Little Tavern Locations

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. Closed c. 1950. 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

After closing in the 1940s, this became the Little Manor System restaurant, and remained open under that name until at least the 1960s.
Image courtesy Charlene Clark. Check out her paintings!

3. Dec 22, 1927 – Louisville No. 3
652 S 18th St, Louisville, KY

After closing in the early 1940s, was operated as a restaurant by Chas. R. Melven
Image courtesy Larry Collier

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

Bought in 1935 by former Little Tavern employee Herman A. Parris Sr. and was renamed the White House Shop no. 1. The White House Shop hamburger chain went on to open at least three other locations

5. May 17, 1928 – Louisville No. 5
417 W. Chestnut, Louisville, KY

Was operated as a restaurant starting in the 1940s by Eddie L. Rivers
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!

Photo early 1990s

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

Later became the Robert O’Banion Lunch.

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. Photo

17. August 1, 1931- Baltimore No. 5
523 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

Vintage photo


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 1, 2, 3, 4
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.

923 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”
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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 W. 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
24 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, 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

7317 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland

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 (opened c. 1960)
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.
Photograph Copyright Michael G. Stewart, all rights reserved.

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 Cats Meow 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.

85 thoughts on “Little Tavern Locations

  1. I could provide a photo of the Wheaton, MD shop (Viers Mill/Grandview/Reedie), taken in the spring pf 1997.

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  4. Dinerman, I may have gotten lost in the list, but I think you missed two in northern Virginia. There was one in Old Town Alexandria (that’s now a Jerry’s) at the upper end where the GW Parkway becomes Washington Street. I’m not sure from the address if you caught the one in Arlington (Rosslyn/Spout run section) next the to pawn shop; I think it is a photo store, although I haven’t checked lately.

    Good detective work!

  5. Back in the last century I was a student at the University of MD in College Park. They had a bizarre meal system that would frequently result in one’s being left for a period of days without enough ‘points’ left in one’s account to eat at one of the dining halls. As impoverished students, we became very familiar with the Little Tavern on Rt. 1. I recall at the time that the burgers were sold by the “little bag”…”big bag”…”jumbo bag” etc….to denote a bag of 3, 6, 12 or whatever hamburgers. At that time they were also marketing the burgers with a “deluxe” designation. Those of us in the know NEVER used that terminology. We would order a “big bag with the Little tavern salad bar”….That meant that you wanted the burgers with a pickle, onions, and a leaf of lettuce….

  6. This is great! I am he grandson of Robert F. McFadden, Sr. who was the president of Club LT and cousin of Harry Duncan. I miss those little burgers and would love them to make a comeback. I still have a bunch of the old Little Tavern shwag around my house.

    • I am amazed this site has slipped by me for so long! I am the true Little Poster boy! I am from the generation that preceeded the french fries, hot dogs, xhicken sandwiches and so on. the real LT never would have tolerated such nonsense!

      I grew up in Chevy Chase & went to B-CC Hi (’73). I can remember skipping classes with a couple of friends to hit “Club LT” (that really is what we called it) around the corner from the MCP Station. I always had 6 small with cheese & mustard/ketchup. I know every Little Tavern regular remembers the third squeeze bottle which contained mustard and ketchup already mixed.

      Also, remember how the cheese was applied? For the sake of those who forgot or didn’t like cheese, it was like this – the cheese (about 1/2 slice) was tossed on the grill to melt. Just as it melted, the cook used the roll to “mop” the gooey cheese off the grill and re-assembled the burger! I was literally drooling by the time I got my bag!

      I still make small LT cheeseburgers fairly often and they taste exactly as the originals. One of my friends from those B-CC days stops here at least a couple times a year for them and agrees! I was born in ’54 and never remember any McCormick spices being used at any of the LTs in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Laurel, Georgetown, or elsewhere. It was only salt and pepper. Period. Also, the re-hydrated onion was always (to the best of my excellent memory) pressed into the still sphere shaped burgers by hand and once salt, pepper and onions were added, the spatula was used to flatten the meat.

