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Short's Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - Coldwater MI

Address: 378 W Chicago St
City: Coldwater
State: MI
Zip: 49036
County: Branch
Number of visits to this page: 2850
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General Information:

The Coldwater B-K Drive-In (now Short's) location has been around since 1959. It was operated by Lee H Witmyer from then until 1980 when it was sold. It was at that point I believe it changed to Allens. It is now Short's. It is a seasonal operation and is normally closed during the winter months. It is about a mile East of the Capri Drive-In Theater. The Short family also operates a small store on the chain of lakes. This B-K was originally at 24 Grand St. Today, that lot has a building on it that is a stone faced drive-thru for a bank. I have also added an article about B-K being taken over by Tastee-Freez International in 1983.

Update January 28 2023: I have added the B&K in Tecumseh on 1300 W Chicago Rd here to document that location also. In addition, I have added an ad for what I believe is the location in St. Joseph MI which would seem to be across the street from the Auto Theatre in St. Joseph. The ad indicates it was on the corner of Glenlord and US-12 which I assume is now Red Arrow Hwy. If I am wrong, please let me know.

Update May 28 2023 - David Hosticka (Owner of Dog n Suds in Montague and Muskegon): There was a B-K in Muskegon Michigan, on Laketon Ave near Getty Street. There was another one in Pentwater, on the main drag (its a small town).

List of B-K locations found so far:

  • Benton Harbor - 400 S Fair St
  • Coldwater - Grand Ave and Marshall St moved to 378 W Chicago St
  • Muskegon - Laketon Ave
  • Pentwater - Hancock St?
  • St. Joseph - Red Arrow Hwy near Glenlord
  • Tecumseh - 1300 W Chicago Rd
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    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - B-K Outlet On 24 Division
    B-K Outlet On 24 Division
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 2022 Street View
    2022 Street View
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 2022 Street View
    2022 Street View
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 2003 Photo
    2003 Photo
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 2003 Photo
    2003 Photo
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 2003 Photo
    2003 Photo
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 2003 Photo
    2003 Photo
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - As Shorts Drive-In
    As Shorts Drive-In
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 1960 Ad For Bank Which May Have Used B-K Bldg
    1960 Ad For Bank Which May Have Used B-K Bldg
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 1961 Ad For Bank Which May Have Used B-K Bldg
    1961 Ad For Bank Which May Have Used B-K Bldg
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - Tecumseh - Rustys B-K 1300 W Chicago Blvd
    Tecumseh - Rustys B-K 1300 W Chicago Blvd
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 1960S Coldwater Yearbook Ad
    1960S Coldwater Yearbook Ad
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - Benton Harbor - 400 S Fair St
    Benton Harbor - 400 S Fair St
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - Benton Harbor - 400 S Fair St
    Benton Harbor - 400 S Fair St
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 1958 Aerial Of Original Grand St Location Of B-K
    1958 Aerial Of Original Grand St Location Of B-K
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 2019 Street View Of Original Location Of B-K At Grand And Us-27
    2019 Street View Of Original Location Of B-K At Grand And Us-27
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - 2022 Aerial Of Original Grand St Location Of B-K
    2022 Aerial Of Original Grand St Location Of B-K
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - Apr 26 2010 Article For Allens
    Apr 26 2010 Article For Allens
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - Jan 1997 Ad
    Jan 1997 Ad
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - Jul 1957 Ad
    Jul 1957 Ad
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - Jul 1973 Pentwater Location For Sale
    Jul 1973 Pentwater Location For Sale
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - May 1955 Ad For St Joseph And Aerial Photo
    May 1955 Ad For St Joseph And Aerial Photo
    Shorts Drive-In (B&K Root Beer, Allens Root Beer, B-K Root Beer, BK Root Beer) - Nov 3 1983 Article About Tastee-Freez Taking Over B-K
    Nov 3 1983 Article About Tastee-Freez Taking Over B-K
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