Miller’s Bar celebrates 75 years serving world famous burgers

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Nestled in west Dearborn since 1941, Miller’s Bar, 23700 Michigan Ave. has created a name for itself around the world through word of mouth.

Co-owner Dennis Miller said much of the success comes from residents and visitors who come to Dearborn because of Ford Motor Co. then go back to tell their friends or family.

“We’re fortunate like Ford, to get notoriety around the world,” he said. “I get customers from as far as Asia and other parts of the globe.”

The month of November marks the 75th anniversary since the opening of the bar by brothers George and Russ Miller.

Plans to celebrate are still being formed, but Dennis Miller said the public could be notified with a banner about special promotions for the month of November.

Miller began working at the bar in 1970 and took over ownership with his brother Mark in 2000 after the passing of his father, Russ Miller.

“It’s been amazing to be in Dearborn for such a long time,” Dennis Miller said. “Customers and the city has always been great with their support.”

Burgers are made fresh daily using Miller’s secret ingredients and they serve several hundred each day with no dinner checks or plates.

The seven-ounce burger is served on a steamed, white bun and delivered on a square of wax paper. Lettuce and tomato are not offered.

Swiss or Velveeta cheeses are available along with standard condiments like ketchup, mustard, sliced pickles and sliced onion.

Other menu options include freshly made tuna fish, grilled cheese, corn beef, ham or grilled chicken sandwiches and daily homemade crock of beans.

“We’re one of the places that still uses the honor system, which creates trust with customers,” Dennis Miller said. “A customer comes in, gets their order, but no bill. Once they finish eating they read off what they had and pay at the register.”

A banquet room was recently added to accommodate larger groups such as business meetings, birthday parties, memorial services, rehearsal dinners, and reunions.

The banquet room holds 50 to 60 people and was named, Russ’s Room in honor of their father.

Miller’s Bar is open 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Only cash is accepted, but an ATM is available on site.

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