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This chain has been a long-time favorite of mine. The food and root beer are amazing. The overall architecture and decor are first rate. Can't think of a drive-in restaurant that looks better. There are 15 or so locations scattered around the country. There are 2 in Michigan, one in Montague and one in Muskegon. When I visited on June 10 2022, it appeared the Montague location had been closed for a time. I am not sure if this is permanent.
Dog n Suds is a midwestern United States chain of hot dog and root beer drive-in style eateries. The chain was started in 1953 and by the 1970s the franchise included over 650 restaurants across 38 states. In 2021, the brand continues to operate at approximately 15 locations and serves hamburgers, french fries and soft drinks.
The first Dog n Suds was opened in 1953 in Champaign, Illinois, by University of Illinois music teachers James Griggs and Don Hamacher. The second restaurant was opened after the owners were paid to build another by a wealthy patron and from there the owners decided to create a franchise. A training center was established in Champaign, named "Rover College" after the dog on the restaurant signage. At its peak in 1968, the chain had about 650 restaurants.
In the early 1970s Griggs sold his interest in the business and a few years later in 1974 the company was sold to Frostie Enterprises who owned the Frostie and Stewart's brands of root beer.
In 1991, the VanDames purchased the Dog n Suds trademark and identity rights. In 2001, they created a new company, TK&C's LLC, to administer licensing rights for the brand.