LT closed a few years before that…It was neat to have, but not the same as actually going to a shop..

  15. As a youth living in Fairfax, VA, I would often go to the movies on F street in DC and park in the Old Post Office parking lot on the weekends. Walking up 13th street I’d past the Little Tavern that was located across the street from the Erol Theater. Actually I don’t think I made it past the Little Tavern many times. The aroma from the hamburgers cooking in the Little Tavern was irresistible. Seems the exhaust fan over the grill was directed toward the street and acted like a magnet to draw me in. The best hamburgers going and cooked with the right kind of onions and a very tasty mustard. I remember the burgers costing a dime then, but still a very good deal for such a treat.

  16. Former Little Tavern? Now Tarbouch
    3110 Lee Highway
    Arlington, VA
    Yes, I know in the 1970’s this was a Little Tavern – not sure when it closed. A few different places went in and failed before Tarbouch opened a few years ago.

    • One was located on Main Street on the left side of the entrance to the Gorman parking lot and the second one was on West Street on the corner of West Washington Street and West Street, next to Greene’s gas station.

  17. Thanks for all these wonderful pictures. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one with cherished memories of The Little Tavern. Wish I’d bought more mugs when I had the chance in Ocean City!

  18. During my hippy days, before I grew up into a conservative, I used to wash the dishes at the Georgetown (D.C.) Little Tavern in exchange for lunch! They were a great bunch of folks working there.

    • I just got back from shooting the two Georgetown locations! Unfortunately both now gutted, but the exteriors are, for the most part, in-tact. Also got some shots of the former Cellar Door.

  19. My Dad used to work at the Little Tavern on 14th and W Streets NW in Washington DC. ((This would have been in the late 30’s.) I have a picture of him in front of the shop. The top of the picture is cut off a little but the number looks like a 5. The address on the door is 2104. It looks a little larger than most of the Little Taverns because beside the large picture window there is a small vertical window. Does anyone know anything about this one?

  20. Dear Little Tavern lovers, I found that the location in laurel on rt.1 still serves a great “THROW BACK” tavern burger made from the original recipe and you can still “by them by the bag”, but just don’t take my word for it check it out it’s called the Laurel Tavern.

  21. Ate at the Little Tavern several times in Bethesda. Great nostalgic experience. Don’t
    remember any of the other sites. A bygone era all too quickly and sadly being forgotten.

    • Our Sunday morninig routine in the early 1960’s was to have breakfast at the Little Tavern in Clarendon before going to church at the Clarendon Baptist Church. I loved those little hamburgers, and I so clearly remember listening to Elvis on the jukebox.. Now that I know so much more about the chain, I am in complete admiration of man behind them–Duncan. We take so much for granted until things are gone….Scout

  22. i am looking for a print or picture of the little tavern on 25th street in baltimore md. my dad worked across the street at oles envelope corp starting at the age of 15 and retiring from there in 2002 (he was approximately 68 yrs old and this was the only job he had in his life). he saw one framed at someones house, and they would not sell it to him or even offer to make a copy of the print (probably illegal). does any one have a print or photo of this little tavern? if so, please contact me asap by e-mail. my dad is not getting any younger and i would love to provide it to him.

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  24. There was one in Salusbury and the Ocean City location. They were NOT owned by Al Roy. You are incorrect. They were owned by the late Bob Permison. I’m his son. You can email me for confirmation.

  25. If memory serves me correctly, the location in Arlington (attached to National Pawnbrokers) closed somewhere around 1990 or so. On the many late Friday night/ Saturday morning excursions home from Georgetown or other D.C. locales, (yes, I remember Cellar Door well) that was a great stop for a quick bite before heading back to home in Herndon!

  26. I not only to eat at these places but have ton of stories resulting from them. The one on F Street in DC, Crazy. The one north of Olde Town Alex, terrific! Thirty years ago I used to love my little bag full of burgers. Then I moved away and I can’t find them anymore.

    I’ll open a franchise in Wilmington (NC) if the company still exists. It would probably be seasonal but the beach tourists would love it. But I’d still have to have the little green roof.

  27. Oh my God, please bring them back, rember them as a child and into my teens and longer. Makes McDonalds taste like garbage. Many thanks for the photos, but where are the two that were in Annapolis.

  28. I’m reading a book set in D.C. during WWII, and there’s a passage that describes a character driving to a LT on 17th St. NW between L and M. Because the character is described driving out of their way to go to the LT, and such a detour serves no plot purpose at all, I assumed it was a real location until I read this comprehensive list of yours. What do you think?

