Duluth’s Lodging & Dining … circa 1979-’82

This promotional pamphlet is from roughly 1980. Within the text might be clues that narrow down a specific year.

The pages with dining and lodging options are shown below, but they aren’t easy to read in this format, so the names of the establishments also appear in two typeset lists.

Anchor Inn
The Bellows
The Black Steer
Boston’s Deli
Branding Iron Steak House
Bread Board
Bridgeman’s Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant (nine locations)
Canal Park Inn
The Casa de Roma
Chinese Lantern
Cloud Nine Restaurant
Country Kitchen (two locations)
Deluxe Coney Island
The Eating Emporium
Gallagher’s Restaurant
Grandma’s Saloon & Deli
Hardee’s Restaurants (two locations)
Highland Supper Club
Highway Host
J.C. Penny’s Restaurant
The Jester’s Inn
The Jolly Fisher
Kentucky Fried Chicken (four locations)
Lakeview Castle Restaurant
Main Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
McDonald’s Restaurants (three locations)
Mr. Frank’s Pizza (two locations)
Mr. Steak
Normandy Village
Perkins Cake & Steak House (two locations)
Radisson Duluth Hotel (Top of the Harbor, Viking Room and Whaleback Lounge)
Robin Hood Restaurant
Sambo’s (two locations)
Sammy’s Pizza Palace (four locations)
Shakey’s Pizza Parlor
Shorecrest Supper Club
Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake
Somebody’s House
Villa Capri Pizza
Wheel ‘n Inn


Downtown Best Western Motel
Holiday Inn
Normandy Inn Best Western
Radisson Duluth Hotel
Voyageur Motel

Miller Hill / Central Hillside
Airliner Motel
Buena Vista Motel
Casa de Tourista
Edgetown Motel
Prime Rate Motel
Skyline Court Motel
Sunrise Motel
Thrifty Scot Motel

Edgewater East Best Western
Edgewater West Best Western
Lake Aire Motel
Lake Motel
London Manor Motel
London Road Court Motel
Viking Motel

Allyndale Motel
Duluth Motel
Grand Motel
Interstate Budget Inn
Mountain Shadows Motel
Mountain Villas
Riverview Motel
Seaway Hotel
Spirit Motor Inn
Starlite Motel
Willard Motel

North Shore
Alpert’s Motel
Duluth North Shore Motel
Gardenwood Motel
Lake Breeze Motel
Lakeview Castle Motel & Dining Room
Shorecrest Supper Club and Motel

Superior, Wisconsin
Best Western Bridgeview Motel
Interstate Budget Inn



about 5 years ago

No Mr. Nick's Charburger?

Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

Perhaps it should be noted these lists do not represent every restaurant and motel in the Duluth area at the time. Those listed are likely just the ones that paid the Duluth Convention & Visitors Bureau to be included.


about 5 years ago

Boston Deli had the best sub downtown. Mr. Nick's and the Main had the best burger, however, Gustafsons, the Place Pool Hall, Pioneer Lanes and Center Bowling Alley also had good burgers. Black Steer had the best soup. Sammy's did and still has the best pizza. Hard to believe but the lunch counter at the two Woolworths made a wicked good tuna salad sandwich.

Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

Duluth Woolworth dime store lunch counter photo from Minnesota Historical Society. 


about 5 years ago

The Jolly Fisher mentions it moved to it's "new" location in 1979, yet there is still a listing for the Normandy Inn so is it safe to assume sometime between '79-'82?

Paul Lundgren

about 5 years ago

Indeed, that narrows the window of time to 1979-'82.

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