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Grover's Oyster Bar - "Soon to Be Famous" (Commercial, 1980)

Here's a commercial for Grover's (Soon to Be Famous) Oyster Bar, advertised as "the only restaurant in Chicago that nobody ever steals anything from." With illustration slides. At 2256 West Irving Park Road in Chicago and 5646 St. Charles Road in Berkeley, IL.

Voiceover by ??

This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, October 28th 1980.

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I remember Grover's irreverent radio commercials on Bob Collins' WGN radio show.
Comment posted by Phantom on Sunday, March 18th 2012 at 9:34pm.

Cool clip Fuzzy. Thanks for posting.
Comment posted by 1980sFan on Monday, March 19th 2012 at 6:17am.

Irving Park Road - Now "Chicago Joe's."
St. Charles Road - Now split between:

Building & Remodeling Store
Michael Esposito DDS
Gary Johnson DDS
R L Business Services
State Farm Insurance - Kathy Peterson

I guess they should have become famous sooner.

Comment posted by AMNewsboy on Monday, March 19th 2012 at 11:09am.

Comment posted by Detroit4Chicago on Wednesday, March 21st 2012 at 4:04pm.

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