This is the original Wade's Hamburgers which was located next door to Hatfield Hardware|
Hatfield's Hardware can be seen in the background
This structure no longer exists
In 1953, Hatfield's took the business over as Hatfield's sandwich shop
In 1953, Mr Goff Wade moved to new building at 1702 Mitchell and it became Wade's Indian Grill
Wade's remained in business well into the 1960s when it was razed and closed down
It is one of St Joseph's most missed restaurants
Wade's Indian Grill, one of the most unique eating establishments in St Joseph, was located at 1702 Mitchell until it closed sometime between 1964-1965
A hand carved & hand painted totem pole was located on the east side of the building. It was installed in August 1955 - see photo #2 for details.
Glenn Frederick Eiman managed Wade's until his passing in 1960. The assisant manager, Gene Borowski, became the new manager and managed it until Wade's closed (exact date unknown)
Their famous WAHOO! burger & WAHOO! chili bowl was delicious. They also had the best tenderloin sandwich and best chili in town. (many would love to have the chili recipe)
I remember ordering my first brain sandwich there, it was 25 cents and delicious until looking at what I was eating,
I could not finish it and I never ordered another one since.
The Wade's Special was a bowl of chili, french fries and a big mug of ice cold root beer
The owner, Mr Liggett, asked Gene Borowski if he wanted to purchase the business. The deal never went through so Mr Liggett had the building bulldozed down
Wade's Indian Grill had an absolutely beautiful western decor inside. There was a large, hand carved wood placard,
about 4'x5' in size, depicting the Battle of Big Horn where Custer met his Waterloo, located on the north wall
to the right of the entrance when you entered the building
There was a high shelf which went all the way around the inside walls. On the shelf were hand carved statues of all the old west Famous People, Outlaws, lawmen, etc.
There were no tables or booths, there was only a large curved bar with stools
It also had two pinball machines and a jukebox. The building was razed sometime around 1964-1965, the huge totem pole remained for years. Not pictured, the totem pole was located at the east side of the building.
Several businesses have since occupied the space since Wade's was there. It is my understanding that the totem
pole was submitted to Camp Geiger
Some of the above information was provide by Robert [Bob] Kiefer who worked at Wades, from the late 1950s to 1962