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Restaurant in Niles, Ohio.
The restaurant was located at 9 North Main Street,
between the Antler Hotel and Credit Thrift, and had seating for
70 people, not including those patrons seated at the bar. It was
owned and operated by Kemal and Julia Sisco Yakop
for more than 20 years. Kemal and Julia are behind the bar in
the picture below. Kemal is located on the left, with Julia located
in the middle with her hand on the bottle. In the early fifties,
Kemal had the huge muskie he caught mounted and displayed over
the bar as a conversation piece.
McKinley Restaurant was fondly known for its homecooking and delicious
dinner specials. It was most famously remembered for Julia’s
home-made hot dog sauce, with many folks remembering the Lunch
Special of two chili dogs for twenty-five cents. With those low
prices, it was a common lunch time destination for high school
students who would walk over from the Niles McKinley High School.
In 1948, the McKinley Restaurant housed one
of the first television sets for public viewing in Niles, with
an 18 by 20 inch screen. This attraction drew in large numbers
of customers, all leaving well-fed and well-served. The McKinley
Restaurant continues to be a fondly remembered landmark in downtown
Niles, and probably will be for many years to come.
Story contributed by the Michael Putkovich Family.
As with most downtown buildings in Niles, the
McKinley Restaurant fell under the wrecking ball in 1976 when
urban renewal razed the building