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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cramer's Grille

The Tuckerton Historical Society has its general Monthly meeting on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 PM in the Giffordtown School House Museum. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

I always look forward to these meetings, as I never know who will show up with an interesting story, photo, or aritfact concerning the history of our area. The May 8th meeting did not disappoint. Chuck Richmond, who collects old postcards from the Tuckerton area, brought two old postcards of Cramer's Grille in New Gretna that he had recently purchased at a post card show. For those of you unfamiliar with that establishment's name, presently it's the dilapidated brick faced building on the north-east corner of Route 9 and North Maple Avenue.

Cramer's Grill, later known as the Rustic Inn, in January, 2009.
(Photo courtesy of Pete Stemmer.)

Built by Frank Cramer sometime in the 1930's, it was a an attractive landmark in the center of New Gretna for many years. Many people remember it as the Rustic Inn sometime after it passed from Frank Cramer's ownership.

I thought I would share Chuck's postcards of Cramer's Grille with you and encourage anyone who has memories of the establishment, as it changed ownership and passed through various incarnations over the years, to share your memories with us here at the Blog.

Pete S

Cramer's Grille with its log and brick facade sometime in the 1930's. (Postcard courtesy of Chuck Richmond)

The inside of Cramer's Grill had a rustic theme. (Postcard courtesy of Chuck Richmond.)

Cramer's Grille had gas pumps in front. Owner, Frank Cramer stands to the left with an employee, Norman E. Mathis.
Cramer's Grill was also known as the Fountain Lunch as evidenced by an old Minstrel Program ad. Date unknown. Probably late 1930's.

The above Christmas season ad shows that Cramer's Grille was owned by George Yike in December, 1941.

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