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  • #16
    Ed George , some friends, and I ate there a few times when we would come out to South Bend. We talked about the story about Egbert eating there. There was pictures from South Bend and Studebaker hanging on the walls inside. They food was pretty good and the staff was very nice there too. I thought I had some pictures but they must be prints. I did find a picture from J.M.'s office of the administration building from the tour in 2007. I noticed the sign in the lot across said toasty shop and you can see the building too. It's a shame it'll be gone.
    John V.
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    • #17
      "But when you're 17, who thinks of what life will be like 50-odd years later, eh"?

      That is the quote of the day, Bob!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Bordeaux Daytona View Post
        Ed George , some friends, and I ate there a few times when we would come out to South Bend. We talked about the story about Egbert eating there. There was pictures from South Bend and Studebaker hanging on the walls inside. They food was pretty good and the staff was very nice there too. I thought I had some pictures but they must be prints. I did find a picture from J.M.'s office of the administration building from the tour in 2007. I noticed the sign in the lot across said toasty shop and you can see the building too. It's a shame it'll be gone.
        John V.
        John; that's an excellent perspective. Thank you for finding and posting that picture.

        To understand this photograph, note the street going from the lower right up to the center of the photo. That is Bronson Street.

        At the center of the photo, note that Bronson Street ends at Michigan Street.

        Michigan Street is one-way at that point, so you would have to turn left from Bronson onto Michigan. You would then immediately go under the railroad tracks to continue north on Michigan.

        Now, if you drove "up" Bronson Street in this photo, toward Michigan, imagine yourself stopping at Michigan and waiting for the light to change so you could turn left and go under the railroad tracks.

        While you were waiting at the light, The Toasty Shop is that single story building immediately to your right. It has kind of a beige brick wall facing Bronson Street with no windows along Bronson. Access to the place and its parking lot are on the other side of the building, unless you stopped short of passing The Toasty Shop and went up that fresh blacktop alley between The Toasty Shop and the larger white building along Bronson.

        This excellent photo, taken from The Studebaker Administration Building, shows you how very close The Toasty Shop was to The Administration Building. It was indeed a short walk from The Adm Bldg to The Toasty Shop for a cup of coffee or lunch, and many Studebaker executives took advantage of that proximity.

        Thanks again, John, for making this so understandable with such an appropriate photo. BP
        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

        Ayn Rand:
        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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        • #19
          It was also a short walk south from the Studebaker dealer, Newman and Altman. Just the other side of the tracks.
          I ate there many times when I worked at Newman and Altman and Avanti Motors back in the 60's and early 70's
          Tom Mills
          Last edited by redbullet; 06-17-2012, 05:50 PM. Reason: add

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          • #20
            Originally posted by redbullet View Post
            It was also a short walk south from the Studebaker dealer, Newman and Altman. Just the other side of the tracks.
            I ate there many times when I worked at Newman and Altman and Avanti Motors back in the 60's and early 70's
            Tom Mills
            Good observation, Tom; thanks.

            Tom is correct: Look at the sliver of street in the picture's foreground, the street going right and left across the bottom of the photograph. You can't see much of it, but it is Main Street.

            If you went to your left on Main Street in the bottom of the photo, you'd immediately go under the railroad tracks. As soon as you went back up from the underpass, Newman-Altman would be on your left...as Tom says, just on the other side of the tracks on Main Street. BP

            We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

            Ayn Rand:
            "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

            G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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            • #21
              That's the transpo bus stop now. It's amazing how close N&A was to Sherman Shaus/Freeman Spicer.
              Chris Dresbach

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              • #22
                New photo from SDCer Bob Dudek:

                We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                Ayn Rand:
                "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                • #23
                  I love this kind of pic!!!!
                  This is what we all need to do in our Studebaker travels.
                  Find that connection to the past, record it, and share it with anyone and everyone.
                  There's a lot of guys smiling down on you for (a) taking that pic, and (b) sharing that pic.
                  As ol' Dave would say... "Good on ya!"
                  Jeff

                  Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel View Post


                  I ate at The Toasty Shop dozens of times. This photo was taken in July 1983 during the Intl meet week (note sign marquee "Studebaker Week...). The car in the foreground is a 1931 model 90 President Eight belonging to Sherm Merchant of New York. The car in the background my '40 Champion Coupe Delivery. The guy posing I thought was a local street person but he informed me that he worked at Studebaker in the styling department (honest!). In any event this is looking southeast in the parking lot. Note the spelling "The Toasty Shop."
                  HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

                  Jeff


                  Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



                  Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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                  • #24
                    I kmow this is an old post but wanted to comment since ii am finnaly back registered on the forum.Many Good Times were had by us at the Toasty ! I read in turning Wheels one year that the Plain Brown Wrapper was going to be displayed ant the old museum and delivered on the day after Thanksgiving. We went to South Bend and met Bob and Georgeat the Toasty by chance,then over to the museum to watch the PBR get put on display after listening to many good stories they shared with us. The weather was mild and no salt on the street so bob asked my son if he wanted a ride in PBR and they took off thru what was left of the the old Stude corridor. I can remember hearing the Wonderful Sound and 2 smiling faces under the train bridge heading towards us. Jr and me will never forget this ! Thanks

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                    • #25
                      Well I have some unfortunate news. As of today (7/9/12) Toasty's is no longer.
                      Chris Dresbach

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