Things that aren’t here anymore

Bill Ruh wrote me a nostalgic e-mail which became the main topic of today’s column. He recalled past department stores and restaurants of his Inland Valley youth, places like W.T. Grant’s, Berger’s and the Rockette.

As promised in that column, today is set aside for your comments about Ruh’s list or about your own recollections of “things that aren’t here anymore.” Click on the “comments” button below and start writin’.

If you’re new to this blog, you can explore past entries by clicking on the roll call of categories or months along the righthand side. The “Eateries Past” link will be of particular interest — you can read comments there about Ontario’s old Mural House, for instance — as will the “Reminiscin'” link, which contains another Ruh reminiscence about car dealers of the Inland Valley’s past. When you’re reading an entry, click on the “comments” button to read what others wrote; sometimes they added intriguing info.

As will you, I hope. Thanks for dropping by.

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  • John Clifford

    One of my earliest memories of Pomona (I grew up in the Azusa/Glendora area) was when the family would take road trips east and we’d drive through the countryside along Foothill. After seeming hours (I was probably the one asking “are we there yet?”) we’d come to the top of a hill and there was the most futuristic building I had seen to that time. It was a large round building that at the time seemed like a flying saucer had landed, except that this one had a large sign over it that said Henry’s.

    We were always going somewhere so we never actually stopped there, but the memories are clear. When I was selling ads for the Covina Sentinel in the mid ’70s, the place was no longer Henry’s but housed a disco, of all things. Of course, it’s now one of the things that are no longer there.

    [Ah, Henry’s. I bought a book about architect John Lautner solely because there’s a two-page spread on Henry’s, which for you neophytes was a chicken restaurant on the northeast corner of Garey and Foothill. I know it only through photos. But what photos… DA]

  • Gino L. Filippi

    Vast vineyards of the valley, citrus groves, Santolucitos Market, Jong’s Chinese Restaurant (where Vince’s is located on Foothill Blvd), Dees Diner (Foothill & Archibald NE corner), Martinez Union 76 Station in Upland, The Upland Inn (downtown).

  • Will Bigham

    I have an old business I’m curious about, David. Maybe your Claremont readers can help me out.

    I found a mid-1960s picture of Second Street in the Village and there is a sign for a business called “The Lantern.”


    Does anyone remember The Lantern, right across the street from City Hall?

    Hopefully someone has an idea. Thanks David, I really like your b-l-o-g.

    [Can anyone help out Will on this? — DA]

  • Warren Halvorson

    I read with interest the column of things now gone. I remember the Kapu Kai and if I remember correctly, the building used to house a bowling alley and, yes, there was a volcano in the front. I remember some other things in Upland. Bill’s Ranch Market (now the DMV) and Nelson’s Chevron Station at the corner of Alta Ave and Foothill Blvd.

  • Jeff Gaul

    Hearing mention of The Rockette brought back memories. Our family went out to eat occasionally on Fridays, and the Rockette was one of our destinations (not to forget Vince’s). In addition to being a cool rock building, it was right across the street from one of my other favorites — the Valley Drive In theatre. As a kid, I enjoyed the playground area near the screen and the animal cages.

    [Do you remember the Monkeyland cage, with live monkeys? — DA]

  • Paul Neifert

    Since I left Ontario several years ago, your mention of Bill Ruh brought back the memories of why I admired Bill so much. I used to watch the Montclair television broadcasts and always admired the way he updated the council and the public whenever he had been away at out of town meetings. He was most informative and justified the expenses for his trip. Something that was woefully lacking by Ontario officials.

    Paul Neifert Victorville, CA

    [Hi, Paul. Thanks for dropping by. — DA]

  • Jon Scott

    My dad was a steel guitar player in the early ’50s and played at the old Blue Room on Holt. East of Mills on the county line. My grandmother would tell the story of dad coming home late one night with a blind piano player he met in the club. They were all hungry, so she warmed up beans and cornbread. Ray Charles said it was just like back home.

    Do I believe it? Well, grandma never lied. Now grandpa, that’s another story.

