Michael Horne

Valent’s, Your Early Morning Bar

A neighborhood bar in search of a neighborhood, the one-time hangout for American Motors workers opens 6 a.m. but closes by dinner time.

By - Aug 28th, 2014 06:36 pm

A neighborhood bar in search of a neighborhood, the one-time hangout for American Motors workers opens 6 a.m. but closes by dinner time. Back to the full article.

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6 thoughts on “Taverns: Valent’s, Your Early Morning Bar”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been to Valent’s in the past (although I didn’t know that it used to be a boarding house), and it’s a wonderful place! People are very friendly and you can talk to anyone! (I think you can also buy lottery tickets there – or is that no longer true?)

  2. David Austin says:

    used to stop in when I worked at AMC in the early 70s….also stopped At Ed Raatz’s Inn about a block further south right next to M&M Sporting goods………both taverns had good food back then….Raatz’s was a little more family friendly….what the hell happened to this city…

  3. Rachel Raatz says:

    David Austin – my great uncle used to own the Ed Raatz Inn. I was looking at Google maps and I was trying to find where it was. Any idea if it’s called Roth’s Inn?? Or if the building is even there/open anymore? I used to hear stories about the place and how my aunt served a lot of AMC guys lunch there.

  4. David Austin says:

    It was Roths after your Uncle retired…..My father worked at AMC for 35yrs so I remember Ed Raatzs Inn from back in the early 60s when I was only 8/9 years old…..My mother would walk with us kids to AMC to meet Dad when 1rst shift let out, and we would go into Raatzs and have a fish fry dinner on Fridays or chicken dinners on Saturdays or weekdays……..The food was great…..and it was a real family friendly place…….remember the kitchen had stainless steel tables and appliances…always real clean….Ed used to throw Christmas/ Easter / and other parties for customers and the kids of customers…..and in August he would have a big pig roast in the parking lot….big tent , music , a real good time…..It was a fun working middle class kind of place…

  5. Rachel Raatz says:

    David –

    That’s really cool to hear. Do you know if Roth’s is still open? I don’t remember Ed at all. He moved to Florida and died when I was maybe 8 or 9. I remember my Aunt Ione though – she passed a couple of years ago.

  6. David Austin says:

    haven’t been over there in 10/15 years…..so don’t really know if its still open or not….I do remember your great uncle and aunt used to vacation in Florida….and he would deep sea fish…had a Marlin and other fish mounted and hanging on the wall behind the bar…..Dave

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