Reporting Fran Lane
“Buy ‘em by the bag” was The Little Tavern slogan. Harry F. Duncan founded the Little Tavern chain in 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1928 Harry and his wife Doris moved to Washington, DC where they established their first Little Tavern Shop at 814 E Street, NW. The Duncans turned to engineer Charles E. Brooks and architect George E. Stone of Baltimore’s Stonebrook Corporation who came up with a design for a hamburger stand based upon traditional Tudor cottage architecture. Topped with green roofs and porcelain white facades, these Little Taverns served some of the city’s tastiest burgers.
In 1939, Washington, DC alone had 21 Little Tavern Shops with almost 50 Little Tavern Shops located throughout the D.C./Baltimore area. The last restaurant closed on April 29, 2008. You can still see the Little Tavern buildings scattered around town.
The painting above is by Baltimore artist Charlene Clarke http://www.charleneclarkstudio.com/