      Finally, the biggest secret to making the burgers just like the origuinals is the cooking of the meat. If this is wrong, nothing will fix the burgers!

      I have searched for LT collectibles for years with little success. I drove countless miles over the years to be disappointed over and over again. I am now disabled with severe arthritis and can no longer physically take the long drives in search of a neon sign or any LT collectibles. Maybe I will have better luck online! At least I still get to enjoy the great taste of my favotite cheeseburger!

      I hope this great site continues to attract Club LT fans, it is really great!


      • Michael: I was born in D C in 32 and very remember the Little Taverns. 10 cents or 3 for a quarter. I went to Coolidge H S and G W univ. I live in Silver Spring and would like to talk to you. My phone # is 301-598-9747. I have an L T toothpick holder. It very ofd plastic and is in Excellent condition and I would like to sell it. P;ease give me a call or an e-mail, Thanks, George Pearlman

      • Sorry about your disability but you need not worry about making trips to look for Little Taverns. They are all gone. The last one closed in Laurel Md. in 2010. I had my last 1/2 dozen death balls there the month before they closed.

      • The Laurel location (although now operating under the name “Laurel Tavern”, did bring back the burgers, by the original 1930s recipe. They’re much better than the re-worked recipe ones used in the final days of the chain.

      • Michael, I see that someone is supposed to be opening in Balto area but I cannot find out where. Do you know? Sorry to hear about your illness. Where ctually are you located? If I can talk you into an ivitation I might be able to visit you for a taste of a burger you say is a good copy.

        Bill Franklin

    • Hi, I recall meeting your dad along with Harry Duncan and a man named George Mathis. My dad was a regional manager for the company and spoke highly of everyone. I also worked there for awhile while attending college. I have such fond memories of the iconic restaurants.

      • I knew Mr Mcfadden, Mr Duncan and Mr Mathieson very well. I worked with Little Tavern and got to know quite a few of the managers and the supervisors. It was the best time I ever had in my working career. I do hope they come back. It will be nice to see the signs again and the food. Oh so good. I used to watch them make the mustard too. Fun times

  7. I was born in Washington, and my dad introduced me to LT burgers when I was quite young- he worked for Greyhound, and there was a LT by the old Greyhound garage on N.Y. Ave.

    In later years, I often imbibed in LT culinary delights in Georgetown- not on Wisc. Ave., but the one sort of in an alley on around 30th (?) St.

    Little Tavern’s had good burgers and good coffee at a fair price- what’s not to like?

    The photo of store #13, Balt. #2 is absolutely gorgeous. The images of the architectural monstrosities that were once these quaint and aesthetically-pleasing buildings are discouraging, to say the least. Now I know why my grandfather bragged about Packards.

    Little Tavern joins a long list of defunct Washington landmarks. Thanks for the memories.

      • Barb, I dream of LT coming back. Are you serious about any coming back, if so where and when?

      • So far it’s been over five years since the current owners of the name were supposed to open new locations. Nothing has come of it, other than a website that plagiarizes some of its content from my site, and a run of mugs, which appear to have been sold off on ebay to cut losses.

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  9. Hi Little Tavern Lovers!
    I just purchased a “LT Toothpick Holder” at an action here in Pa. Does anyone have any info on it? It is inn the shape of the LT resturant and made of lucite. (It’s done in the orginal green& white with brown trim. The roof has the “Little Tavern” loogo on the very top and on the peak of the roof it says :Little Tavern Shops” 1927 1947 20th Anniversary. It slides open to hold toothpicks…inside we found a silver lapel pin that has “BAMA Little Tavern Shops” Any info would be appreciated. I grew up in the DC area and remember eating LT Burgers….YUMMY!!

    • I also have a Little Tavern toothpick holder. It is open and does not have a sliding top but everything else is there. It is very old plastic and is in very good condition. I would like to sell it and anything you can tell me would be appreciated. Please call me at 301-598=9747. I live in Silver Spring Md. My e-mail address is Thanks, George Pearlman.

