Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Dine-A-Mite

April 25, 2007


To the editor:

Kansas University's Class of 1957 was in Lawrence the weekend of April 21, and one class member quoted in the Journal-World mentioned spending a lot of time during college at "The Dynamite Inn."

I am guessing Journal-World writer Eric Weslander didn't grow up in Lawrence because the popular hot spot in the '50s was "The Dine-A-Mite Inn." Just a little correction here. Many will remember that the Dine-A-Mite Inn was way out on 23rd and Louisiana, and the "Flame Room" could be rented for parties.

Roy and Mary Borgen were the popular proprietors for many years, and about 9:30 p.m. on weekends, Roy would stroll around and sift "dance wax" on the hardwood floor to make the dancing better. Those of us who grew up in Lawrence will remember fun times at the Dine-A-Mite Inn.

Pete Anderson,



John Kyle 11 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if this wonderful spot allowed blacks and Haskell students to enjoy the 'fun times'

kshiker 11 years, 1 month ago

Oh my. Hello inflammatory racial remark on an innocuous post!

lazz 11 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Anderson (or anybody else who definitively knows), which corner was the Dine-A-Mite on at 23rd and Louisiana? From pictures I've seen I can't tell, and I've had various people give me four different answers ...

By the way -- queequeg, get over yourself.

Confrontation 11 years, 1 month ago

lazz: Here's some info from an older article in the LJWorld:

What was the location of the popular Dine-A-Mite Inn operated by Roy and Mary Borgen at a time when the establishment was just beyond the city limits and could allow dancing and the serving of beer at the same time (something illegal in the city limits).

The "Mite" was just southwest of 23rd and Louisiana in an area where a service station, audio outlet and doughnut establishment now operate. And the city limits at the time ran down 23rd, just a few feet to north of the Mite. The Dine-A-Mite's location "out in the county" allowed the beer-dancing combination, which was illegal within the city limits of Lawrence at that time.

lazz 11 years, 1 month ago

Wow, that's great stuff, Confrontation, thanks!

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