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March 26, 2014

Looking Back: The Shores Inn

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Source: Cynthia Bieniek, archivist at the St. Clair Shores Public Library

Roadhouses were popular stops for a meal and a beer in the Village of St. Clair Shores. The Shores Inn on Mack Avenue near Nine Mile Road is shown in this 1940s photograph. You could park in front of the building by just driving off the road. The Shores Inn had one of the first liquor licenses issued in the village. One of the early operators of the Inn was a man named Ernest McCollum.

The State of Michigan went “dry” in 1918, followed by the Volstead Act taking effect in 1920, when alcohol prohibition went into effect across the United States. Many businesses switched to serving soda pop and ice cream on their menus during this time. In 1928, this building housed St. Joan of Arc’s church services while the old wooden church was being built. According to the Shores Inn staff, three generations of one family’s wedding receptions have been held at the Shores Inn. The Kourelis family has owned the restaurant since 1965. If you are eating in the dining room at the Shores Inn, you are seated in the original roadhouse.