Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Swirly Top  



1974 - NEW FOOD SERVICE BUILDING Is under constructlon on Lake Shore Drive across the street from the Culver beach, filling the vacant lot which was dormant for months In this prime commercial area. - Jan 17 1974

1974, May 16 - Aug. 1983 - Swirly Top Ice Cream parlor Drive In - Kenneth & Glenda Crowell


Swirly-Top Restaurant Opens This Week

    Will Feature Drive-Up Window


    opened for business Wednesday, May 15th. and brings a combination of features to area residents and visitors .

    A big feature of the Swirly-Top will be a drive-up window, reports Ken Crowe!. The window will insure speedy, quality service, which is the general goal of the operators of the restaurant.

    But there are plenty of reasons to go indoors. too. A spacious interior feat ures seating at booths for sixty people, and an expanse of windows at the front of the building gives diners a great view of the lake into the bargain.


    The interior of the building is paneled. and an antique motif is accented by a dozen Tiffany-style lighting fixtures. A red quarry tile floor adds to the rustic effect of the decor.

    The exterior of the building has been faced in colonial -style brick.

    Parking space is ample in the paved lot.

    The Swirly-Top will feature a menu of sandwiches and "baskets" as well as a complete selection of fountain delicacies. The building is fully air conditioned, and is available for year-round use, if the area can support such an operation.


    Mr. Crowe! also thinks that parking lots are good for more than just parking cars . He plans to make the lot available to high school band students for use as a carwash area and feels that the sidewalks along the parking lot would make ideal places to set up "flea markets'' during the summer months , where tale nted members of the community could display their crafts, or local organizations sponsor various displays or sales. Ken feels that the many talented and able-bodied members of our community need a place where they can display their work, and he hopes he can provide such a place.

    We do, too. and wish him and his associates the best of luck in this new business.



Aug. 17, 1983 - Investigators are saying little about the fire last Weds. night that destroyed the Swirly Top restaurant on Lake Shore Dr. except that the blaze, which did about $50,000 worth of damage to the building and contents, was ruled an arson. Responding fire fighters found the back door still open and gas cans in the kitchen area






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