Vanished Site Data



Site Name: Bill Knapp's
Site Location: Portage Street and West Main Street
Date Vanished: 2002
Site Information: Bill Knapps, a family-oriented food chain began in Battle Creek in the late 1940s, and grew to locations throughout the Midwest and Florida.  Their reputation was made on the quality of their food with specialties like au gratin potatoes, steakburgers, and ham croquettes.  Thousands of birthdays were celebrated at Knappís location, due in part to their custom of discounting the food tab by the age of the celebrant.  The market changed, and Knapps didnít, and their stores were all closed by 2002

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Bill Knapp Had a Dream!


Knapp's waitress from a 1969 promotional photo
  Commemorative Plate  
Full Menu   Children's menu
  Map Placemat  
Dessert Menu   Glorified Steakburger
  Birthday Club  
1960s Paper Bib   1970s Plastic Bib
  Yet, another bib...  
  Portage Road Location Below  
Dining Room   Front Counter
  West Main Location Below  
  The West Main Location became Schafer's Flowers for a while  
Bill Knapps commercial from 1993
  Images contributed by Eric Lorey  
Images courtesy of the original Vanished Kalamazoo site





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