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Legendary burger chain Clancy’s has new life at the Garage

When The Garage at the Bottleworks District opened a couple weeks ago, it bought new life to a nostalgic Indiana franchise — fast food pioneer Clancy’s Hamburgers.

Clancy’s opened in Michigantown, Indiana in 1965 when founder and Indiana Restaurant Hall of Fame member Carl Fogelsong decided to take on fast food. 31 locations would open over the next decade and half throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Today, only two locations remain open — a standalone location in Sidney, Ohio and the food stand at The Garage.

Clancy’s hopes to recapture the magic of its former days by pulling inspiration from the old menu and design.

A favorite menu item also returns, which debuted in 1965, the Clancy’s Topper — two pure beef patties, American cheese, shredded lettuce, Clancy’s Sauce on a double-decker sesame seed bun.

Clancy’s Hamburgers is part of the Clancy’s Inc restaurant group which also operates Grindstone Charley’s, Michaelangelo’s Italian Bistro, Grindstone Public House and Grindstone on the Monon.

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