(LaSALLE, ON) – The opening of Detroit’s newest restaurant, oddly enough, gives LaSalle some eatery bragging rights. On July 5, Florida chain Ford’s Garage opened its first northern outpost. With the new restaurant in Dearborn the company might seem to be setting out to reside close to its namesake.
However, its first restaurant opened in the Florida town where Henry Ford and his friend Thomas Edison had winter homes.
The restaurant, which is a Ford trademark licensee, houses a considerable collection of Ford Motor Company memorabilia. One of the most notable artifacts is an antique Ford Model A, elevated from the floor on a common garage hoist.
Such a placement of a décor item is old hat in this area.
For more than eight years, a similar Ford vehicle has been up above ground level at the combined Mac’s Convenience and Subway sandwich shop at the LaSalle Heritage Plaza in LaSalle.
Both the LaSalle Subway and Ford’s Garage give diners the impression they are back in the 1920s, when the vehicles were new and prohibition was all the rage. While Ford’s Garage showcases engines and cars from the era, the Subway/Mac’s adds what can only be described as a view of an illegal still, which adds to the dining rooms ambiance.