Lums Hot Dogs Extinct?

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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2006/08/26 00:11:03 (permalink)
We use to have a Lum's on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga, NY in the late 1960's. The manager of the place was a former Buffalo Bill, Tom Day. We use to purchase the Lum's hot dog basket along with a pitcher of beer during my college days. I loved the sauerkraut on the steam hot dogs in beer!

The entire Buffalo, NY area at the time had 4 Lums restaurants but sadly to say, they vanished by the early 1970's. I always wondered what kind of hot dogs they steam in beer back then. Does anyone know of the brand utilized?
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2006/12/13 18:43:26 (permalink)
My guess would be that they got their hotdogs through Dirr Gold Seal Meats.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2007/04/21 09:43:52 (permalink)
I have come across Lum's in:
Newark, DE
Elmira, NY

I checked the online phone directories and both are still listed.

There is also a chain of fast food restaurants called Ollie's Trolley, which the sell the Ollie Burger (but no hotdogs steamed in beer. I've run across those in:
Cincinnati, OH (and Covington, KY)
Washington, DC (and Arlington, VA)
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2007/04/22 21:11:52 (permalink)
theres a lums genuine restaurant still left here in davie florida
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2007/04/24 14:56:32 (permalink)
I went to high school in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC in the late 60's. My best friend and I used to go to Lums after playing basketball to have a frosty mug of apple cider. Onion rings and roast beef sandwiches were also memorable menu items. I hope to go to the Lums in Florida sometime in the next few years and see whether they still have the "right stuff". Great memories.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2007/05/30 01:50:09 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Greyghost


Are there any Lums Restaurants still around? They were quite popular in the 60s and 70s with their hot dogs cooked in beer. They also were early to feature many imported beers which was a bit of an oddity in those days.

Lums was a magnet for college students. One could be oh so sophisticated dining on these "gourmet dogs" and pontificating on the merits of the imported beers.

What are your memories of Lums and are there any still around?


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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2007/05/30 18:54:43 (permalink)
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Originally posted by michaelcarraher

I have come across Lum's in:
Newark, DE
Elmira, NY

I checked the online phone directories and both are still listed.


Elmira is long gone. Torn down and replaced by Dunkin Donuts.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2007/05/30 19:44:27 (permalink)
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Originally posted by C Turner Joy

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Originally posted by jinjo76

One on Commercial Blvd. near Floranada elementary school; one near the corner of Oakland and Federal. I don't remember when they closed, just that we went there.


Oakland and Federal? Where? I remember one up around Atlantic and US1. Or was it Sample Road? Somewhere up there. But I grew up behind Coral Ridge mall. I can't recall a Lums there.


restaurant Sushi-Thai is there now at 3341 N Federal Hwy
Oakland Park, FL 33306 next to the old theater.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2007/05/31 01:44:12 (permalink)
i worked for lums in miami beach for 23 years know alot about the food and can get ollie season
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2007/05/31 02:00:54 (permalink)
i miss my lums it was on 23rd and collins on miami beach walgreens did by the propety 3 years ago and still didnt open i wish to open another lums i was ther 23 years i miss it so mush i have alot of mirrors and things and can get ollie sauce if anyone wana be partners to open lums let me know
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2007/06/24 01:26:09 (permalink)
I remember LUM's from the late '60 to sometime in the 70's! The one I remember specifically was located in Saugus MA on US 1 - known unofficially as "Restaurant Strip".

My dad liked going there, and so did I, though I remember thinking LUMS was a strange name (I was about 4)
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2007/06/25 01:43:34 (permalink)
I used to live in Horseheads/Elmira NY there is a lums there right accross from the mall right off I-17.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2007/11/03 20:21:48 (permalink)
Saturday, November 3, 2007

Greeting to all::::::

There is a LUMS giant Beer Glass on eBay as of today!
Someone on this thread expressed a wish to find such
an item, so I thought I'd add this timely info!

