Garnering a name that many locals and visitors hold near and dear to their hearts, Checker Bar has taken a vast popularity through the years as a Detroit staple. Having been around since 1954, the Monroe family started this local icon, and it simply took on a life of its own as time passed. Known for the family oriented atmosphere paired with the top notch food, the downtown staple is known as a go-to no matter the instance. After moving across the street to the current location in 1979, Checker Bar has stood the test of time, and the longstanding efforts of the Monroeís have surely not been forgotten. The location is simply a cornerstone, and that is what makes it so special, making it a prime choice while in Detroit. Three years ago current owners David and Tim took on this Detroit powerhouse, and in doing so, have elevated the already quality experience. Their main focus was to maintain the history and the nostalgia that the Monroeís have built and they have hit the nail on the head in doing so. David had been a customer for years, and he knew the Monroeís wanted to keep the the classic authenticity they have maintained through the years, and he did just that. Keeping it a classic burger bar with something for everyone, while also providing a comfortable atmosphere with a qualitative wait staff.Offering everything from burgers to hot dogs, to salads, Checker Bar is always bringing the best of the best to the forefront. Providing something for everyone to indulge in has created a space that is consistently popular in an area that is otherwise mostly corporate. The events bring it all together, implementing an old school arcade style into the restaurant for guests to enjoy. Once a month they hold an arcade night, completely removing tables and chairs and bringing in dozens of vintage games for everyone to enjoy. What truly makes them special is the nostalgic vibe they bring to the table, and that is what makes them a must while visiting the area.
124 Cadillac Sq.
Detroit, MI 48226