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Chippewa County Historical Society

The Chippewa County Historical Society has a display of an original booth from the American Café. The 1930 oak café booth was donated to the Chippewa County Historical Society by Peter and Georgia Gianakura. Nancy and Dallas Steinhaus refinished the wood and Alan Suggitt rebuilt the booth and installed it at the historical society.

The Soo Theatre

The Soo Theatre Project has honored the Gianakura Family with a display of photos and memorabilia in the area that the family restaurant occupied for nearly 60 years, which now serves as an office for the Soo Theatre and STARS. Peter and Georgia provided the wonderful pictures of the café and the former candy stores. Marian MacLeod sparked the idea for the memory wall, Bill Gerrish lent his design expertise, Colleen Arbic and Personal Touch donated some of the materials, and Sault Realism created the finished replica photos. The “Gianakura corner” is adjacent to the refinished original framed mirror that was behind the diner counter. The mirror was found under newer generation wall coverings and brought back to its former beauty by Fran Hoholik.