Bill Knapp's - Battle Creek MI

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City: Battle Creek
State: MI
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County: Calhoun
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Personal recollection: Growing up in Southfield, my family used to go to Bill Knapps near 10 Mile and Evergreen for years. It was a good spot to hit after church. The last time I was there with her many years ago I could see the place wasn't doing too well business-wise. I will use this post to collect information on all of the Michigan Bill Knapp's. I went through Bobby Peacock's list and grabbed all of the street view photos I could based on what is left.

From Wikipedia:

Bill Knapp's was an American family restaurant chain. It was founded by Clinton B. Knapp (March 13, 1907 – October 15, 1974), in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1948. The chain operated in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Indiana, with more than 60 locations at its peak.

Bill Knapp's featured a menu primarily filled with typical family dining items. The menu included a limited breakfast, sandwiches, baskets, and luncheon and dinner plates. A children's menu, featuring meals named for animals, was also offered. Recipes for their fried chicken, bean soup, ham croquettes, vegetable soup, onion rings, au gratin potatoes, and chocolate cakes (later purchased by Awrey Bakeries) were also featured. Locations replenished inventory on a daily basis from the commissary in Battle Creek, Mich. with their own fleet of trucks. Bill Knapp placed great emphasis on the quality and freshness of the food, with added emphasis on preparing the food "from scratch."

The chain changed hands in 1998 and the new management tried to overhaul the image of the restaurants and cater to a younger clientele. This alienated the older demographic who were the core customers of the chain. They tried to go back to the original concept in 2001 but it was too late. The chain filed for bankruptcy in 2002 and closed down. The name lives on as one of the Awrey Baker heirs purchased the rights and sells baked goods under the Bill Knapp's moniker.

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Bill Knapps - From Ann Arbor Public Library
From Ann Arbor Public Library
Bill Knapps - From Ann Arbor Public Library
From Ann Arbor Public Library
Bill Knapps - The Modernized Version
The Modernized Version
Bill Knapps - Adrian - 2584 S Main St (newer photo)
Adrian - 2584 S Main St (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Ann Arbor - 2370 Carpenter Rd (newer photo)
Ann Arbor - 2370 Carpenter Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Ann Arbor - 2501 Jackson Rd (newer photo)
Ann Arbor - 2501 Jackson Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Bay City - 2865 Wilder Rd (newer photo)
Bay City - 2865 Wilder Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Benton Harbor - 2680 M-139 1982 (newer photo)
Benton Harbor - 2680 M-139 1982 (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Benton Harbor - 2680 M-139 (newer photo)
Benton Harbor - 2680 M-139 (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Coldwater - 740 E Chicago Rd (newer photo)
Coldwater - 740 E Chicago Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Farmington - 36650 Grand River Ave (newer photo)
Farmington - 36650 Grand River Ave (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Farmington Hills - 27925 Orchard Lake Rd (newer photo)
Farmington Hills - 27925 Orchard Lake Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Flint - 1871 S Dort Hwy (newer photo)
Flint - 1871 S Dort Hwy (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Grand Rapids - 3100 Plainfield Ave Ne (newer photo)
Grand Rapids - 3100 Plainfield Ave Ne (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Grand Rapids - 825 28Th St (newer photo)
Grand Rapids - 825 28Th St (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Grandville - 636 E 24Th St (newer photo)
Grandville - 636 E 24Th St (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Jackson - 2100 Bondsteel Dr (newer photo)
Jackson - 2100 Bondsteel Dr (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Jacskon - 2115 Holiday Inn Dr (newer photo)
Jacskon - 2115 Holiday Inn Dr (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Kalamazoo - 4315 W Main St (newer photo)
Kalamazoo - 4315 W Main St (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Lansing - 5010 W Saginaw Hwy (newer photo)
Lansing - 5010 W Saginaw Hwy (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Lansing - 6405 S Cedar St (newer photo)
Lansing - 6405 S Cedar St (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Lapeer - 282 S Main St (newer photo)
Lapeer - 282 S Main St (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Livonia - 16995 S Laurel Park Dr 1985 (newer photo)
Livonia - 16995 S Laurel Park Dr 1985 (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Livonia - 16995 S Laurel Park Dr (newer photo)
Livonia - 16995 S Laurel Park Dr (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Livonia - 32955 Plymouth Rd (newer photo)
Livonia - 32955 Plymouth Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Muskegon - 1679 E Sherman Blvd (newer photo)
Muskegon - 1679 E Sherman Blvd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Muskegon - 525 W Norton Ave (newer photo)
Muskegon - 525 W Norton Ave (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Portage - 5135 Portage Rd (newer photo)
Portage - 5135 Portage Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Roseville - 20300 E 13 Mile Rd (newer photo)
Roseville - 20300 E 13 Mile Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Shelby Twp Michigan - 50985 Hayes Rd (newer photo)
Shelby Twp Michigan - 50985 Hayes Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Southfield - 24580 Evergreen Rd (newer photo)
Southfield - 24580 Evergreen Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Southgate - 15750 Northline Rd (newer photo)
Southgate - 15750 Northline Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Sterling Heights - 12300 Hall Rd (newer photo)
Sterling Heights - 12300 Hall Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Troy - 2078 E Big Beaver R (newer photo)
Troy - 2078 E Big Beaver R (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Warren - 5365 12 Mile Rd (newer photo)
Warren - 5365 12 Mile Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Westland - 36601 Warren Rd (newer photo)
Westland - 36601 Warren Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Woodhaven - 21000 Allen Rd 1985 (newer photo)
Woodhaven - 21000 Allen Rd 1985 (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Woodhaven - 21000 Allen Rd (newer photo)
Woodhaven - 21000 Allen Rd (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Wyoming - 777 54Th St Sw (newer photo)
Wyoming - 777 54Th St Sw (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Bill Knapp Commisary Battle Creek (newer photo)
Bill Knapp Commisary Battle Creek (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Old Post Card
Old Post Card
Bill Knapps - Old Menu Photo
Old Menu Photo
Bill Knapps - Old Menu
Old Menu
Bill Knapps - Feb 18 1973 Article (newer photo)
Feb 18 1973 Article (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Feb 23 1992 Article (newer photo)
Feb 23 1992 Article (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Jun 24 1973 Feature Article (newer photo)
Jun 24 1973 Feature Article (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - June 1978 Ad (newer photo)
June 1978 Ad (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Nov 28 2021 Article (newer photo)
Nov 28 2021 Article (newer photo)
Bill Knapps - Old Matchbook Cover
Old Matchbook Cover
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