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5 & 50 Drive-in

(Est. 1952)


From the 2008 Pictorial History of Tipton:

Opened in 1952 by Russell and Lena Brenton, the small business first offered self-serve ice cream products and soft drinks. Over a half-century later, the business still offers ice cream and soft drinks, but has expanded its menu to include foot long hot dogs and chili dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries, onion rings, chicken, pork and fish sandwiches, as well as chicken strip baskets and shrimp baskets. Deep fried cheeseballs were added a few years ago and have been a big favorite.


Due to Russell's poor health, the Brentons sold the business to David Brant in 1959. Brant had just moved back to Tipton from Kansas, and was looking for a business opportunity. Arnie Dueber went into partnership with David Brant in 1964. Arnie bought out the other half of the business in 1965. All six of Arnie and Winnie's children and six grandchildren have worked at 5 & 50 Drive-In. Tipton has seen multiple generations of many families working at 5 & 50 Drive-In through the years.


Rod Dueber and his mother Winnie Dueber now [in 2008] own 5 & 50 Drive-In. Lisa Knipp, Winnie's daughter and Rod's youngest sister is the manager.


5 & 50 Drive-In is still "the little white block building with the cone on top" near the four-way in Tipton! The business offers walk-up window service about nine months out of the year.


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