Buy 'em by the bag.........

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 Little Tavern Hamburgers......Now just a memory (Exept on my property!)

 While 2 Little Taverns remain in Baltimore, they are in non-original buildings. The last original free-standing location was at 115 Washington Blvd. (Rt. 1), in Laurel, MD. It closed in March 2007. By the time we were invited to remove the original rooftop neon signs, the interior had already been gutted.  The following are before, during and after pics of the building and the signs.  They were removed August 2007. I was also hired to build the sign for the new business: 'Laurel Tavern Donuts', shown in the last photo.  I utilized a letter font to pay homage to the 67-year run this building had as a Little Tavern. I hope it does justice.   The first picture is of  Harry Duncan, with a stock certificate, in 1961. He founded the chain in 1928 when he and his wife Doris moved to Washington, D.C. By the 1960's the chain numbered over 50. The familiar building was designed by Charles Brooks of the Stonebrook Corp., of Baltimore. Mr. Duncan made a fortune selling the tiny hamburgers, and also did well in car dealerships, real estate and a hotel in Bal Harbour, Florida. He sold the Little Tavern chain, then numbering 30, to private investors in 1981. He was a founder of the Boys Club in Silver Spring that bears his name. He endowed the main lobby of the George Washington University Hostpital, now called the Harry F. Duncan Pavillion. A resident of Washington D.C. for over 60 years, he died in April 1992 at age 93. Maybe his little burgers were not so bad for you after all!

 

UPDATE........NOV 2007..........ONE OF 2 REMAINING LOCATIONS HAS CLOSED IN BALTIMORE.  THE LAST LITTLE TAVERN IS ON HOLIBIRD AVE.(near Broening Hwy.)  IN DUNDALK.  CHECK IT OUT WHILE YOU CAN.....                                                                                                                                                     

UPDATE... TOO LATE........LITTLE TAVERN IS NO MORE. THE LAST LOCATION QUIETLY CLOSED ON APRIL 29. 2008.