Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Old Harlo Grill in Melrose Park, Illinois, is another 1950s diner structure lost to progress?

The Harlo Grill at 2300 West North Avenue in Melrose Park open in 1953. The great American diner is already on the endangered species list and Harlow's was on a new strip-malls radar.
The counter wrapped around the open kitchen and was the only available seating. You can overhear people ordering "the usual," so you knew right away that they were a regular.
This place was a no-frills, open 24 hours a day diner that catered to the blue-collar working-class community, 3rd-shift workers, as well as the weekend after-the-bars-close crowd.
Breakfast... done right, just how you like it, great burgers, good coffee, and malts & milkshakes to die for. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or late-night is the perfect time for their double-cheeseburger, two beef patties, cheese, salt, and pepper — you pick toppings and condiments — simply delicious.
Harlow's is still open for business but in a shiny new building. I'm glad we have some awesome pictures of the original sign and restaurant.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.


  1. That was my house behind Harlo Grill . Watched them build it. Used the land as our garden before they built it . Then came Tony's Shell Station, then Mel-Park drugs .

  2. They have moved to where Rockies Beef stand was years ago, sign and all. I was there recently and the breakfast tastes exactly the same as it did 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago and yes I was going there that long.

  3. My father, Jeff Lollar owned the Harlo Grill from 1962-2005. My Dad and Betty both cooked there until he sold the grill. The Harlo Grill was his passion.


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