Dennis Miller – a longtime co-owner of Dearborn’s legendary Miller’s Bar, loved by burger fans in metro Detroit and beyond – died Thursday, according to a family post on the Miller’s Bar Facebook page. He was 74.
According to the Detroit News, Miller died of cancer.
“We will all miss him more than words can express,” wrote his wife Dorene Miller and brother Mark Miller. According to the post, Miller’s Bar will remain closed as usual on Sunday.
According to the Post, the bar will be closed on Monday for the funeral service and will reopen on Tuesday, the Post said: “We would like to thank everyone who has reached out to us, our families and the bar staff, how grateful we are friends to have and customers who really care. We appreciate your business and will continue the Miller tradition of serving our award-winning burgers,” the family wrote.
Miller’s has been in business since 1941 and is known for its famously juicy no-frills round burgers, topped with or without cheese and served on a white wax paper bun. His burgers are 7 ounces and served with optional pickles and onions.
Miller’s Bar went up for sale a year ago.
The bar’s burgers have won many awards, both locally and nationally. It’s also known as a “cash only” place where you pay by the honor system. A waiter takes your order and you pay at the bar by telling the bartender what you ordered. “We use the honor system here. Just tell us what you had,” says the menu on his website.
Miller’s uncle first opened the bar in 1941, Miller told the Free Press in 2008. His father, Russell Miller, “made it what it is,” Miller said at the time.
Miller started there in the ninth grade “doormanship — janitorial work — and was a bartender in the 12th grade,” he told the Free Press. He and his brother then took over running the family’s burger bar, a popular spot for Ford workers and families with their children.
Miller was featured in a September 2021 CBS News segment on the global semiconductor shortage and its impact on the auto industry and local businesses. Miller estimated that 60% of its business is related to the auto industry, according to the Segment, and that reduced traffic from Ford employees working remotely is hurting the business. will likely be cut because of workers working from home.
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According to the Facebook post, the arrangements are being made by the Howe Peterson Funeral Home in Dearborn.
In addition to his wife and brother, Miller is survived by another brother, Scott Miller. His parents, Russell and Ethel Miller, preceded him in death; a sister, Wendy Bardelli; and Brother Guy Miller.
The visit for Miller will be at the funeral home’s Dearborn Chapel on Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel.
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