    [Well, I’ve heard from an eyewitness that a young Johnny Cash played Pomona in the ’50s, so anything’s possible… DA]

  • Tad Decker

    The mention of several old department stores has led me to reflect on the Montclair Plaza in its early days (yes, it is still there, but the mall as it was in my childhood is not “here anymore”).

    In the late ’60s, there were three anchor stores –The Broadway, JC Penney, and May Co — on one level, in a sea of asphalt (no parking structure). In the center of the plaza, in front of the JC Penney store and under skylights and a sculpture of a flock of birds, was the famous clock tower.

    The floors were of highly polished terrazo, and there was no food court. In that era, there were I think just three sit-down restaurants (the Hollander Cafeteria, the Jolly Roger, and one near the clock tower), and an Orange Julius.

    Not all of the stores were national chains — the Fallis’ department store had a branch called Fallis’ West, and I am sure there were other local merchants.

    There was a movie theater (“Cinemas I & II”) in the current location of the Macaroni Grill, and the remainder of the area along the 10 Fwy was essentially vacant.

    To the north of the Plaza was the Montgomery Ward store (the site of the current Target), but to the east there only a cluster of older commercial buildings, the Holiday Roller Rink, and a rundown motel.

    [Not to mention the Green Door bar. Hey, Tad, thanks for the look back at Montclair Plaza. Most of that info was new to me. — DA]

  • Julia Parra

    I really enjoyed the walk down memory lane today, via your column, with Bill Ruh. I have fond memories of the places Bill mentioned, and some others as well.

    Back in the ’50s there was a dairy on East “D” Street in Ontario, where Mariposa School is now. My father was a milker there, and one day my siblings left one of the corral gates open, and the cows headed west on “D” Street toward town. I’m not sure how far they got before everyone was asking “where’s the beef?”

    Speaking of town, there was McMahan’s Furniture, where our first color television came from, and Pep Boys, which carried the highly coveted Stingray bicycles. Of course, Newberry’s and Gemmel’s Pharmacy both had soda fountains, and the smell of fresh popcorn was always wafting through the air at Newberry’s.

    The Granada Theatre always had the latesst movies, and ushers dressed in real usher attire. With Christmas just recently passed, who can forget the Land of Toys on West B Street? For those of us who had to have the latest fashions, there was Fallis’.

    With President’s Day approaching next month, I am reminded of the penny toss on Euclid Avenue. As I recall, a convertible would drive northbound on Euclid Avenue, with someone sitting on top of it tossing pennies onto Euclid Ave. Children would be lined up on both sides of the street, and would scramble for as many pennies as they could. Perhaps those pennies would be used for penny candy at Conrad’s (northwest corner of D Street and Allyn Ave., or Earl’s (southwest corner of D Street and Campus Ave.)

    I could just go on and on about Ontario, but I will close now, and hope that this topic will get more time/space in your column, and perhaps an “Ontario A to Z” like Pomona did a few years ago.

    [Thanks for dropping by, Julia. — DA]

  • Pat Wiese

    When I was in high school (1956-59) Henry’s on Foothill was the big hangout. I started my sophomore year at Pomona High in Sept. 1956 after it burned in May. We called it “Portable High.” We used the Fox Theatre for our rallies and the YMCA for our after-game dances. We also went to the Rainbow Gardens for dances. Little Richard performed one night and Cande Mendoza was DJ. Mr. Mendoza is a member of the PUSD school board now.

    [Little Richard! Wow. — DA]

  • Bob House

    RE: “The Lantern” — if you look closely at the photo, the sign actually says, “The Pink Lantern” and “Gifts.” I don’t recall it specifically, but it would make sense to have an upscale gift shop (precursor to Carkle Sudie, et al today) next to an upscale clothing store for “ladies who lunch” — Town and Country, which I do remember.

    I was puzzled by the “Cafe” sign on the SW corner of 2nd and Harvard, across from the post office. I remember that corner location as The Rack, a preppy clothing store, and as a sporting goods store, but not as a cafe. You can’t see it, but this photo was taken before a “remodel” ruined the great county library building just across 2nd from the post office.

  • Mike Horak

    Add Stinkys to your list, it used to be located in Upland just north of Foothill on Mountain. They had the greatest hamburgers in town. Everyone used to carve their initials in Stinkys large heavy tables. Try doing that at your local Chilis!

