Question: Before he launched the world’s first Steak ’n Shake restaurant in the 1930s at Virginia and Main in Normal, Steak ’n Shake creator Gus Belt owned a business along Washington near Prairie in downtown Bloomington and sold what? (1) radios; (2) tires; (3) cars; (4) roller skates.

Answer: The man largely credited as inventing the fast-food burger first tried to make his fortune in (2) tires. In the 1920s, he owned Gus Belt’s Better Tire Service in downtown Bloomington, near where The Copy Shop is today.

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