Sunday, September 9, 2012

Car Wash Cafe

Car Wash Cafe
Detroit, Michigan

Part of a mural on E. Jefferson Ave.advertising
the neighboring Car Wash Cafe at Meldrum St.

This quirky enterprise was home to a car wash, an ice cream parlor & cafe, a junk museum and, often hosted music from DJs or bands, and owned by Larry Meeks, whose Harbortown Garage was nearby. Unfortunately, on April 29, 2010 Mr. Meeks suffered a fatal heart attack leaving his faithful fans of funk shocked and dismayed. The place sat vacant until early in 2012 when all vestiges of the cafe were removed. The mural above has since been unceremoneously and insultingly painted Rust-Oleum Red.

Below is how it looked to the Google Street View driver in July, 2009. 

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