    I always felt a connection with their hamburgers because my dads meat market in Ontario used to supply them and other restaurants with patties. I can still remember watching that machine crank them out.

    Your article mentions the groves and department stores; I have fond memories of both. For several years we lived on 21st street in Upland. My grandfather oversaw several orchards and we lived in the middle of 20 acres of lemons. Between Mountain and San Antonio there were only five houses and one of those included a chicken ranch. Citrus blooms, smudge pots, immigrant workers, playing on the huge rock walls and riding on my grandfathers tractor are all memories now.

    Atwoods in Upland lead your list of department stores. Four generations of my family owned the building where Atwoods was located, starting with my great grandparents, who retired from the income leasing to Atwoods and renting out the upstairs apartments.

    For many years Atwoods had the most unusual checkout system. The sales clerk would hand write your receipt, put your money and receipt in a jar, attach the jar to a contraption and pull a cord to send the jar along a cable to the second floor where the cashers office was. The casher would make your change and send to jar back down the cable. Imagine Target with such a set up! Were all way too impatient these days.

    Thank you for your column and a chance for all of us who have lived in the IE all our lives to reminisce.

    [You’re welcome, Mike! Those were great contributions. By the way, the Orange Belt Emporium in Pomona, I’m told, had the same pulley/jar system as Atwood’s. I’d have loved to have seen it. — DA]

  • Charles Bentley


    For someone who remembers growing up in Ontario with a vineyard at the end of the street and a dairy just a few blocks away, it’s always amazing to see how the local area has changed. And my father, who came to Ontario as a boy, laughs when I refer to my memories as “the old days!”

    So many have already put forth names and locales that have faded into the haze of days gone by. Here are a few more to add and (hopefully) elicit a few nods and smiles along the way. (Please forgive any misspellings; some of the names are being dredged from personal recollections.)

    When it comes to shopping, how about the ABC Store in Montclair? Rasco on Fourth Street in Ontario? White Front in Ontario? There was the Blue Chip Stamp Redemption Center in Ontario. And how many generations of high school students had senior pictures taken at Wayne Moore Photography on Euclid Avenue?

    Want to have a good time? How about the Thunderbird Bowl on Mountain Avenue? The Mount Baldy Drive-in in La Verne? The Mountain Green Theaters in Upland? Or you could play nine holes at the La Mancha Golf Course in Cucamonga.

    David (and others who read this blog) know I have a passing acquaintance with local eateries. Here are a few to recall — Martinez’s (Campus & Foothill in Upland), RoVal’s (Foothill Blvd. in Cucamonga), Casiletti’s Polka Palace (Highland Ave. in Etiwanda), Berliner Kindel (Mission Ave., Pomona), The Depot (Claremont), The Noble Inn (Foothill Blvd., Upland), Burger Q (Mountain Ave., Ontario), Rochambeau’s (Foothill in La Verne; I believe it was used as a location in the Gabe Kaplan movie “Fast Break”), and the Crystal Cafeteria (Holt Ave., Pomona).

    Change is a constant in life. To deny it is to deny the chance to make things better. But the past is the foundation upon which everything is built, so remembering what has been sets a standard for what will be.

    [As always, an outstanding roundup, Charles. I knew you’d weigh in on this. — DA]

  • ray escoto

    Does anyone remember the Hillbilly Restaurant in Pomona? I believe on the N/W corner of Holt & Towne. Great hamburgers & fries. My parents loved that place. So did I.

  • JMac

    Wow, some great recollections so far. So I’ll add to the fun and nostalgia.

    I grew up in what is now known as the Hacienda Historical District in Pomona. My playground was Casa Primera and the Alvarado adobe, as both were on the block. Having a steady supply of vitamin c at the ready was great for us kids in need of a quick snack during the summer. Although, growing up in the early ’60s, we were subjected to ugly smog conditions that had all of us feeling like we had smoked 3 packs of cigarettes by lunch time.

    Hopping on my Schwinn Stingray, I would venture up to the Hamiltons and Alpha Beta on Garey and Willow. There were several times during those days that the Alpha Beta would have some kids celebrity there on a Saturday afternoon.

