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Elbow Room

1968 South Division Ave. (early 60’s) moved to 2143 South Division Ave. (March 1965) Grand Rapids. Originally on the East side of Division just South and next to the 4 Star Theater in the early 60s but was moved to the opposite side of the street at 2143 South Division.

  • Proprietor – Edward Sayen aka “Hap Sans”
  • Day Manager – Dick Sayen
  • Night Manager – Dorothy Ampulski
  • Night Bartenders – Ron and Norm
  • Waitresses – Beverly, Toni, Marge, Maureen and Judy

When the Elbow Room was on Division it was first just North of Burton on the east side of the street then it moved down between Kirtland and Sutton on the west side of Division (late 1965 c.) Hap Sans sold it to Danny Jones and he changed the name to Danny J’s. I have the wagon wheels that hung above the bandstand when it was The Elbow Room. Danny Jones gave them to me when he remodeled.  Patrick Healy

Before it was the Top Value Stamp Outlet Redemption place it was Walter’s Sport Shop. Hap Sans was the original owner of the Elbow Room.

The 1983 Polk’s City Directory has 2143 South Division listed as the Golden Eight Ball Billiards – billiard room equipment and supplies.

Me and Dem Guys and other popular bands of the 60’s played there regularly.

Elbow Room - 1968 S. Division - January 8, 1960 Grand Rapids Press

Elbow Room – 1968 S. Division Ave. – January 8, 1960 Grand Rapids Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Elbow Room Glass from Grand Opening

The Elbow Room Glass from Grand Opening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elbow Room Glass from Grand Opening

Elbow Room Glass from Grand Opening

 

 

1st Elbow Room - Eschelon's Ad 1965 S. Division Ave.

1st Elbow Room – Eschelon’s Ad 1968 S. Division Ave.

 

Elbow Room Grand Opening - March 13, 1965 Grand Rapids 2143 S. Division

Elbow Room Grand Opening – March 13, 1965 Grand Rapids 2143 S. Division

Elbow Room 2143 S. Division now Casa Del Rey

Elbow Room 2143 S. Division now Casa Del Rey

 

 

 

 

 

Original Elbow Room, 2143 S. Division from 40 years ago, now Casa Del Rey a church

Original Elbow Room, 2143 S. Division from 40 years ago, now Casa Del Rey a church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Elbow Room Ad 1963

The Elbow Room Ad 1963

 

One Response to Elbow Room

  1. Emil Butler says:

    What a great find on the net! When I was in the Navy aboard a ship in Norfolk about 1962, a shipmate of mine from Michigan asked for help. It seems that a buddy of his back home was a guitar player who was with a group currently playing at the Elbow Room. The musician (not sure of his name, but I think “Denny”) had broken his hand. The group manager needed a fill-in player to finish out the engagement. He asked me for help, and I jumped at the chance. I went to Grand Rapids and played the remaining nights with the group. Turns out, the disabled musician and I were about the same size, so I was able to wear his band “costume.” I had a ball! During the first night, a lady came up and asked me to sing “Scotch and Soda.” At first, I told her I could not sing, but one of the band guys said I should do whatever the patrons asked. I did my rendition of the song and got a great applause, so I guess it wasn’t too bad. I am originally from NC, so I got some requests to do some “southern” songs. I remember playing “Wildwood Flower” for them, which was warmly received. The folks there were great to me, and I had some of the best times of my life. I don’t remember the name of the group, but they were a great bunch of guys. I will always fondly remember the Elbow Room and wonderful folks I met there.

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