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~ 1848 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 5/2/09 ~
We all remember Dave's Popcorn, right?
4604 East Lake Street, 1958
~ Photo Source: Jerry Simonson, SHS ~
*I am saddened to read that
Warren W. "Bill" Nelson passed away on December 24, 2009.
Here is a picture submitted to me, taken in March, 1958
~ Photo Source: James D. Goudy, RFLD HS '58 ~ 4/1/11
"The carhop in the picture is Judy, my first girlfriend. Judy was in the 10th grade at Roosevelt at that time.
She moved to Bloomington during the next year. I attended Richfield High and graduated in '58.
The picture was taken by a friend of mine from inside his new 1958 Chevrolet."
Ford Bridge Drive-In (Rich-O)
The Ford Bridge Drive-In was located at 4556 46th Avenue South.
The drive-in may have been our parents' haunt and
not in operation during our high school days.
Does anyone know?
(a burger with a dill pickle chip stuck to the top of the bun with a toothpick)
Rich-O Root Beer
As I drove by the location recently, I noticed that the lot is vacant. Times are changing!
"The Ford Bridge Drive-In was owned by some friends of my folks. Their names were Dee and Garney Richardson. Dee 'invented' the broasting method of deep frying chicken (deep frying in a pressure cooker). After that took off, they closed the drive-in and only sold their machines out of the building. They lived along 46th Street just a couple of blocks west."
~ Mike Rick RHS, '62 ~
"Broaster and Broasted are registered trademarks of the Broaster Company of Beloit, Wisconsin that has been broasting chickens since 1954.
Broasting is a process that builds pressure in the pot which seals in the natural juices while sealing out almost 100% of the cooking oil.
It is not only the process of frying chickens under pressure, but includes a special marinating process.
The Broasting process makes chicken that has the taste of fried chicken, but is moister and less greasy.
This process is not available to home cooks. The Broasters and the seasonings are sold only to restaurants and the food trade, so
Broasted chicken is available to you only when you dine out.
Not only does it taste better, but it has fewer calories, less fat, lower carbs, and more moisture."
~ online sources ~
"The Ford Bridge Drive-In was also popular for the Rich-O root beer it sold. The Richardson's son, Craig is a Roosevelt grad., class of '67."
~ Dale Gordon, RHS '67 ~
"My aunt Susan also worked at Rich-O (46th and 46th). She tells me their "famous" burger was the Dilly Burger - a burger with a dill pickle chip stuck to the top of the bun with a toothpick."
~ Michael Green, SHS '76 ~
~ Ford Bridge Drive-In . . . in Color ~
prior to its being demolished. Note the "For Sale" sign facing East ~
4556 46th Avenue South
Northwest corner of 46th & 46th
Here's a thumbnail that might offer more detail.
~ Submitted by: James D. Goudy, RFHS '58 ~ 3/24/12
~ A bit ruffled and now gone, but still in our neck of the woods! ~
2108 East Franklin Avenue
The old Henry's Drive-In was on the north side of Franklin Avenue just east of Minnehaha Avenue. It no longer exists on this property.
January 5, 1995
To refresh your memory you might have a look at this site below:
Link to Other Henry's Hamburgers Drive-Ins
~ Photo submitted by: James D. Goudy, RFHS '58 ~ 3/24/12
Hollywood Drive-In or Diner?
Someone recently emailed me asking if I had information on the Hollywood Drive-In. They said it was located on 35th St. and 27th Ave. S., near Hiawatha Avenue.
I do not remember it. Do any of you? Maybe one of you worked there and can shed some light on this drive-in or diner.
Hiawatha @ 35th St. (Looking southward)
35th St. & 27th Ave. S
"I recently came across your website and have enjoyed the many memories found there.
The one drive-in I would love to know more about was the Hollywood Drive In which was located close to Hiawatha Avenue at about 35th Street and 27th Avenue South.
I grew up on 34th St. and 26th Avenue South and spent a lot of time at the Hollywood. I haven't been able to find any info or pictures. Do you remember it?
I lived at 34th and 26th Ave. from 1957-1965. We moved when our house was scheduled to be torn down for the expected expansion of Hiawatha Ave.
I remember the Hollywood as being referred to as a drive-in but it may not have been.
It was a small diner and we would walk over for ice cream or burgers. What I do remember is that it sat on one of those diagonal strips of land that dotted Hiawatha Ave.
