This Out of the Way Tavern in Southwest Michigan Might Have Once Been a Mafia Meeting Spot
Travel along US 12 in rural St Joseph County in southern Michigan, and a few miles east of Sturgis you'll cross Halfway Road. A tavern here might have once been a favorite meeting spot for Chicago and Detroit Mafia bosses.
The story was recently shared on the You Know You're From Battle Creek Facebook page and describes Halfway Road as the halfway point between the Windy City and Motown on US 12, the roadway that's known as Chicago Road and in the pre-Interstate 94 days was the way to travel between the two cities.
Here's the question from Facebook,
If you will look on this map, which is the area just south of Burr Oak , look for the north south road called Halfway Road, which crosses Chicago Rd East..... Apparently , way way back, when the Detroit Mob and the Chicago Mob needed to get together to discuss "issues of business" , they would meet at a tavern that was at this intersection. This was about Halfway between Detroit and Chicago, which is why the road is called Halfway Road. What do you think ?
There was a real estate listing for a tavern property on the site that described the building as,
Established pool & dance bar/tavern located on busy US 12 Hwy south of Burr Oak, located at the intersection of Halfway Road. Currently known as Jorges Bar. Several updates have been made in the past few years. Great business opportunity with a class C liquor license. This business has the potential of so much more than is currently be produced with the right direction. Parking lot is unpaved and could accommodate between 30-40 cars for parking.
The property was listed for $260,000.
So what do you think? Was this out-of-the-way Southern Michigan locale once a hot spot for organized crime?