Dog n' Suds - Montague MI 

Address: 4454 Dowling St
City: Montague
State: MI
Zip: 49437
County: Muskegon
Number of visits to this page: 707
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This chain has been a long-time favorite of mine. The food and root beer are amazing. The overall architecture and decor are first rate. Can't think of a drive-in restaurant that looks better. There are 15 or so locations scattered around the country. There are 2 still around in Michigan, one in Montague and one in Norton Shores. As of 2022, both stores are temporarily closed. I am not sure if this is permanent but I'm pretty sure it won't be.

I have decided to use this page to document the former Dog n' Suds around the state which later operated under different names. The ones I have photos on so far are Jonesville (Coney Hut), Lake City (Miss Molly's) and St. Louis. Molly's was closed the last time I was there.

Ron Gross of MichiganDriveIns.com has provided me with a complete list of the dozens of others. I have posted the list here and will work on it to get more photos. So far I found 15 street views of former locations.

St. Louis is long gone so it may have been a Dog n' Suds from start to finish. It was at 6453 N State Rd St Louis MI. I have a street view shown below of the former lot and a historical aerial from 1988. It seems to have gone up in the late 60's or early 70's but was gone from the aerial photos by the mid to late 90's. You can always spot a Dog n' Suds by the upturned wings on the canopy.

From Wikipedia

Dog n Suds is a midwestern United States chain of hot dog and root beer drive-in style eateries. The chain was started in 1953 and by the 1970s the franchise included over 650 restaurants across 38 states. In 2021, the brand continues to operate at approximately 15 locations and serves hamburgers, french fries and soft drinks.

The first Dog n Suds was opened in 1953 in Champaign, Illinois, by University of Illinois music teachers James Griggs and Don Hamacher. The second restaurant was opened after the owners were paid to build another by a wealthy patron and from there the owners decided to create a franchise. A training center was established in Champaign, named "Rover College" after the dog on the restaurant signage. At its peak in 1968, the chain had about 650 restaurants.

In the early 1970s Griggs sold his interest in the business and a few years later in 1974 the company was sold to Frostie Enterprises who owned the Frostie and Stewart's brands of root beer.

In 1991, the VanDames purchased the Dog n Suds trademark and identity rights. In 2001, they created a new company, TK&C's LLC, to administer licensing rights for the brand.

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Dog n Suds - SUMMER 2003 PHOTO
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Dog n Suds - SUMMER 2003 PHOTO
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Dog n Suds - SUMMER 2003 PHOTO
SUMMER 2003 PHOTO
Dog n Suds - SUMMER 2003 PHOTO
SUMMER 2003 PHOTO
Dog n Suds - OLD POST CARD OF MONTAGUE LOCATION
OLD POST CARD OF MONTAGUE LOCATION
Dog n Suds - DOG N SUDS ST LOUIS - 6453 N STATE RD
DOG N SUDS ST LOUIS - 6453 N STATE RD
Dog n Suds - DOG N SUDS ST LOUIS - 6453 N STATE RD - 2014 STREET VIEW
DOG N SUDS ST LOUIS - 6453 N STATE RD - 2014 STREET VIEW
Dog n Suds - DOG N SUDS ST LOUIS - 6453 N STATE RD - 1972 AERIAL VIEW
DOG N SUDS ST LOUIS - 6453 N STATE RD - 1972 AERIAL VIEW
Dog n Suds - JUNE 10 2022 MONTAGUE
JUNE 10 2022 MONTAGUE
Dog n Suds - JUNE 10 2022 MONTAGUE
JUNE 10 2022 MONTAGUE
Dog n Suds - JUNE 10 2022 MONTAGUE
JUNE 10 2022 MONTAGUE
Dog n Suds - JUNE 10 2022 MONTAGUE
JUNE 10 2022 MONTAGUE
Dog n Suds - NORTON SHORES LOCATION 2016
NORTON SHORES LOCATION 2016
Dog n Suds - NORTON SHORES LOCATION 2016
NORTON SHORES LOCATION 2016
Dog n Suds - NORTON SHORES LOCATION 2016
NORTON SHORES LOCATION 2016
Dog n Suds - 2016 PHOTO OF FORMER DOG N SUDS - LAKE CITY
2016 PHOTO OF FORMER DOG N SUDS - LAKE CITY
Dog n Suds - 2003 PHOTO OF FORMER DOG N SUDS - JONESVILLE
2003 PHOTO OF FORMER DOG N SUDS - JONESVILLE
Dog n Suds - FORMER ALGONAC LOCATION
FORMER ALGONAC LOCATION
Dog n Suds - FORMER ANN ARBOR LOCATION
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Dog n Suds - FORMER BATTLE CREEK LOCATION
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Dog n Suds - FORMER GRAND RAPIDS LOCATION
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Dog n Suds - FORMER JACKSON LOCATION
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Dog n Suds - FORMER LANSING LOCATION
FORMER LANSING LOCATION
Dog n Suds - FORMER LANSING LOCATION
FORMER LANSING LOCATION
Dog n Suds - FORMER MUSKEGON LOCATION
FORMER MUSKEGON LOCATION
Dog n Suds - FORMER PONTIAC LOCATION
FORMER PONTIAC LOCATION
Dog n Suds - FORMER SAULT ST MARIE LOCATION
FORMER SAULT ST MARIE LOCATION
Dog n Suds - FORMER ALLEGAN LOCATION
FORMER ALLEGAN LOCATION
Dog n Suds - FORMER WATERVLIET LOCATION
FORMER WATERVLIET LOCATION
Dog n Suds - FORMER LANSING LOCATION
FORMER LANSING LOCATION
Dog n Suds - LOWELL LOCATION 1970
LOWELL LOCATION 1970
Dog n Suds - ST JOHNS LOCATION 1970
ST JOHNS LOCATION 1970
Dog n Suds - WAYLAND LOCATION 1970
WAYLAND LOCATION 1970
Dog n Suds - ST JOHNS LOCATION 1970
ST JOHNS LOCATION 1970
Dog n Suds - COMPLETE LISTING OF FORMER DOG N SUDS
COMPLETE LISTING OF FORMER DOG N SUDS
Dog n Suds - COMPLETE LISTING OF FORMER DOG N SUDS
COMPLETE LISTING OF FORMER DOG N SUDS
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