Dwarf Restaurant and Tate Motel – Really Found

I posted this topic earlier and it turns out I was wrong. Mark said he thought the Dwarf was at the corner of Merchants and Clinton Highway. That seemed wrong to me because that building looks nothing like the postcard. A reader on the Swank Forums did the research and it turns out that is one of the locations. It has been very heavily renovated!

Dwarf at Merchants


Dwarf 1 now

Here is the building now.

The poster also gave me an address for the other Dwarf Restaurant on Clinton Highway and a look at Google maps and I knew it was correct. I also recalled the buildings, as I pass the daily and it was all coming together. The address I had on the postcard was just plain wrong and sent me on a wild goose chase.


Here you see on the left, the Dwarf building and right of center, the Tate Motel office building and the cleared lot where the motel rooms were. Luckily, Google maps uses older images so this is pre-junk yard.

Dwarf Tate

Here is the best image showing the two buildings in their prime. This is in the mid-1950s and it appears the Tate did not have the office building yet. You gotta love the sign!

SignWhy a dwarf? It predates that Travelocity thing by a few decades.


dwarf tate 2Here is a later image of the Tate Motel and it looks like the restaurant is no longer the Dwarf. Also note the office building is there.

TateAnd here is a postcard of just the Tate Motel with no office. Look at the size of the trees to see this is an early image.

Tate linen

Here is a very early linen card. The roof sign attracted barn-stormers.


“Chicken in the basket” is a take off of the popular “Chicken in the Rough.”


Dwarf and Tate now

Here it is today. The Dwarf and the Tate. I didn’t bother (or dare) poke around for remnants of the past. Not much to find I am sure and they would not welcome me.