1948 : The First Bill Knapp’s Restaurant Opens in Battle Creek

June 21, 2024 all-day
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On July 21, 1948, the first Bill Knapp’s restaurant opened on Capital Avenue in Battle Creek.

Maybe I’m old, but I still remember receiving a free birthday cake on your birthday and a discount equal to your birthday years on your check at the local Bill Knapp’s restaurant!

Bill Knapp’s 6-inch chocolate birthday cakes, officially known as Bill Knapp’s Celebration Cakes, were regarded as one of the chain’s dearest features. Because of the popularity of the cakes, Awrey’s Bakery purchased the rights to make them, following Bill Knapp’s original recipe.   The cakes are available from Awrey’s in-store bakery and at many Kroger Stores as well. Winn-Dixie and Kroger now also carry Bill Knapp’s Chocolate, Nutty, and Glazed Dunkers.

Courtesy of WAKV (Plainwell, MI), The Memory Station

Bill Knapp’s wikipedia entry

Chuck Carlson, “Memories of Bill Knapp’s restaurants live on“, Battle Creek Enquirer, October 30, 2014

Vickki Dozier, “From the Archives: Bill Knapp’s”, Lansing State Journal, June 19, 2015.

Leanne Smith, “Peek Through Time: Creamy chocolate cakes a favorite at Bill Knapp’s restaurants“, MLive, May 18, 2016.

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