I've attached an old photo of the area that shows kind of what I remember. I've zoomed in on the attached photo and not sure if this is the building I remember.
Anyway, I'm enjoying doing some digging and remembering the way things used to be. Enjoyed your website!
I attended Corcoran and then Folwell and graduated from Vocational in 1970. Wish I could remember the exact location - I just know we could easily walk over there from 34th & 26th Ave. which we did often."
~ Mary Tiedemann, VHS '70, 10/27/13 ~
Joe & Eddie's Drive-In
1940 to 1950s
Joe Belmore - Note the sign on the front of the "old" root beer stand!
Bar B-Q Hamburgers 15 cents
Hot Dogs 15 cents
Hamburgers 15 cents
Root Beer Floats 15 cents
Root Beer, Orange Ade, Lem-O Lime, GrapeO
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
~ ~ ~
"Joe & Eddie's Drive-In was located on 45th & Minnehaha Avenue, right on the northwest corner,
directly across Minnehaha Avenue from Minnehaha Falls Garden and Nursery. There is an apartment building located there now.
They were known for their tasty burgers and fries, and they even toasted the hamburger buns!
It was great! They had car hops and counter service too."
Cindy recalls, "I remember lots of windows and I believe there was a counter, perhaps horseshoe in shape with booths around the perimeter.
I do believe it was a man and a woman who ran it, and I think they used to live on 46th Street, just a block from the drive-in."
~ Cindy Knutson, RHS '72 ~
"Joseph and Adeline Belmore owned the establishment. They lived directly behind the drive-in on its west side,
at 3808 East 45th Street. Their son, Eddy, was a Minneapolis policeman at the 3rd precinct.
Therefore, the drive-in was probably named for the father and the son."
~ Darryl Bonin, RHS '64 ~
"My first job was a car-hop at Joe and Eddie's back in the '60s. I was 15 yrs old. Eddie taught be a lot about good work ethics. When I wasn't waiting on cars, I was doing dishes and cleaning. Always kept me busy.
The funniest memory I have is that I didn't know how to make change when I started there, and I ended up giving my first customer more than a free dinner in change. Joe wasn't too happy about that.
Their cook saw that I was having trouble with this and sat me down and taught me how to make change. He was very kind and patient with me, thank goodness!
P.S. They had the most delicious pork tenderloin sandwich EVER."
~ Sharon Williamson-Ranning, RHS''70 ~
"During '62 and '63 I was a fry cook at Joe and Eddie's Drive-In on M'haha and 45th.
I met my wife there in 1963. I was 16 and she was 15! We've been married 42 years. Wow."
~ JaRene Strand RHS '64 ~
Courtesy the Class of '64
This is the apartment building built on the land that was occupied by Joe & Eddie's.
Across Minnehaha Avenue, on the northeast corner, the Falls Nursery is still in business.
4444 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis Minnesota 55406
Minnehaha Falls Nursery
Photos taken 4/3/11
In later years, the new building was sold and moved near the southwest corner of 50th Street East and 34th Avenue South.
It was first used as a trading (green) stamps redemption center and then an oriental cafe.
The structure exists today, as a Mexican restaurant called Dominguez Family Restaurant at 3313 E. 50th Street. It is the third property
from the southwest corner. "The front side of former Joe & Eddie's now faces the rear", (top row, second photo from left, below), towards the south.
Asian food was served here for quite some time prior to this Mexican cuisine according to Steve Peasley '73.
One day, I stopped by to check it out and to photograph the restaurant's exterior.
After doing so, I went inside and spoke with the manager who confirmed that I, indeed, had taken photos of the former drive-in.
He indicated that the building was really in disrepair when the family purchased it three years ago (2006). Next, he asked if I wanted to photograph the interior.
I hadn't really planned on it, but he was very enthusiastic about all the renovation they had done, so I politely accepted, then got the grand tour!
They have several tables in the back where their many windows face south. Next, he pointed out the kitchen where his mother, the owner,
was busy deep-frying tons of corn chips. We went downstairs where they have a small party room and restroom facilities.
He wanted me to check out the party room and especially the restroom to see how nicely decorated it was.
We then returned upstairs where he showed me the family photo at the entrance.
~ Cindy Knutson, RHS '72 & Jan Anderson RHS '62 ~
Here is a Grand Tour for You Too!
