Herc's Beef Buffet - Waterford MI

Address: 4444 Highland Rd
City: Waterford
State: MI
Zip: 48328
County: Oakland
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General Information:

The Herc's story is a bit complicated, I'll do my best to unravel it. The brand goes back to Walter Herc in 1946. He opened the first location at Fenkell and Livernois. That was moved to 8 Mile and Evergreen. Then again to Grand River Ave in 1972. He had a son named Bob who was also involved in the business.

There was also a man named Michael Niemen (nee Nemerski). It is stated in his 2014 obituary that he was also involved in Herc's. The Herc named is mentioned but nothing about the founder of Herc's. Mr. Niemen opened the Lion's Den in Waterford which still stands today as of 2023. He is also credited with operating other Sports Bars in the area.

There is a bio on Bob Herc's website for Bob's Carryout in New Hudson (still operating as of 2023 also) who mentions Walter Herc but not Mr. Niemen. Perhaps the relationship was more of a licensing the name type of deal. Or, perhaps the Herc family sold the original chain to Mr. Niemen.

In short, here are/were the locations and the current statuses:

  • Herc's - Detroit - Fenkell & Livernois - gone
  • Herc's - Detroit - 8 Mile & Evergreen - gone
  • Herc's Beef Buffet - Ann Arbor - 4855 Washtenaw - is now Los Amigos as of 2023 but building is same
  • Herc's Beef Buffet - Waterford - 4444 Highland Rd - is now Lion's Den as of 2023
  • Herc's Beef Buffet - Dearborn Heights - 24140 Ford Rd - is now iHop - building might be heavily remodeled version of the original
  • Herc's Beef Buffet - Farmington - 28975 Grand River - was converted to Delphine Bless Soulfood is now Diamond Communication as of 2023
  • Snack Shack - Oak Park - 13630 Eight Mile Rd - now Goldie's gold sales
  • Bob's Carry Out - New Hudson - 56230 Grand River Ave - still operating as of 2023 by Bob Herc

There is also a mention of a Herc's at 345 Washtenaw (misspelled in the source) from a payphone locator site but I am not positive about that. I included it for completeness.

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Hercs Beef Buffet - Lions Den Waterford
Lions Den Waterford
Hercs Beef Buffet - Lions Den Waterford
Lions Den Waterford
Hercs Beef Buffet - Waterford Location - Vintage High School Yearbook Ad
Waterford Location - Vintage High School Yearbook Ad
Hercs Beef Buffet - Bobs Carryout New Hudson
Bobs Carryout New Hudson
Hercs Beef Buffet - Fenkell And Livernois - Not Sure If This Is It
Fenkell And Livernois - Not Sure If This Is It
Hercs Beef Buffet - 8 Mile And Evergreen - Not Sure About This One
8 Mile And Evergreen - Not Sure About This One
Hercs Beef Buffet - Farmington Location
Farmington Location
Hercs Beef Buffet - Farmington Location
Farmington Location
Hercs Beef Buffet - Ann Arbor Location
Ann Arbor Location
Hercs Beef Buffet - Dearborn Location
Dearborn Location
Hercs Beef Buffet - Snack Shack Location Oak Park
Snack Shack Location Oak Park
Hercs Beef Buffet - Vintage High School Yearbook Ad
Vintage High School Yearbook Ad
Hercs Beef Buffet - Vintage High School Yearbook Ad
Vintage High School Yearbook Ad
Hercs Beef Buffet - 1989 Detroit Jewish News Article On Hercs
1989 Detroit Jewish News Article On Hercs
Hercs Beef Buffet - Herc Bio From Bobs Carryout Site
Herc Bio From Bobs Carryout Site
Hercs Beef Buffet - Vintage High School Yearbook Ad
Vintage High School Yearbook Ad
Hercs Beef Buffet - Vintage High School Yearbook Ad
Vintage High School Yearbook Ad
Hercs Beef Buffet - 2014 Obituary For Michael Niemen
2014 Obituary For Michael Niemen
Hercs Beef Buffet - Old Ad From Jewish News
Old Ad From Jewish News
Hercs Beef Buffet - Matchbook
Matchbook
Hercs Beef Buffet - Hercs Corporate Registry
Hercs Corporate Registry
Hercs Beef Buffet - Payphone Locator
Payphone Locator
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