6630 S Dixie Hwy, Erie, MI
Opened by Jimmy Hayes, the Villa was considered an exclusive gambling house for the wealthy, as well as a very popular restaurant. Located on the infamous Dixie Highway, or ‘Avenue of Booze’, the Villa offered fine dining and dancing for its moneyed patrons and gambling on the second floor for high rollers. Slot machines lined the foyer.
Said to be the place where Firetop Sulkin first introduced Licavoli to Toledo, this site played a very important role in the Unholy Toledo story.
Time to head south back to Toledo. Turn left onto Dixie Highway and continue south on Detroit . As you pass Alexis, slow down find a place to pull over and we'll describe the Avenue of Booze.