HISTORY OF ALVI’S
Know the history of your town!
After buying the building in 2013, owner Al Fritz completely gutted and restored the building to some of its original beautiful features.
Starting with the original brick walls, come run your fingers across 100-year-old brick built by our own Wyandotte ancestors.
Run your feet across the 100-year-old restored wooden floors which have been newly sanded and ready to withstand another 100 years of foot traffic.
Match that with the reclaimed lumber from Detroit that makes our table tops into the fantastic community tables that mimic early 20’s English boarding school cafeteria tables. Alvi’s BBQ has all the captivating qualities of history that take you back to the times of hard work, quality, and ease.
We invite friends, family and even perfect strangers to gather together and enjoy a delicious locally sourced meal with us!
Starting as early at 1898 to 1902, the plot of land that now is Alvi’s BBQ, 3233 Biddle Avenue, was known as 12 Biddle which was occupied as a barbershop ran by Michael Graham. In 1907, GJ Benedict is listed as running a bazaar at the address. A bazaar is a shop that sold many random things.
From 1907-1921 we are unable to determine what the land held. From 1921 it was Freytag’s Confectionary. In the early 1930’s, Freytag changed businesses which became 3233 Biddle. The building was then a Furrier until 1956 when Alex Freytag retired.
In 1956 Joyland Record opened. The next records show the building was vacant from 1958 to 1964 until Lichee Gardens open and occupied the building until 2013.