  10. It was so refreshing to find my old late night haunt-Little Tavern after work late at night-weekends only, when I was in high school. This was in “downtown” Bethesda, Md. on Wisconsin Ave.
    I was back there a week ago found the place was still there except for the price increase. It was 25 cents each then and 30 cents with cheese. Next time I come back to Bethesda, Md. I’ll make sure that my young children get a chance to enjoy my childhood junk food and I hope that Little Tavern will survive when they grow up with their kids.
    Unfortunately, where I live now Houston, Tx., people don’t know Little Tavern hamburgers but do know White Castle!

  11. Former Little Tavern? Now Tarbouch
    3110 Lee Highway
    Arlington, VA
    Yes, I am sorry to say that this place used to be a Little Tavern. Probably the last bag of burgers I ever purchased was from this location.

  12. I saw no mention of it here but I believe there was a LT on Back River Neck Road in Essex, MD 21221 until the late 70’s or early 80’s near Contry Ridge Shopping Center.

  13. I seem to recall a Little Tavern in Arlington Va. (Clarendon). It sat across the street from Penny’s, which is now a Metro Stop. It was on Wilson Blvd as I remember, but the picture I see, doesn’t match my recollection of this Tavern. Were there 2 locations on Wilson Blvd.?
    After shopping at Penny’s, we would often stop and pick up a bag or 2 of those famous little burgers.

    • In the early ’40s we would walk in to Clarendon on Saturday afternoons to see a movie at the Ashton Theater, and the LT was just across the street. I ate there a number of times, and the burgers were very good! It would be great if the chain would reopen. McD’s wouldn’t stand a chance!

    • Hi, I worked at that Little Tavern in Clarendon while going to college manh years ago. It was the only one on Wilson Blvd. There was a second one on Lee Highway near Spout Run and I worked at that one also. Yes, good food at a great price. My dad was a regional manager for them.

  14. I grew-up in Silver Spring 1960’s and our group would finish up the weekend nights with a trip to the LT on Georgia Ave. We would buy them by the bag, eat them up and head home. Too sleep with a full stomach of burgers. WOW
    My dads store was located at 634 N. Capitol Street. Right next door to the LT and across the street from DC Post Office. I am looking for a picture that would show my dads store and the little Tavern if anybody has a picture of that LT I would love to see it. ALSO I have an old LT walking stick and a plastic model of a Little Tavern I picked up at their headquarters many years ago. Looking at them sure brings back memories.
    Jack Adams

    • I don’t have a photo of the N. Capitol Street Little Tavern, or Jack’s dad’s shop, but I have a picture in my head. I ate there several times when I came home through Union Station. Took my daughter to a Nats game and found my way by dead-reckoning, but couldn’t recognize anything at the top of North Capitol. How it looked is how my mind believes it still is.

    • Jack,
      good day to you.If you are talking about the little store to the right of Little Tavern on North Capitol St, I remember it well. I remodeled the little tavern after it caught fire in the early 80’s and did maintenance on it until the DC Government closed it. I used to visit the store and talk with the owner and of course buy stuff. I do have a picture of the Little Tavern after I remodeled it. If you ever get this reply and can get back to me I will try to find it and get it to you.

  15. I was a regular at the Little Tavern on Georgia Avenue in the early 1970’s . Central delivery was just behind it . I moved to Houston and jus three years ago returned to the area . Thank you for preserving one of the few GOOD time places I had when I worked in the area !

  16. Little tavern was always our last stop after a night of running the roads as a teen in Wheaton Md. back in 1967-69. My parents would get them for the 5 of us for dinner. One night as a teen 3 of us went in to see how many we ea. could eat. I downed 9 and another guy ate over 12. He just did make it outside before he lost it. I do remember it was a bad idea eating them before a date due to the blast of gas that later followed. After getting out military and moved to N.Va. I found myself hittin’ the Tavern again. Good ole days.

  17. I liked the recent comment calling for the return of the Little Taverns. What I would really love to see is an investor who could go around and buy up all the remaining stores, restore them, and make them into the latest thing to do–maybe add wine. I have such fond memories of the one in Clarendon.

