The return of the Lindell AC, America’s first sports bar, does not appear to be in the making. However, Detroit might see the return of the famous Lindell AC hamburger.
Mel Butsicaris, who is the son of former co-owner Johnny Butsicaris, said he is considering approaching Olympia Entertainment about opening a Lindell AC stand in Little Caesars Arena.
The Lindell burger is not just any burger. It was considered one of the best tasting burgers in Metro Detroit and Mel said he has the recipe under lock and key. There is a formula of ground sirloin, ground chuck and other ingredients that made the Lindell burger taste great.
Mel said he is not interested in reviving the Lindell AC downtown although it would be a great idea and would honor his family who loved Detroit.
The Lindell AC became America’s first sports bar at the old Lindell Hotel and later on the corner of Michigan and Cass where sports fans crashed after Tiger, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings games. It is where politicians, sports figures and the common man mingled for decades.
The revival of the Lindell AC would make sense in District Detroit and bring back memories of when Detroit boomed as a city. The Butsicaris family was fiercely loyal to Detroit and refused to attend any Lion games in Pontiac and Piston games in Pontiac and Auburn Hills.
The return of the Lindell AC burger is a good start. But do you really want to make District Detroit pop then the Lindell AC must be part of it.