Bill Knapp's - Battle Creek MI

Address: Various
City: Battle Creek
State: MI
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County: Calhoun
Number of visits to this page: 1016
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General Information:

Personal recollection: Growing up in Southfield, my family used to go to Bill Knapps near 10 Mile and Evergreen for years. It was a good spot to hit after church. The last time I was there with her many years ago I could see the place wasn't doing too well business-wise. I will use this post to collect information on all of the Michigan Bill Knapp's. I went through Bobby Peacock's list and grabbed all of the street view photos I could based on what is left.

From Wikipedia:

Bill Knapp's was an American family restaurant chain. It was founded by Clinton B. Knapp (March 13, 1907 – October 15, 1974), in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1948. The chain operated in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Indiana, with more than 60 locations at its peak.

Bill Knapp's featured a menu primarily filled with typical family dining items. The menu included a limited breakfast, sandwiches, baskets, and luncheon and dinner plates. A children's menu, featuring meals named for animals, was also offered. Recipes for their fried chicken, bean soup, ham croquettes, vegetable soup, onion rings, au gratin potatoes, and chocolate cakes (later purchased by Awrey Bakeries) were also featured. Locations replenished inventory on a daily basis from the commissary in Battle Creek, Mich. with their own fleet of trucks. Bill Knapp placed great emphasis on the quality and freshness of the food, with added emphasis on preparing the food "from scratch."

The chain changed hands in 1998 and the new management tried to overhaul the image of the restaurants and cater to a younger clientele. This alienated the older demographic who were the core customers of the chain. They tried to go back to the original concept in 2001 but it was too late. The chain filed for bankruptcy in 2002 and closed down. The name lives on as one of the Awrey Baker heirs purchased the rights and sells baked goods under the Bill Knapp's moniker.

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Bill Knapps - From Ann Arbor Public Library
From Ann Arbor Public Library
Bill Knapps - From Ann Arbor Public Library
From Ann Arbor Public Library
Bill Knapps - The Modernized Version
The Modernized Version
Bill Knapps - Adrian - 2584 S Main St
Adrian - 2584 S Main St
Bill Knapps - Ann Arbor - 2370 Carpenter Rd
Ann Arbor - 2370 Carpenter Rd
Bill Knapps - Ann Arbor - 2501 Jackson Rd
Ann Arbor - 2501 Jackson Rd
Bill Knapps - Bay City - 2865 Wilder Rd
Bay City - 2865 Wilder Rd
Bill Knapps - Benton Harbor - 2680 M-139 1982
Benton Harbor - 2680 M-139 1982
Bill Knapps - Benton Harbor - 2680 M-139
Benton Harbor - 2680 M-139
Bill Knapps - Coldwater - 740 E Chicago Rd
Coldwater - 740 E Chicago Rd
Bill Knapps - Farmington - 36650 Grand River Ave
Farmington - 36650 Grand River Ave
Bill Knapps - Farmington Hills - 27925 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills - 27925 Orchard Lake Rd
Bill Knapps - Flint - 1871 S Dort Hwy
Flint - 1871 S Dort Hwy
Bill Knapps - Grand Rapids - 3100 Plainfield Ave Ne
Grand Rapids - 3100 Plainfield Ave Ne
Bill Knapps - Grand Rapids - 825 28Th St
Grand Rapids - 825 28Th St
Bill Knapps - Grandville - 636 E 24Th St
Grandville - 636 E 24Th St
Bill Knapps - Jackson - 2100 Bondsteel Dr
Jackson - 2100 Bondsteel Dr
Bill Knapps - Jacskon - 2115 Holiday Inn Dr
Jacskon - 2115 Holiday Inn Dr
Bill Knapps - Kalamazoo - 4315 W Main St
Kalamazoo - 4315 W Main St
Bill Knapps - Lansing - 5010 W Saginaw Hwy
Lansing - 5010 W Saginaw Hwy
Bill Knapps - Lansing - 6405 S Cedar St
Lansing - 6405 S Cedar St
Bill Knapps - Lapeer - 282 S Main St
Lapeer - 282 S Main St
Bill Knapps - Livonia - 16995 S Laurel Park Dr 1985
Livonia - 16995 S Laurel Park Dr 1985
Bill Knapps - Livonia - 16995 S Laurel Park Dr
Livonia - 16995 S Laurel Park Dr
Bill Knapps - Livonia - 32955 Plymouth Rd
Livonia - 32955 Plymouth Rd
Bill Knapps - Muskegon - 1679 E Sherman Blvd
Muskegon - 1679 E Sherman Blvd
Bill Knapps - Muskegon - 525 W Norton Ave
Muskegon - 525 W Norton Ave
Bill Knapps - Portage - 5135 Portage Rd
Portage - 5135 Portage Rd
Bill Knapps - Roseville - 20300 E 13 Mile Rd
Roseville - 20300 E 13 Mile Rd
Bill Knapps - Shelby Twp Michigan - 50985 Hayes Rd
Shelby Twp Michigan - 50985 Hayes Rd
Bill Knapps - Southfield - 24580 Evergreen Rd
Southfield - 24580 Evergreen Rd
Bill Knapps - Southgate - 15750 Northline Rd
Southgate - 15750 Northline Rd
Bill Knapps - Sterling Heights - 12300 Hall Rd
Sterling Heights - 12300 Hall Rd
Bill Knapps - Troy - 2078 E Big Beaver R
Troy - 2078 E Big Beaver R
Bill Knapps - Warren - 5365 12 Mile Rd
Warren - 5365 12 Mile Rd
Bill Knapps - Westland - 36601 Warren Rd
Westland - 36601 Warren Rd
Bill Knapps - Woodhaven - 21000 Allen Rd 1985
Woodhaven - 21000 Allen Rd 1985
Bill Knapps - Woodhaven - 21000 Allen Rd
Woodhaven - 21000 Allen Rd
Bill Knapps - Wyoming - 777 54Th St Sw
Wyoming - 777 54Th St Sw
Bill Knapps - Bill Knapp Commisary Battle Creek
Bill Knapp Commisary Battle Creek
Bill Knapps - Old Post Card
Old Post Card
Bill Knapps - Old Menu Photo
Old Menu Photo
Bill Knapps - Old Menu
Old Menu
Bill Knapps - Feb 18 1973 Article
Feb 18 1973 Article
Bill Knapps - Feb 23 1992 Article
Feb 23 1992 Article
Bill Knapps - Jun 24 1973 Feature Article
Jun 24 1973 Feature Article
Bill Knapps - June 1978 Ad
June 1978 Ad
Bill Knapps - Nov 28 2021 Article
Nov 28 2021 Article
Bill Knapps - Old Matchbook Cover
Old Matchbook Cover
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