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Lotus Garden, Indianapolis 1950s Vintage Menu
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Lotus Garden, Indianapolis 1950s


Indianapolis' Lotus Garden is discussed on Historicaindianapolis (below). Is the current Lotus Garden somehow related to this mid-century restaurant that "gladly put up" orders to take out?

Back in the Fifties and Sixties, my family sometimes dined at a Chinese restaurant called the Mandarin Inn, which was as well-known for its steaks as it was for its Chinese food. There were also several other popular Chinese restaurants on the north side of Indianapolis at that time, including Lotus Garden and Jong Mea. Can you provide any information about these establishments? ~ Ralph Drybrough, Tucson, Arizona

HI's Answer:
Most people who lived on the north side of Indianapolis in the second half of the 20th century were familiar with one or more (usually more!) of the Chinese restaurants in the area. There were not as many dining options in Indianapolis in those days as there are now, and the eateries that did exist enjoyed considerable popularity. They were family-owned businesses, typically employing multiple generations of the same clan, as well as extended relations and friends of the families. In addition to dine-in facilities, the Chinese restaurants were famous for their take-out service, long before restaurants with other kinds of cuisines got on board with carry-out.

Courtesy Harley Spiller Collection.

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