Hank’s Cafe

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

Hank’s Cafe, an “upscale bar” and “progressive-style dance club,” opened at 11729 Detroit Avenue in 1988. Hank’s Cafe (“Dance-A-Teria”) was co-owned and operated by Hank Berger and Dick Korn. Hank’s Cafe was decorated in a “funky” style that borrowed heavily from 1930s and 1940s-era Hollywood aesthetics. Hank’s bar contained a “50-foot granite-style bar, booths, 1940s furniture, and up-to-date lighting and sound.” Hank’s Cafe closed in early 1990.

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11729 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

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