    • Bill, I saw a little tavern coffee cup for sale on ebay. It didn’t look quite the same, so I asked the seller the question. Apparently Little Tavern.Com is bringing back the name, first store now in progress on the Pulaski Highway in Baltimore. They are going for malls and stand alone stores. Will they taste the same? Who knows, but a place to remember

      • They’ve been working on the “comeback” for seven years now and have yet to open a single location. Don’t hold your breath.

      • I hope this is Terry??? Thank you for the update. I do hope to see another Little Tavern (or a White Tower) in our area. It was a disaster for me when the Broning Hwy store closed. I had to pass by that store every night on my way home from work so I treated myself regularly. Then, after a long interval I stopped by again and the store was still there but the burgers were not the Little Tavern sliders. That was how I learned that the store was no longer a Little Tavern. I’d love to see someone open a franchise, I d have no trouble traveling 50 miles for a “bag full.” Pulaski Hwy is very convenient for me. I hope it’s true. I don’t see them opening in a mall, I have written many mall contracts and they are so expensive that I doubt that the store could sell enough burgers to pay the rent.

        I did buy a Little Tavern coffee cup several years ago on the Internet but it has disappeared. A friend of mine was using it when he got busted for a DWI and the cup was in his van. The van was towed and I never saw the cup again. We came this close to losing our friendship over it.

        I hope this forwards to your location. In the future please sign your mail to me and give me an e-mail address if you would.


    • Bill,
      I did see a cup for sale on ebay. It has a simillar design to the original, but it is a replacement. It was offered by I emailed them and they were the ones who responded about the store on the Pulaski highway either started or in the process of starting. They said stay tuned. It was exciting to me when I heard they were coming back. I spent many years working with the original owners, doing maintenance on the shops in the MD, DC Va area. The closest I got to Baltimore was Laurel. I did do one job in Baltimore, but can’t even begin to remember where it was. Close to the Inner Harbor, I think. It was saddening when the owners sold. Well, the memories do live on, and hopefully they will make their return. If you get this post, I think it will give you my email address. If not, leave a note and I will get it to you

      • Bill,
        You can send your reply to my email at Enjoy the memories you have. I think Little Tavern left a little piece of itself in everyone who visited and enjoyed their food

  18. I have a friend who has a Little Taven in his back yard in what he calls The Neon Garden. As the name suggests he has a collection of neon signs too!

  19. You are correct about the LT on Lee Highway in Arlington. That Torbash place used to be a tavern. They remodeled, but part of the old building remains. It was the place I bought my last bag at in ’92 or ’93.

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  21. No mention of the Little Tavern Hamburger establishment once located in Glen Burnie, Md –off of Delaware Avenue, cross street DrumPoint Ave.

  22. The most fondest memories growing up was Little Tavern, the last location I ever found was on Browning Hwy. Near the old GM plant. A large piece of me died when they closed, I loved them so much I had them at my wedding reception.
    I don’t know how, but one day I will open one up again, exact replica of my last piece of hraven, it sounds pitiful but may it rest in peace and God bless the founder Mr Duncan he made me very happy along with many other people.

  23. I want a BAG NOW ! I live in Baltimore and will travel a fair drive to get some burgers for the wife and myself HELP !!!!

  24. Growing up near Wheaton in the mid 50s, we would frequent the LT there, burgers were 5¢. Then in HS we would go to the one on M Street after partying in Georgetown. The last bag I remember buying was in the 80s from a location in Arlington – I think. Man, I love and miss those burgers!

    • Yeah, me too! Lots of fond memories, working with the employees was always a great time, knowing the owners was a pleasure. They are on the way back, starting in Baltimore, but the burgers oh! the burgers!!!

