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'Small place, big taste'

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Eddie's Sandwich Shoppe associate Stephanie Weaver (right) takes an order from Doug Hayes. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* Eddie's Sandwich Shoppe celebrating 80th anniversary

A Clay County icon will celebrate a birthday this weekend.

On Jan. 21, 1931, Eddie Knierim officially opened Eddie's Sandwich Shoppe.

Eighty years later, the restaurant still stands in the exact location it was, 13 S. Walnut St., Brazil.

For eight decades, families have paid a visit to the local restaurant and munched on the hamburgers while taking in the atmosphere of the local diner.

Some have taken the Eddie's Challenge, attempting to eat as many hamburgers as possible in one sitting. Some have reached the Hall of Fame, while others have reached the Wall of Shame.

Current owner Kelly McGinty has scheduled a special day for the restaurant. Between the hours of 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, customers may come to the shoppe and purchase single sandwiches for only 80 cents.

McGinty has owned the restaurant for four years. The Clay County native -- like many -- used to go to the restaurant during his school lunch hour.

McGinty graduated from Northview High School in 1987.

"Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to own Eddie's," McGinty said. "I used to tell my family I would own it one day."

McGinty said he attempted to purchase the restaurant 15-18 years ago, but was unable to.

"It has always been something my heart has desired to have," McGinty said.

Although the restaurant has gone through some changes, the basics still remain. When one enters the doors, they know what they're going to get.

"That makes me feel good," McGinty said. "There are so many people that come in every day, so many people that come in two or three times a day. We have a lot of familiar faces."

The Knierim family operated the restaurant for approximately 60 years.

Eddie Knieriem established Eddie's Sandwich Shoppe, Jan. 21, 1931. Jason Moon Photo.
Eddie ran the restaurant for 32 years, dying Jan. 23, 1963. Bob Knierim, Eddie's son, took over the restaurant and ran it for another 31 years before letting go.

"When it was built, it was just a tin building," Bob told The Brazil Times. "And it was a lot smaller. My dad borrowed $200 to build it and he paid it back $1 a week.

"At first, we didn't have running water. We got water from a well at the courthouse. There was a pump there."

The restaurant burned down Jan. 25, 2003, but was rebuilt and back in business seven months later.

Bob said while the price of a hamburger has changed, the shape hasn't.

"When my dad started, they were a nickel a piece or six for a quarter," he said. "They have a lot more on the menu then we ever did. They have a lot of things we didn't have."

Since purchasing the restaurant, McGinty added the dining area in addition to chicken and fish sandwiches, French fries and a full breakfast menu.

"I think it's great that the community supports it like they do," McGinty said. "I think Brazil, as a whole, would do anything it can to keep it running. Basically, anybody that's living now has been there."

"I can't believe it's still there," Knieriem added. "It's amazing. When it burned, I figured it would never be rebuilt. But I was wrong."

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Ed and Bob's last name is not spelled 'Knieriem' it is 'Knierim'

-- Posted by MoralsOrMoney? on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 12:14 AM
Response by Brazil Times:
Our apologies. It has been corrected.

My best memories are of going to eddies in the 60's for burgers and little cokes then off to the Cooper theater. And I also remember baby sitting Kelly and his brother Shawn. Great memories-Congrats Kelly

-- Posted by slkinz@sbcglobal.net on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 4:39 AM

Eddie's is by far the best place in all of Brazil to eat. And Vigo County only wishes they had a place as special as Eddie's! After having lived in another state for four years, I ventured back into Eddie's (had been going there since I was a child)and it was like I had never left! Eddie's not only provides good and cheap food, but the atmosphere cannot be beat! Carol and Brittaney are the best! I hope Eddie's is around for another eighty years! I cannot wait for my son to eat at Eddie's! :)

-- Posted by millertime on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 7:45 AM

I also remember saturday mornings and 50 cents got you food at Eddies and a movie at the Cooper

-- Posted by DonPorter on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 11:34 AM

Definitely brings back some wonderful memories of my childhood, my Grandma, and Saturday afternoons!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 12:38 PM

The people who work there are wonderful. the service is top notch. But there will never be another Bob Knierim all through my childhood and most of my adult life Bob was the best host, he always had a smile and joke or two to tell. I go there and eat four or five times a month and i always think of Bob and wish he were still there. But the McGinty's and there staff do a excellent job and i wish them the best for many years to come

-- Posted by Thorn44 on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 1:14 PM

I went to Annunciation with Bob many years ago and I used to stop at the resturant and get burgers all the time, when Bobs dad ran it I worked at Arcetex plant three and would haul butt down there every friday ( payday ) to get a half dozen of his sausage sandwiches,glad to see it still in operation after so many years,I dont think anybody growing up in Brazil has never had a Eddies hamburger and if they did they need to get down there pronto and get a taste of HEAVEN ON EARTH.

Jimmy Welch

-- Posted by T-REX on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 2:48 PM

I remember when I was young we would always ride our bikes to Eddies and enjoy as much as we could eat. We used to tease the owners by constantly nagging them as to why they didn't sell french fries. However, in the end we would always leave with our stomachs full of burgers, potato chips and candy cigs. Now that I am older and have kids of my own my son just loves Eddies. That is his favorite place to eat and constantly asking "Daddy can we go and eat at Eddies today?" I am so glad that it is still in business to this day and the renovations it has made even after the fire and the added selection to the menu. You can't go wrong with Eddies and I encourage anyone that hasn't ate there to make it a priority! Thanks to the McGinty's so much for keeping a rich Brazil tradition still going!

-- Posted by Reader11 on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 11:10 AM

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