    When we got tired of all the fruit in the neighborhood, we’d venture to such locales as the brand new Burger Chef on Garey & Artesia, or Margies Hi Drive-In on Garey & Orange Grove.

    When I needed a fresh supply of comics to read, the best place for those was White Way Market. Plus they had better penny candy than anywhere else.

    Until one of the neighbors put in a trendy kidney-shaped pool, we’d all end up in the Ganesha plunge for summer swims. The park icon was that aqua fiberglass shark. I now wonder who on the parks commission thought of putting that and the smaller sea turtles there.

    Across from Lincoln School was the Melody Pet Store, where the owners at the time had an ocelot in the store. We’d go down there just to see that. Then there was Heidi’s Toy store, which if I recall, had a big slot car track, where enthusiasts could race.

    All this reminiscing is making me hungry. I sure could go for a hot turkey sandwich from the Heritage House. Or the world famous Chicken in the Rough from the aforementioned Henry’s. Finish it off with a Valley Forge from the Betsy Ross. Just imagine how many more lunch places you could go to David if some of these were still around. I’m guessing the century mark would be toast in ’08.


    [Makes me wish I were a child in Pomona in the ’60s… Thanks, Jim. — DA]

  • Greg Orman

    Though I’ve only been in the area for a little over 20 years, reading all these comments has been great. And I even remember a few of the places mentioned.

    One of the things I miss is a relatively recent loss. I love the old field stone buildings that dot the area, and some of the few still occupied during my time here were the homes and outbuildings on the northeast corner of Central Ave and Arrow Rte (not Arrow Hwy!) in Upland. Now those buildings and their orchards are gone, replaced by a generic suburban apartment complex.

    Of course change is constant and progress is necessary, but here’s to hoping we don’t remove all traces of the valley’s past and character in the process.

  • Carla

    How about La Piccoletta in Claremont? It was owned by an Italian woman named Linda for over 25 years. You always knew you were going to get a great dish of pasta because she was always in that open kitchen cooking. Her pasta was better than pasta I have eaten in Italy. No excuses just incredible food.

    The restaurant is still there with the same name but she sold it a few years ago and her great food is just a memory now. It was one of life’s great pleasures…

    [Sad to say I haven’t been there. I kind of forget it’s there, and then you can’t look inside and that intimidates me a bit. Maybe I’ll hit it this year. — DA]

  • Carla

    Well David it still has the name La Piccoletta and it is still a unique cozy place but the great pasta left the building when Linda did.

  • Scott

    How about Lomitas golf course where the embattled Wal-Mart will soon be?

    Does anyone remember the ping-pong ball drops that used to be held in the old parking lot behind the then-Thrifty on Fourth st? Market Basket and Woolworth’s in the same plaza where Albertsons is.

    Here’s one that a handful of you may remember: On Fifth and Monte Vista there was an old house with a chicken coop (there’s a monument of an old train there now.) The man who lived at that old house used to sell eggs door to door. He was a very nice old Austrian man who smoked a pipe named Mr. Ollerman.

    Milk delivery from Scott Bros dairy. The Helms truck. How about the old split-level JC Penney’s down on Euclid. One more for now. The old Miller’s Outpost on I think B and Euclid. It too was a split level and I remember getting school clothes there.

    [Now why didn’t anyone think of putting a golf course back at Fifth and Mountain instead of a Wal-Mart? — DA]

  • Scott

    O’Reilly’s on Holt just east of Mountain. Charbroiled burgers (unusual for the time), and a sundae bar where you made your own sundae. Family owned. The Paint Bucket is there now.

    In about 1966 there was an old fashioned soda fountain shop in the strip mall where the 99 Cent Store is on Mountain and B. It was good but didn’t catch on. It was cool though.

  • Linda

    Amen to Henry’s in Pomona, don’t forget Burger Lane in Ontario, it was another hang-out for the Chaffey kids. Does anyone remember Edward’s Ranch House on Mission, I believe it would have been in Montclair today. Best chicken dinners around (of course they only featured Chicken Dinners), sort of a local Knotts Berry.

