After working with Albert Michels, Jerry Hovey's father-in-law and partner at Mikes West Side Ice Cream parlor, Jerry Hovey opened Mikes East Side on January 2, 1952. Although, both businesses were established to provide homemade ice cream, Jerry saw the need to expand into serving food. When Mike retired in 1961, Jerry focused on increasing the food selection. Chili was a popular and early success story. The special seasonings and unique preparations have made the chili a favorite to this day. Just as important as the chili, the hamburgers have become a main attraction. The "Big Murt" named for Jerry's mother-in-law, who worked in the restaurant for many years and the "Mike" named after his father-in-law, Albert Michels.
Our diner continues to offer the original burgers and chili along with homemade French fries, ranch and blue cheese dressing, hand dipped malts and shakes. We continue to offer marshmallow, cherry, vanilla or chocolate to be added to your favorite drink.
Hovey's Diner is a great place to go back in time or to make new memories. The walls are filled with many moments of the past and memorabilia including the backwards running clock. Hovey's Diner is a hometown tradition carried on by our regular customers and those that have traveled near and far.
In 2022, Joe and Diane Greifzu purchased Hovey's to keep the traditional alive for many more to enjoy and create their own memories. Within a month of operation, the wall next door came crashing down putting a halt to the restaurant, but not a halt on the dream to keep this tradition alive.