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Happy Meals: 1943

Happy Meals: 1943

September 1943. "Restaurant sign on the bus route through Indiana to Chicago." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.


Got a last minute lunch

I ate here back in 1993 on my way up to Chicago. Turns out it was sold the following year. As far as I know, it was not re-opened, and I think the building is gone now.

Been there, done that!

I grew up not far from Kentland, and our family ate at the Nu-Joy a few times. Glad to see someplace I've been on Shorpy!

Been there

I drove through Kentland many times on a weekly commute down US-41 from Chicago to Terre Haute.

The Nu Joy Restaurant appears to still be there

[That page is for the corporate entity, not the restaurant, which it lists as "dissolved." The Web is full of these clickbait pages of ancient business records for long-defunct companies. - Dave]

Kentland, Indiana

Nu-Joy Restaurant, Gas Station, & Greyhound Bus Station

Kentland, Indiana

A photo of the entire restaurant (entitled NU-JOY RESTAURANT, GREYHOUND BUS STOP, KENTLAND, INDIANA) courtesy of the Allen County Public Library. Kentland is in the northwest quadrant of Indiana, but not in Allen County. I believe that library (in Ft. Wayne) is known to have excellent historical reference department.

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