    [Incidentally, Burger Lane is now Sammy’s Burger, about which you can read here in a late December “Restaurant of the Week” account. — DA]

  • Randall Volm

    Dear David,

    Wow! What a column you have written! I sure hope it inspires more people to write in and reflect on “What’s not here anymore.”

    While reading through all the posts, I could not help but shed a tear or two at all the places mentioned that I have missed dearly.

    I would like to share my experiences of growing up in the I.E. for all of my 45 years.
    Why, I remember the days of going to department stores such as Zody’s and Gemco. Remember Price Club? (before Costco) Home Club? Builders Emporium, just to name a few.

    On the restaurant side, there is a whole slew of places worth a mention. The Jolly Roger, The Arbor Inn, Alphie’s (now a Denny’s at Foothill Blvd and San Antonio Ave.), Betsy Ross, and of corse, who could forget Ferrell’s Ice Cream Parlor, that sat in the northwest corner of the Montclair Plaza parking lot? The Thunderbird Lanes Coffee Shop? (I apologize, for the name of it escapes me).

    On the entertainment side, a few of the places I can remember, is the Mountain Green theater in the Mervyn’s plaza in Upland. It was a small, dainty theater boasting only 4 screens. Then there was the go-cart race track at the southwest corner of 7th Steet and Benson Ave. One could drive a motorized go-cart around a track filled with all kinds of twists and turns, and be timed driving it.

    I, too, also remember the Montclair Plaza theaters. The original two up front (behind the plaza), then later added five more in the rear which is now hosts a 24-hour fitness center. Who can remember the Montclair Tri-plex on Holt Blvd? which later became the Five-plex? I can remember going there and seeing the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the midnight showings more times than I care to mention, and then going to Michael J’s Restaurant afterwards.

    But the one place that has always had the biggest effect on me being now gone, is the A&W Drive-In. Situated near the corner of Holt Blvd and Mountain Ave in Ontario, one could still pull up, order a meal, and eat it in their vehicle. Even at the time before its demise, gone were the days where the waitresses wore roller skates.

    In closing, it’s like what everyone else is saying, that it’s all a part of change. I’m sure in 10 years or so, we might be reflecting on what used to be Starbucks, Target, Best Buy, and yes, even Cold Stone Creamery.

    One may or may not like change. It’s progress that can’t be stopped.

    Incidentally, Tad, that restaurant that used to sit in front of the clock tower in the Montclair Plaza was a Bob’s Big Boy ๐Ÿ™‚

    [Randall, thanks to adding to our roll call of past pleasures. Glad you enjoyed this blog thread so much. The ability for people to add comments really makes this the perfect venue for this type of reminiscence, doesn’t it? — DA]

  • David

    I moved to the Pomona valley 30 years ago but moved away in 2003. Some restaurants that I miss are the Crystal Cafeteria, Breakfast at Carls, The Montclair Peanut Co. and Olivers on Foothill Blvd. in Upland. The west side of Pomona used to have so much hustle and bustle when General Dynamics was in business. I miss Buffums, Nash’s and getting blue chip stamps at Stater Bros.

  • gina

    I remember the Holiday skating rink in Montclair that is where the McDonald’s is now. Then there was the giant slide in front of it…. I have a permanent scar on my leg from falling off the burlap sack. Also the restaurant that was in the now Target parking lot. It had a giant windmill and I think that it was called the Hollander???

    [The Hollander Cafeteria, I think. — DA]

  • Randall Volm

    Dear David,

    I find myself here once again, ready to add more to the nostalgic list of places “no longer there.”

    While I was growing up, I started working for a restaurant called Mr. Steak. Located near the corner of Foothill Blvd. & Mountain Ave. in Upland (talk about a blast from the past) for 3 to 4 years before it went under.

    After that, I worked odd jobs between here and there, til I landed a job at General Dynamics in Pomona. I worked there for nearly 5 years and met a slew of wonderful people, whom I wished I kept in contact with but didn’t.

    I, too, remember Market Basket in Ontario. My grandfather use to take us kids there all the time so he could get his peppermints :).

