Question markOne of the readers of this blog posed a question this week, asking about a restaurant that was on Algonquin Road in Schaumburg in the late 1970s.

He was a young Motorola interviewee at the time and his future boss took him to a family type of restaurant on Algonquin Road that was between Meacham and Route 53.  It was on the north side of Algonquin and, to the best of his recall, was between Lancer’s at 1450 E. Algonquin and the Frankly Yours West Hot Dog stand at 1580 E. Algonquin.

I looked in the 1982 phone book that was donated to our library and is the closest we have to that time period.  I tracked all of the restaurants in the yellow pages and the only ones that came up were Lancer’s, La Margarita at 1626 E. Algonquin and Magas at 1941 E. Algonquin.  We can pretty much discount all of these since one has been mentioned, another is a Mexican restaurant and the other is on the wrong side of the road.

The reader suspects it was possibly near today’s Wendy’s, if not actually on that site.  Wendy’s address is 1530 E. Algonquin which is pretty darned close.

What are we missing?  If you have a possible answer, please put in a comment or send me a quick email.  I’ll be happy to post an answer!

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


  1. Kassie Says:

    Brass Kettle? Their address was 1550 E. Algonquin. I looked on for restaurant want ads and this seems to be the closest to the Wendy’s address.

    • jrozek Says:

      Bingo, Kassie! The commenter indeed said that was it. He had initially suggested the Kopper Kettle but we found nothing under that so he was close. Thank you so much for your research assistance!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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