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Chicken Charlie’s Menu

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: RH-A-4395

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one menu. The menu lists different meals, along with pricing off to the side in the same font as on the front. The back of the menu displays information about the sandwiches, soups, and drinks that the restaurant offers.


  • Creation: approximately 1960


Biographical / Historical

Chicken Charlie’s was a steak and chicken restaurant, part of a chain of Schwartz’s restaurants, which used to have a location in Kalamazoo, at 3124 S. Westnedge. While the restaurant didn’t show up in city directories until around 1934, under Chick Anna, the Kalamazoo gazette was running ads for hiring staff since 1928. The franchise was started and ran by Charlie Schwartz until his retirement in 1986. Four years later, in December of 1990, Chicken Charlie’s declared bankruptcy and was sold to Steven Montayne, who renovated the site into a Damon’s franchise.

Other than serving as a restaurant, Chicken Charlie’s was also used as a meeting place for community clubs and organizations, like the Kalamazoo Heating and Cooling Association, and the South Rotary Club.


1 Sheets ; When folded, the pinkish menu is 6 ½" x 10". Unfolded, the menu is 13” x 10".

Language of Materials



The collection is composed of one menu for a restaurant called “Chicken Charlie’s” that was located at 3124 S. Westnedge in Kalamazoo around the 1940s to the 1980s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sharon Carlson, retired director of the Archives.

Physical Description

When folded, the pinkish menu is 6 ½ “x 10”. Unfolded, the menu is 13” x 10”. The restaurant’s name and address are printed on the front in dark, thick lettering.

The menu is in good condition, although it has a crease directly down the middle, horizontally, as if it was folded in half. All of the writing is legible, though there are a few spots of stains or discoloration, especially on the back of the menu in the form of a couple of faded spots.

Chicken Charlie’s Menu Finding Aid
Meena Jacobs; Mallory Heslinger
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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