The Dominguez family
grandmother, mother, Sabino-manager and brothers in back row
I received an email from Edward Belmore: "I am Eddy Belmore.
My mother and dad owned Joe and Eddies Drive-In. My father was Joe, mother was Eddie (Adeline) and I am Eddy, hence the name, 'Joe & Eddie's Drive-In'.
The old drive-in started out as a 24 x 24 wood building, built in the mid 40s. In 1950, we bought the drive-in when I was in the sixth grade at Hiawatha School.
The old building was torn down in 1962, to make way for the new brick drive-in which took up most of the lot at 45th and Minnehaha.
The new drive-In was constructed at 45th and Minnehaha in 1962. It closed in 1970 or '71. It was then moved to 50th and 34th Avenue, on the southwest corner where it stands today as a Mexican restaurant.
We had four lots: one the building sat on and two were used as parking lots. The fourth was a miniature golf course. The miniature golf only lasted for two or three years. It went with the old wood drive-in.
When my parents sold the drive-in, the lots went to Zae Anderson who built the apartment building; and the drive-in moved to 50th and 34th Avenue South, where it sits today."
45th & Minnehaha Ave. S
Built in the mid '40s
Joe Belmore inside the root beer stand ('40s).
Joe Belmore wearing trick glasses and nose. He is on the north side, facing east (?). Minnehaha Avenue (east) is to the far left of photo ('50-'60s).
The building across the street (Minnehaha) was Fransen's Store + Garden Store
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
(1) Joe in old drive-in, (2) car hops in 1950s, (3) Eddie (mom-Adeline) and Joe in old drive-in looking east to Minnehaha and Fransen's Store, (4) Joe in old drive-in, (5) Eddie (Adeline) in old drive-in
Sundaes 25 cents
California Hamburgers 30 cents
Ham Sand. 30 cents Steak Sand 30 cents
Ice Cold Milk Coca Cola
Grape 10 cents
45th & Minnehaha Ave. S
Built in 1962, Closed 1970 or 71
New building - 1960s - 1970s
(1) (2) (3) (4)
(1) Mural, (2) Pictures, (3) Booths, (4) Adeline Belmore, ex-wife, and "Little Eddy Belmore", the cook
Joe Belmore in new drive-in
Back of lot of new drive-in, looking west. Eddy and friends.
| Chicken in Basket
1.00 - 1.50
California Hamburger 40 cents
Pork Tenderette 45 cents
Steak Sand. 40 cents
Ham Sand. 40 cents
Hamburger 25 cents
Bar-B-Q Hamburger 25 cents
Cheese Sand. 35 cents
Cheeseburger 35 cents
Grilled Cheese 30 cents
Saucy Dog 30 cents
Hot Dog 20 cents
French Fries 25 cents
Fish Sandwich, etc. 50 cents
Beef Sandwich 45 cents
Steak Sand., etc. 75 cents
Malts 35 cents
Sundaes 30 cents
Sodas 25 cents
Root Beer 20 cents
Floats, Coca Cola, Grape
Lime N Lemon, Orange 25 cents
Double Hamburger 75 cents
Coca Cola 10 - 20 cents
Root Beer 10 -20 cents
Lime N Lemon 10 - 20 cents
Orange 10 - 20 cents
Grape 10 - 20 cents
Coffee 10 - 20 cents
Milk 10 cents
Chocolate Milk 10 cents
Hot Chocolate 10 cents
Popcorn 10 cents
Cones 15 -20 cents
~ Photos submitted by: Edward Belmore 3/16/12 ~
|~ 33 West Lake Street
I remember a popular pizza place that was always packed on Saturday nights.
We used to cruise down Lake Street on occasion with a car load of hungry teens to savor this pizza and check out who all was there.
La Pizzeria was located on the south side of West Lake Street between Nicollet and Blaisdell Avenues, a few doors east of Blaisdell.
It did not extend to the corner, and the address was 33 West Lake Street. "Next to the La Pizzeria was Champion Auto Parts, that went to the corner of Lake & Blaisdell", explains Wayne.
I notice that the Vogue Theater was located on the other side of La Pizzeria, just east of it, at 31 W. Lake Street.
I never saw a movie at the Vogue. It was too far from the regular theater favorites. It was renamed and eventually demolished.
Tom McNamee owned La Pizzeria, and it was opened in 1957 at 33 West Lake Street.
