Thrift Item of the Moment

July 3, 2007

Restaurant China

Mr. Mike’s serving plate

This restaurant serving plate was my best garage sale find of the weekend – just 50¢. Mr. Mike’s was a steakhouse chain that had 69 locations in Western Canada at the height of its success. It fell on hard times in the 1980s and was sold in 1995. Today there are only 9 locations left in Alberta and B.C. with a few more announced. The new owners “rebranded” the restaurants and they have a different, less exuberant logo. My interest in the plate is not nostalgia but vanity – my name is Mike and some of my friends do indeed call me “Mr. Mike”.

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