Red Knapp’s in Rochester: The ’50s diner concept stays the same
Looking for a place to have great food and a good time? OU News Bureau reporters have visited some distinctive eateries in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties to learn more about what these places have to offer. Reporter Kevin Romanchik visited Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar in downtown Rochester and spoke with owner Butch Knapp.
Tell me about the history of this place.
My father opened Red Knapp’s in 1950 and started out with just ice cream; the kitchen hadn’t been opened yet. Once (the kitchen) was opened, we’ve been going ever since.
Describe what it offers patrons.
Red Knapp’s) was opened with quality (in mind). We don’t skimp on anything and offer homemade quality ingredients, freshness and, hopefully, service.
Why would someone want to come here?
We’ve won quite a few awards for our milkshakes and burgers. Our homemade soups and chilies keep our customers coming back.
What do you do that’s different from other places like this?
People love (Red Knapp’s) because it’s an original ’50s diner that hasn’t changed much. (We’ve) definitely kept the same concept since the beginning.
What’s the one thing everyone should order here?
Probably the milkshakes. Whenever I run into people, they always talk about them.
How many people work here?
A lot of our employees are part time because we hire so many high school kids. Probably in the area of 25 people.
What does the future hold for this place?
Hopefully, staying in business and being successful. Keeping the same quality and, hopefully, it will work out fine.
Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar is at 304 S. Main in downtown Rochester 248 651-4545.
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