Photo provided by the St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

Looking Back: The Blue Goose Inn in St. Clair Shores

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published August 23, 2023


ST. CLAIR SHORES — Records from the city of St. Clair Shores list the Blue Goose Inn building as having been built in 1925. The 28911 Jefferson Avenue address is listed in the 1938 Liquor Control Commission record and city records as “The Oasis Café.” The Café was sold by Clarence W. Shearer and renamed as the Blue Goose Inn. The city described it as a “Beer Garden.”

The photo seen here is from the 1940s. It was part of a real estate advertisement, listing the building for sale. The information from the listing said the building was built about 1900. It was described as a tavern “in continuous operation for upwards of forty years” with a second floor living space of five rooms.

The Blue Goose Inn was owned by Robert and Gloria Chambers from about 1985 to 2021. In 2021, it was sold and closed for renovations.

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— Submitted by Heidi Christein, archivist, St. Clair Shores Public Library