Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Harrison Township MI

Address: 32760 S River Rd
City: Harrison Township
State: MI
Zip: 48045
County: Macomb
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There was a Blue Boat bar on 8 mile in Detroit in the 1930's. Was this place named after it in the 1940's? I don't know. The Blue Boat was going in the 40's and lasted until 1982. My impression is it was more on the rustic side. Candles opened in the same location after that. They went along pretty well until the place was eventually converted to a Tom's Oyster Bar.

That didn't last as long as it was Bayview Barge by 1999. That also closed a few years later. Recently, the place was purchased in October 2022. It appears it has undergone some renovations over the years and honestly the building looks sound. The parking lot has a small drainage issue which could be resolved so we will see what opens up. It's got a great setting right on the water but there is lots of competition along that stretch.

I was a bit unsure if the building pictured was in fact the place. There is no official address associated with it as of 2022 as it has been closed for some time. Google Maps will take you to the end of this street on the water. The reason I believe it is correct is MapQuest, whose listings are sometimes out of date (which is GOOD for me), points that address to Bayview Barge and the location is the parking lot for this building.

The addresses on either side would point to it being 32760 also. I will go with it for now. I would assume where the chimney stands is the back room pictured in the Candles feature article. You can sort of make out a fireplace on the side wall. The back of the place would be mostly windows on the water side.

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Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - 2019 Street View
2019 Street View
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - 2019 Street View
2019 Street View
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - 2019 Street View
2019 Street View
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - 2019 Street View
2019 Street View
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - 2012 Improvements Being Done
2012 Improvements Being Done
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Oct 1945 Early Mention As Blue Boat Inn
Oct 1945 Early Mention As Blue Boat Inn
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Sep 1936 - 8 Mile Location - Same Name
Sep 1936 - 8 Mile Location - Same Name
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - 1997 Help Wanted For Blue Boat
1997 Help Wanted For Blue Boat
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Oct 1945 Blue Boat Ad
Oct 1945 Blue Boat Ad
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Candles Name Article June 1983
Candles Name Article June 1983
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Aug 1981 Drowning Near Dock
Aug 1981 Drowning Near Dock
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Nov 1983 Lawsuit Against Blue Boat Fails
Nov 1983 Lawsuit Against Blue Boat Fails
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Aug 1985 Feature Article On Candles
Aug 1985 Feature Article On Candles
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Aug 1997 Toms Oyster Bar
Aug 1997 Toms Oyster Bar
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Aug 1999 Bayview Barge Opening
Aug 1999 Bayview Barge Opening
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Nov 2002 Bay View Barge
Nov 2002 Bay View Barge
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Aug 2 2000 Bayview Barge Review
Aug 2 2000 Bayview Barge Review
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Ice Motorcycle Race At Blue Boat 1965
Ice Motorcycle Race At Blue Boat 1965
Candles (Blue Boat Inn) - Google Maps Addresses
Google Maps Addresses
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