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Founder of iconic Traverse City drive-in restaurant dies

Don Shaff died on Oct. 10.
Credit: AP
This undated photo shows Don's Drive-In, in Traverse City, Mich. The founder of the iconic drive-in restaurant Don Shaff, died at age 86, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Shaff owned Don's Drive-In from 1960-80, but the name never changed under subsequent owners. It's known for drive-in stalls and a large sign with a pink car along U.S. 31. (Mike Krebs/Traverse City Record-Eagle via AP)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The founder of an iconic drive-in restaurant in Traverse City has died at age 86.

Don Shaff owned Don’s Drive-In from 1960-80. But the name never changed under subsequent owners.

It’s known for drive-in stalls and a large sign with a pink car along U.S. 31. 

Shaff died on Oct. 10.

Erna Shaff said one of her husband’s favorite expressions was, “Come again and bring a friend.”

Bob Wilson bought the restaurant in 1980 and owned it for 37 years before selling it to the current owner in 2017. 

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