Thanks all....I'm new to the forum and am really enjoying
the posts!
Regards, Howard Allen
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/01/06 23:23:54 (permalink)
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/05/07 17:19:00 (permalink)
There was a Lums just outside the gate at Ft. Benjamin Harrison near Indianapolis in Lawrence, IN off Post Road in early 70s. I was at an Army school there and we got [exactly] one hour for lunch. They had a small, private dining room with a television that they held for 3 or 4 of us. We'd call in our lunch orders during the mid-morning cigarette break and race over at noon to watch/play Jeopardy. Always hated to have to leave before Final Jeopardy. There was also a Lums north of Hartford here in Connecticut but it's long gone. I think Lums also operated under another name in other parts of country. Does anyone remember that?
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/05/08 21:25:18 (permalink)
Sure do miss Lums. Michael J., you're one lucky dude! Try on Fort Bragg, during the Vietnam fight. I was there. Unfortunately, no Lums outside the gate. Just PX nickel beer, it went down well!
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/05/24 10:44:01 (permalink)
I worked for Lums in Belleve, Nebraska for five years starting in 1976............I met my first love there and the memories are fantastic!! I have a Lum's beer mug and a menu somewhere. The Chop Steak dinner was $1.95. An 8 oz hamburger patty topped with onions and green peppers and mushrooms. Baked potato. Garlic Bread and a salad!!!

The Lum's in Bellevue has not been updated so when you go in it still has the fake brown beams on the ceiling. Red carpet. The Ollie Burger is not real. The menus are now paper. It seems more like a mom and pop restaurant.........The reason the hot dogs were steamed in beer is because the steamer was right below the tap for the beer. When we would pour a beer and it had too much head on it we would toss the foam into the hotdogs.............
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/05/24 12:23:45 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by Michael J.

I think Lums also operated under another name in other parts of country. Does anyone remember that?


I believe that the national Lum's organization was bought by Wienerwald back in the 1970s. Perhaps some of them went by that name for a while?
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/05/24 13:42:15 (permalink)
I remember getting hotdogs steamed in beer at the original Lums in Miami back in the late 1950s. I can't remember the name of the street, but it was just across from a Tropicana plant, and within walking distance of Bayfront Park where I worked on a charter boat. It was a small place with a counter and a few tables. I used to get a couple of hotdogs and a glass of beer.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/05/24 13:54:40 (permalink)
There was one located on the other end of the block from the original location of the Elbow Room in Fort Lauderdale in the mid-70's. Had a few there myself.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/05/24 17:36:56 (permalink)
The last Lum's I remember was when I lived in Vero Beach, FL, in 1970.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/05/24 19:03:17 (permalink)
its still there, a mile south of 595 on davie road extention in davie florida, 5 minutes from ft lauderdale airport
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/11/04 09:52:36 (permalink)
On a drive back to Miami from Daytona Beach, I made a detour and stopped at Lum's, in Davie. I had never been there before, but I have eaten at several now-extinct Lum's restaurants in the Miami area over the years. The manager told me that the Davie restaurant and one in Plattsburgh, NY are the only two left.

DAVIE, FL LUMS:


LUMS Entry Area:


As you can see, they still prominently announce the availability of Ollie Burgers and hot dogs steamed in beer. I was not really hungry, but I ordered a hot dog. This is what I got:

LUMS HOT DOG:


Pretty sorry looking, eh? A flimsy roll, disintegrating before I had even touched it, and a pale, bland dog. What a disappointment. I cannot recommend even bothering to go for the hot dog if you are a mile away. I had hoped that it would be more like the one in the Roadfood.com review, http://roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=4195

This is the photo from the review:



That looks MUCH better to me.
post edited by MiamiDon - 2009/06/08 06:05:04
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/11/04 17:20:46 (permalink)
Sosmeone should have their butt kicked for allowing that Lum's dog to be served looking like that.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2008/11/18 17:09:04 (permalink)
Big Lum's fan here, particularly Ollieburgers. I visited one in Hamilton, OH (on Dixie Highway...the building is now a used car lot) on a regular basis in the mid-70s while a college student at nearby Miami University. After that one closed, I kept track of where the nearest one was - until there weren't any more of them - so I could get my Ollieburger fix. In succession, I "closed" Lum's stores in Cincinnati's Western Hills (Glenway Ave.), Dayton, OH, Fairborn, OH, and Columbus (across from Ohio State campus) over the next decade.