At some point, he purchased the President Cafe on Nicollet Avenue, because he knew the strip on Lake Street was going to be torn down.
In about 1963, when the strip was demolished, Tom moved his La Pizzeria business to the basement of the President Cafe.
It wasn't there too long, only about two years until 1964 or 1965.
Horsch's Meat Market was located on the southwest corner of Blaisdell and West Lake Street.
The La Pizzeria business moved into that spot when Horsch's went out of business in '64 or '65.
Later, in the 1990s the building was under different ownership and was renamed,
Champions Sports Bar & Grill; but La Pizzeria pizza was still in business there.
Today, you'll find a bar and eating place at that location, probably under still a different name.
In the last four years, the La Pizzeria pizza business was sold. *
The La Pizzeria location that we frequented in 1962 and years prior,
was the original location at 33 West Lake Street.
~ Sources: Dave Lindquist, RHS '62, Wayne Rixmann CHS '62, and Harald Huglen CHS '62 ~
* A conflicting comment with that provided above, in the paragraph above:
"The present location still has the same menu.
The only thing that changed is the name, Champions Sports Bar & Grill, corner of Lake and Blaisdell.
My brother, Tom is still the owner."
~ Bill McNamee, CHS '57 ~
~ McNamee owner of former La Pizzeria, Page 4 ~
Lake Hiawatha Park
A lot of changes are happening at Lake Hiawatha Park. Take a look at these pictures.
To view in more detail, click the icon in the lower right corner.
Photos taken 4/3/11
"This photo of Latham's Drive-In is from my Richfield yearbook from 1958.
Latham's was located at Lyndale Avenue South near the corner of 77th Street. It was on what would be the SE corner, but as I remember, back then 77th Street didn't cross Lyndale to the East.
Highway 100 (now 494) divided Richfield and Bloomington between 77th and 78th Streets."
Although this was not necessarily one of our hang-outs in '62, I thought it was an interesting contribution.
"Do I remember Marty's! Spent many hours
hanging out there. I was part of a picture taken in Marty's that was used
as an ad for Watkins vitamins.
It ran in Good Housekeeping magazine." (photo above)
"The only thing missing on the picture above was the cloud of cigarette smoke that hung in the air.
Of course Watkins vitamins didn't want that to show in their ad."
I asked Geoff if he could identify any of the students in the picture . . .
He replied, "I am the red-headed boy sitting directly across from the guy in the white shirt with the black numbers on it.
His name was Keith Ross (deceased '71). I'm seated in the booth in the back right corner behind the girl in the orange dress.
I know who most of the people were, and most of them were out of the class of '65.
The guy at the front table with his back to the camera was my brother, Mark Moore (deceased '74).
The girl at the front table is Carol Fredrickson and the guy she's feeding pizza to is Dave Quinlan.
Linda Bertrand is the girl sitting next to Keith Ross."
"Marty's was actually called Marty's Broiler. They served food and sold grandma Marty's homemade ice cream.
It was the hangout for Nokomis students after school."
~ Geoff Moore, RHS '66 ~
"Marty's malt shop was on 34th Avenue at 50th street and I knew one of his kids our age Faith Marty."
~ F. David Shrewsbury RHS '61 ~
"It was the malt shop across from Skylane Bowling. They had booths in the basement where kids sat to sneak a cigarette."
~Janice Dejoy, RHS '56 ~
"Marty's 5 hamburgers for a $1.00"
~Barbara (Battershell) Anderson, RHS '68 ~
"We used to go there after school (Nokomis) and play pinball. I think they had the 'Buck-a-roo'.
Now it's either a Pizza Hut or a Domino's. It's delivery or take out only."
~ Gregory Koberstein, RHS '70 ~
"I remember the old Marty's and did go in the basement once or twice, but mostly I remember Marty's after it was remodeled and
there was no access to the basement."
~ Geoff Moore, RHS '66 ~
"Marty's was across from the bowling alley and next to a gas station on one side and a laundromat on the other. It was at the opposite end of the strip center from the liquor store, on the north end of the complex.
The gas station was to the north of Marty's. I live out of state, but as far as I know the building is still there."
~ Geoff Moore, RHS '66 ~
"In Marty's location now is a PIZZA HUT. At one time, there was a jeweler there and a CPA/tax service office."
~ Dale Gordon, RHS '67 ~
~ Submitted by: Paulette,
February 14, 2011 ~
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