The Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio

Three years ago, I finally found myself at the Kewpee Hamburgers location in Downtown Lima, Ohio. It was an out-of-body experience for me.

Kewpee Hotel Hamburgs was founded in Flint, Michigan in 1923. The chain fractured into separate burger joints, including Halo Burger in Flint.

Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio
Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio

White Castle is the only older burger chain still operating. There are three Kewpee restaurant locations in Lima, Ohio: Downtown, East, and West.

One last important fact is that Dave Thomas grew up eating at Kewpee Hamburgers, which inspired Wendy’s.

It had been a long wait, but I was finally able to visit and eat at the original downtown restaurant. When it was time to figure out where I’d be signing copies of my book All About the Burger, I knew that a stop at Kewpee in Lima was mandatory.

I wouldn’t take no for an answer. Lucky for me, they said yes.

Kewpee Hamburgers Lima Menu
Kewpee Hamburgers Menu

But before the signing, it was time for lunch!

Waiting in Line at Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio
Waiting To Order
Menu Board at Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio
Menu Board

Kewpee Burgers, Pies and Malts

Our Pre-Signing Meal at Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio
Our Pre-Book Signing Meal

I got to enjoy another one of those delectable double cheeseburgers with onions, pickles, and yellow mustard, while Marcela went with lettuce, tomato, ketchup, and mustard on hers.

Marcela's Single Cheeseburger at Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio
Marcela‘s Single Cheeseburger
I Love These Kewpee Hamburger Wrappers
I Love These Kewpee Hamburger Wrappers
Double Cheeseburger from Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio
My Double Cheeseburger

For some reason, we did not take pictures of the chili or the French fries. But we did make sure to capture the Very Berry Pie that Marcela enjoyed and the Frosted Malt, which was exactly what I needed.

Very Berry Pie from Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio
Very Berry Pie
Small Frosted Malt from Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio
Small Frosted Malt

Kewpee HamburgerEast
1350 Bellefontaine Avenue
Lima, OH 45804
(419) 229-1385

Website – https://www.kewpeehamburgers.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kewpee.hamburgers
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kewpee.lima

Monday 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

Book Signing at Kewpee Hamburgers East

Burger Beast Signing All About the Burger Book at Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio
Burger Beast Signing All About the Burger Book

I signed a bunch of books, hung out with them, and talked about Kewpee’s history with Scott Shutt, VP of Kewpee Hamburgers. Later, I appeared on a local TV station that covered the event.

Burger Beast on Local TV at Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio
Burger Beast on Local TV
Kewpee History Poster
Burger Beast and Kewpee Hamburgers Vice President Scott Shutt
Burger Beast and Kewpee Hamburgers Vice President Scott Shutt
Life Size Kewpee Statue at Kewpee Hamburgers East in Lima, Ohio
Life Size Kewpee Statue

It was an awesome day, if you ask me, and true to their catchphrase, my heart went flippity-flop.

Thank you to Scott Schutt and everyone at Kewpee Hamburgers for treating Marcela and me like kings.

Kewpee Collection

Here are pictures of my Kewpee collection that were on display at the now-closed Burger Museum.

Kewpee Hotel Hamburgs Plates, Cups and Paper Bags at the Burger Museum
Kewpee Hotel Hamburgs Plates, Cups, Menus and Paper Bags
Kewpee Hotel Hamburgs Mug, Ashtray and Matchbooks at the Burger Museum
Kewpee Mug, Ashtray, and Matchbooks

Leave a Comment