We also had an Ollie's Trolley in downtown Cincinnati, which I followed from a location on Court Street (in the 1970s), to Sixth Street (in the '80s) to its current location on Liberty Street at Central Avenue. The last move involved a change of ownership, and the quality has suffered a bit with that change. You can still get a reasonable imitation of the original Ollieburger there, but it isn't as good as they used to be. The seasoning seems accurate, but the meat quality isn't there. It was (and still is) in an actual trolley, not a storefront.

There are, I believe, two other Trolley locations surviving, although they are in storefronts, not trolleys: Louisville, KY and Washington, DC. I haven't tried either one, so I can't verify their authenticity.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2009/06/08 04:02:40 (permalink)
I worked at the Lums Restaurant in Horseheads, NY for 14 years.  Sadly, we closed our doors on Dec 4, 2004.  Too many other restaurants in the area popping up. Back when the restaurant first opened, they did steam the dogs in beer.   We did our lumdogs on the grill but would always honor special request to steam in beer.  We also had one of the best fish frys in town and would do beer batter on request.  During our last week, we had people stopping by to get their last Ollieburger.  We would always have travelers coming in who had been frequented a Lums restaurant in their youth and most would ask for a frosted mug of draft beer-which we always had!!  I see my old customers around town from time to time and they always tell me how much they miss Lums.  Not only for the food but for all the friends that were made.  Ahhhh...........good times.  If anyone reads this who frequented or worked at the Lums in Horseheads, NY, please write back!!! ps  my username is Lumdog because that's what my husband used to call me when I worked there.  I am now an RN and love my job but there will always be a special place in my heart for my time at Lums.  There are days I would go back there in a heartbeat if it was still there.  (I was a waitress)  We are near Watkins Glen which is famous for NASCAR races and we always braced ourselves for race week.  We would be so busy with drivers and pit crews.  Some of the most memorable visits for dinner included Richard Petty, Geoff  and Todd Bodine (who are from our area), and Jeff Gordon.  Just a little tid bit for you race fans.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2009/06/08 13:16:36 (permalink)
Brings back memories of eating Lum's Dogs in Old Saybrook Ct. in the '70's. I thought that they were the bomb!

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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2009/06/26 17:40:35 (permalink)
My dad was Air Force and was stationed at Hurlburt Field from 1967 to 1969.  We used to eat at Lums a lot, and when he retired to Montgomery, Alabama, we'd spend a week or two every year in Ft. Walton.  We always ate at Lums at least twice while down there.  Their food was really good, including the beer-steamed hot dogs, but the thing I loved most was their french fries.  They sprinkled some kind of seasoning on top of them that made them just delicious.  I wish I knew what that seasoning was.  We've never found any fries since that are as tasty as Lums' fries were.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2009/06/27 00:05:11 (permalink)
All along the Gulf Coast, many restaurants sprinkle Cajun Seasoning on fries. Hopefully, some ex-Lums employee will see this and tell us what the seasoning was.
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RE: Lums Hot Dogs Extinct? 2009/06/27 01:16:15 (permalink)
Ollieburgers and Ollie fries had proprietary seasoning and sauce packets that were purchased from the company by franchisees, pre-packaged so the secret wouldn't be revealed publicly.  I don't know if that secret ever got out - it may have - but I doubt that an employee at a store could tell you the recipe.
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