    Also, have you checked out the Washingtoniana Room at the main DC Public Library? They love helping people with this kind research, tracking down old building records, using old phone books, etc. Very helpful staff!

    • I haven’t found any reference to one at that location. What’s the book?
      I’ve been through all the directories there at Washingtoniana, and through the Star photo morgue. It’s a great resource!

  29. My late father-in-law was Mr Duncan’s accountant for those Little Tavern’s in MD, VA, DC. In the late 60’s and into the 70’s he carried large sacks of money to his bank to be deposited.

  30. I left Baltimore 5 yrs ago and there was still a Little Tavern operating on Holibird Ave. Does anyone know if it is still operating?

  31. i grew up around litle taverns. my family would always go out and get bags full. the best eating i ever had . years ago i was in laurel md; and i found the last one and got my cab driver to stop. i was telling him to try them. i converted him/ then it was just closed. with all the restterants aroung why can’t they bring it back/ they are so much more tastey then the new ones/ everything is

    frozen and premaid. someone should find away to bring them back/ Please bring them back. the youth of today don’t know what there missing. we should have a patition or sometihing. long live kuku

  32. The Little Tavern at Montgomery Lane & Waverly Street in Bethesda was previously at Wisconsin Avenue & Elm Street. It was moved some time in the early 1960s.

  33. You are missing the one on Wisc Av in Bethesda…located north side of RR tracks…think it was moved up to Wisc at Cordell when the property was taken to build the air-rights bldg over the RR tracks

  34. Great memories! It was always a treat when our Dad would take us to the Glen Burnie location, and it was always a tradition to stop in while Christmas shopping in that neck of the woods. Thanks for the extensive research and for sharing.

    • Just viewed all the Little Tavern list and pictures….still do not see the original LT in Bethesda at Wisc and (I think) Elm st…torn down to build the air-rights bldg over the RR tracks?

      • No, not the one on Montgomery…i’m talking about the one before that, maybe 40’s and 50’s…we hung out there in the 50’s….they took it down or moved it to Montgomery Av (not sure which) but it had to be removed to build the Air Rights building over the RR tracks…the owner/mamager then opened a little lunch counter restaurant (that also sold beer) 2-3 door up, same side of street, called Crystal Restaurant

      • There were three in Bethesda? I’ve never run across any other mention of that one or seen it in any directories. Do you have any pictures?

      • I just went to the basement and pulled my “56 BCC yearbook…although LT did take out an add, it was generic, did not give the address of the (only) Bethesda location, just says “40 locations to serve you”…maybe it can be found someplace in Bethesda’s history…maybe Hugo Brooks Photography (his store was just up the street from LT, maybe 2 blocks) He did most of the photography in Bethesda, and did a lot of documenting Bethesda history and /or maybe in the history of the Air Rights bldg

      • No, there were never 3 in Bethesda at the same time…the Wisc and Elm was long gone when the one at Montgomery opened
        The Elm St was run by a Greek man named Chris, short for Christopolus, I think

  35. There a quite a few missing, but you can’t expect to list them all. I worked maintenance on all the stores in DC Va and Maryland. Many were lost during the riots, many were lost due to construction issues with the subway in DC. They are a historic treasure to the Washington DC area and their resurrection will be a pleasure and bring back great memories

      • Hi,
        My name is Jack Ferguson Jr. .
        Just wanted to let you know that my Dad Jack Ferguson was the manager of Tavern 17 On Connecticut Ave From the 1950s until it was torn down.
        It would be nice to see his name as Manager on the write up Bob Trauger worked with him, and I filled in as manager for my Dad on Sundays. I also worked as a relief manager for any manager that took days off at most of the LTs in Washington, northern Va. and Bethesda from the time I was 17 until I was 23.

    • I sure miss those hamburgers! I used to eat there all the time….especially the one next to ROTH’S Silver Spring theater and the one in Wheaton.

  36. I Greatly MISS–Here in Reno, Nv. Someone told me that a grocery store chain had them ?
    Please tell me if this is true.

  37. My 89 year old father used to frequent the 828N Washington Street Location and he still raves about their hamburgers to this day.

    • I know…my father-in-law was his accountant…and as a young boy growing up in silver spring I so enjoyed the Taverns besides Roths theaters and in Wheaton.

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