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Genesis 1:29 restaurant menu, 1970s

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 4

Scope and Contents

This restaurant menu from Cleveland, OH vegetarian restaurant Genesis 1:29 features a fully hand-drawn design with city sights and messages to the customer drawn in the margins. Messages to the customer include: the biblical verse Genesis 1:29 for which the restaurant is named, "Distinguish between a menu and a food," a request to tip their server, "Remember: life is too important to waste time having fun," and a note that food prices have increased and increased prices reflect their higher costs.

The menu features build-your-own sandwiches and salads with some unusual options such as nut bread, cashew butter, apple butter, sunflower seeds, sprouts, and mushrooms. The drink portion includes a small selection of tea and fruit juices, as well as spring water (with a note saying, "Sorry, but we prefer not to serve Cleveland city water.") and items described as "Tigers Milk" and "Frogge Hollow Frog's Milk," the latter of which contained yeast, apple juice, pineapple juice, and spinach. The restaurant also served soup, rice, yogurt, and fruit.


  • Creation: 1970s


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Biographical / Historical

Genesis 1:29 was a Cleveland, OH vegetarian restaurant that operated for approximately 10 years beginning in 1971. It was operated by Michael Overholser, Jim Achtenberg, Dan Butler, and John Keith, who named the restaurant for the biblical verse Genesis 1:29.

Source: The Plain Dealer. “Genesis 1:29, the Vegetarian Restaurant Where Herbs of Many Kinds Were Popular: Cleveland Remembers.”, October 6, 2011.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from eBay in November 2023.

Processing Information

Processed in March 2024 by Jenelle Clark.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
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