This undated postcard shows off one of Duluth’s best-remembered restaurants, the Flame, which operated off-and-on at multiple locations in various forms from the 1930s to the 1980s. At the time of the postcard above, the Flame was at 353 S. Fifth Ave. W., where the Great Lakes Aquarium is today. The Flame operated on the waterfront from 1946 to 1973 and reopened there in 1983.
The text on the back of the card above reads:
From the Flame’s glassed-in dining room, you see a beautiful view of the harbor with its passing ships that will long be remembered.
The original Flame was located at 14th Ave. E. and London Road, as shown in the 1940’s-era postcard below.
This card, published by Kreiman’s Lyceum News & Bookstore, has the following text on the back:
Northwest’s Finest-Known From Coast to Coast
14th at London Road, Duluth, Minnesota
We have grown from a Barbecue Stand to the N.W.’s Finest Restaurant (The Home of the Magic Rooster Bar and Chick Room). Surrounded by Natural Beauty, overlooking the FLAME’S beautiful natural gardens. You dine amid splendor, beauty and comfort to enjoy our famous Steaks, Chicken, Ribs or Fish Dinners, prepared to satisfy the palate of the most exacting epicureans.
For more information on the history of the Flame, pickup a copy of the book Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood. It contains a history of the Flame that can also be read on zenithcity.com.
A recent Mystery Photo on Perfect Duluth Day focused on buildings near the Flame Restaurant, and includes a variety of aerial photos that the include it in the frame.
The above image, shot by Charles Curtis in the 1980s, shows the Flame surrounded by RVs during an Airstream rally.
Minnesota Reflections titles the above image Aerial Lift Bridge: Higgins Overlook, Duluth, Minnesota Still and dates it Sept. 1, 1972. The photographer is Elizabeth Goodsell.
Below, a few random Flame relics.
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