  25. There was a location in Eudowood/Towson area on Joppa Road. it is now a Papa Johns (across the street from Guitar Center). We use to ride our bikes there for burgers. Right up the street was a Polock Johnny’s. Two epic food places so close…

  26. I hope this is Terry??? Thank you for the update. I do hope to see another Little Tavern (or a White Tower) in our area. It was a disaster for me when the Broning Hwy store closed. I had to pass by that store every night on my way home from work so I treated myself regularly. Then, after a long interval I stopped by again and the store was still there but the burgers were not the Little Tavern sliders. That was how I learned that the store was no longer a Little Tavern. I’d love to see someone open a franchise, I’d have no trouble traveling 50 miles for a “bag full.” Pulaski Hwy is very convenient for me. I hope it’s true. I don’t see them opening in a mall, I have written many mall contracts and they are so expensive that I doubt that the store could sell enough burgers to pay the rent.

    I did buy a Little Tavern coffee cup several years ago on the Internet but it has disappeared. A friend of mine was using it when he got busted for a DWI and the cup was in his van. The van was towed and I never saw the cup again. We came this close to losing our friendship over it.

    I hope this forwards to your location. In the future please sign your mail to me and give me an e-mail address if you would.

  27. I just ate at a place called Osman and Joes Kitchen at 4700 Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest Washington this morning. It certainly looked to me like an old LT to me but when I asked the waitress if that was so, she said no. Do you know if it was an old LT?

  28. I was born in DC and my father was a District Manager for LT. I have a few items that he gave me, one being a pewter stein which I passed to his grandson. I also have some of his service award pins. I would go to LT late night after having partying in Georgetown and that’s all I’m saying about that.

  29. The Little Tavern in College Park MD has been vacant for many years and now is likely going to be demolished by the new owners, the University of Maryland College Park Foundation who are not forthcoming as to alternative plans other than expanding an existing parking lot.

  30. What an amazing collection of these Little Taverns. Always loved the architecture and the concept way more than the humid little burgers in their moist packages though. Georgetown Little Tavern lasted a long while.

    • Hi, I worked at that Little Tavern in Clarendon while going to college manh years ago. It was the only one on Wilson Blvd. There was a second one on Lee Highway near Spout Run and I worked at that one also. Yes, good food at a great price. My dad was a regional manager for them.

  31. My aunt, Julia Frances Corder, used to work at a Little Tavern in 1944-45. It was located at 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. One night, my uncle, Edward Humphries Corder, and me drove a combined distance of approximately 150 miles (from my home in Amissville, VA to that Little Tavern and back) just to get hamburgers and coffee !! That was back in the early 1950s. I would love to find a photo of that Little Tavern to place in my autobiography . Ahhh… the memories!!

    • I, too, am looking for a photo of the Little Tavern whose address became 655 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E., and later was operated between the 1990’s and 2014 as the L’il Pub. My parents lived on C Street S.E., and following their elopement at ages 17 and 18, walked 1/2 mile to this Little Tavern to celebrate their wedding. He was a sailor who had just returned home. We celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past Sunday.

      • Joanne…..There is a photo(s) of the Little Tavern at 655 Pennsylvania Ave. It is posted in the “Little Tavern Locations”.

  32. Can remember eating the delicious burgers at times when I lived at 907 H Street NW Washington DC . As I remember there were several of the restaurants in the area .It was 1959 and I am pretty sure it was 10¢ each for the burgers,man I thought I hit the jackpot , yummy !

  33. I live in the Silver Spring area and I remember little taverns also in Laurel Maryland I went to both of them and I love them please please please bring Little Tavern back they had the best hamburgers please bring them back

  34. I went to the Laurel Maryland location now known as Laurel Tavern Donuts on Friday afternoon, Dec. 2nd, 2016. They close at 4pm. A bag of 9 burgers is $9.99. They have one table with three chairs.
    The domain name is currently for sale.

  35. Loved the Little Tavern restaurants. My aunt Julia worked at the one located at 3rd and Pennsylvania avenue in D.C. Does anyone remember that particular restaurant? Anyone have a photo of it ? If so, please let me hear from you.
    Bob Corder

  36. Thanks Joanne for verifying the location of that Little Tavern (3rd & Pennsylvania). I was fairly certain that was the correct location, so now I’m 100% certain! That’s a nice story about your parents. Too bad they didn’t take a photo standing in front of it !! 🙂

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