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Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Bomber Restaurant

Food, Fun, and Military History

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2016
1. The Bomber Restaurant: Food, Fun, and Military History Marker
Inscription.
You can get hungry building B-24 bombers.
The Bomber Restaurant was first given its name in 1942 by Florence Bladwin [sic] Averill. The massive Ford B-24 bomber plant had just opened at nearby Willow Run Airport to supply aircraft for our World War II efforts. Thousands of people worked around the clock at the plant, and the Bomber stayed open 24 hours a day to feed them. After various owners over the years, the Bomber Restaurant now serves food within an engaging display of military history.

You Auto Know
The Bomber serves one of the Food Channel's top five Ultimate Breakfast Indulgences!
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 14.445′ N, 83° 36.356′ W. Marker is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of South Park Street and East Michigan Avenue (Michigan Highway 17), on the right when traveling north on South Park Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 306 East Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti MI 48198, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2016
2. Upper left image
This diner was the Averill family's first restaurant, located on Michigan Avenue just east of the Huron River bridge. Photo courtesy of the Averill family.
walking distance of this marker. Michigan's Interurbans (within shouting distance of this marker); The Amazing Quarter Mile (approx. mile away); Power on the River (approx. mile away); Michigan Avenue Industry (approx. mile away); Food and Drink (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ypsilanti (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hudsons & Friends (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Barracks / Ypsilanti in the Civil War (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ypsilanti.
 
Also see . . .  Bomber Restaurant History. (Submitted on October 13, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, World II
 
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By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2016
3. Lower left image
Yale Averill at the counter. He continued the family ownership of the restaurant until 1976. Photo courtesy of the Averill family.
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By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2016
4. Middle image
The front window, after the restaurant was named the Bomber Restaurant in 1942. Photo courtesy of the Averill family.
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By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2016
5. Upper right image
A model of the B-24 "Liberator" bomber, a gift from a customer.
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By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2016
6. Lower right image
The original "Bomber" sign letters, currently behind the counter of the restaurant.
The Bomber Restaurant: Food, Fun, and Military History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2016
7. The Bomber Restaurant: Food, Fun, and Military History Marker
Marker is at the parking lot entrance in back of the building.
The Bomber Restaurant image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 12, 2016
8. The Bomber Restaurant
Front of the restaurant as seen from the north side of Michigan Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 280 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 13, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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