    During my years of attending Upland High School, my brother and I use to short-cut across the field that was next to the school. At that time, we enjoyed ourselves at James Games, had a large yogurt at That Yogurt Place, and if we had time, stopped in at the Wherehouse Records.

    These were some of my fondest memories growing up, and I’m sure I’ll be back writing some more ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danny Mac

    Those were the days, my friends, I’d thought they never end…I just witnessed the demolition of the “Boy’s” Market on Indian Hill (Alexander in the ’50s) and Holt last week. My Dad grew up across the street before Sears was there in a orange grove home. The store had the big column sticking up in the sky with “Boy’s” in neon. I had one of my first jobs there as a butcher’s assistant in the meat dept. I graduated to another famous landmark, Farrell’s at the Montclair Plaza, where I served banana splits and ran the Zoo up and down the aisle. Thank you all for the good memories.

    • Bruce N. Wheelock

      Oh, I remember that Boy’s Market! I used to work in the Sears auto shop behind the Sears store in the shopping mall across the street. Was working there on August 30, 1972, the day my son was born.

      My father-in-law, “Mac” McKnight, and his family moved to Pomona in the late 60s, after he was hired as controller of that Sears store; he had been promoted to controller of the Boyle St. store in Los Angeles shortly before I met Sue. So it was thanks to Sears that I got to find her (we met in the Drama Department at Pomona High School).

      I also recall a Standard Brands paint store diagonally across from that shopping mall, and I think there was also a separate large hardware store very close to it, though it is possible that was also just part of Standard Brands.

      Directly adjacent to the Sears auto shop, across the side street, was the military recruiting office where I enlisted in the Navy in the autumn of 1972.

  • judi

    I grew up primarily in Montclair, and I held part-time jobs in different businesses to put myself through college. This column made me wonder if I might be the Kiss of Death employee, as they are now all gone:

    Hickory Farms in the Montclair Plaza (I stood at the door and offered samples of their Beef Stick: “It’s 100% beef, no pork, garlic, or pepper, it’s smoked so it’s good for backpacking, hiking, or camping…”), A&M Bakery and The California Fit in the K-Mart shopping strip, The Montclair Cinemas 1 & 2 (Imagine, two choices for films at one location!), The Lace Place, a tiny little store in a nearly abandoned shopping mall on the corner of White and Foothill in La Verne, and my longest tenure, at Dick’s Exxon on the corner of Monte Vista and So. Plaza Ln. where I was one of the last honest-to-goodness gas station attendants who actually pumped the gas, washed windows, checked the oil, etc. (In fact, The Daily Report ran a story and picture about me, as it was unusual for a girl to be employed in such a “male-dominated field.”)

    I worked there when gas prices rose to ONE DOLLAR A GALLON!! You should have heard the uproar then. Oh, have times changed! Just think back about a week when we got excited when gas dropped down to $3.07!

    Yes, these places are no more, and I just hope that I wasn’t somehow responsible for their demise. I don’t think so, but since I now work from home, I just keep an eye open for any incoming meteor. You never know.

  • Linda

    Hey! I’m back. Someone out there has to remember Rudy Pocks on Euclid in Ontario, where the coolest kids went to listen and buy the coolest records in the ’50s, those individual listening booths were the “most.” How about those after-dance dinners at Seapys on Holt in Pomona and The Jade Palace on Holt in Ontario. Those were the days!!!

  • Linda

    Hi David, The Burger Lane I was writing about was there in the 1950s, a little east of Sammy’s, just a small little drive-thru where we all met and hung out. Your column is why I buy this paper:).

    [Why, thank you, Linda. — DA]

  • JMac

    Gina was wondering…..It had a giant windmill and I think that it was called the Hollander??? Gina and David, that would have been the Van De Kamps coffee shop. i believe a few others popped up in the area around 1967-68.

    [Well, there was a Hollander Cafeteria, if not there, then somewhere else, because I’ve heard the name. About Van de Kamp’s, there was one in downtown Pomona in the prewar era at Second and Garey, and later there was one on Holt and East End. It later became Tacos Mexico before being bulldozed earlier this decade. — DA]

  • Randall Volm

    Dear Judi,

    You mentioned some of the places I’ve forgotten about.

    Another one of my fondest memories of growing up in this area, I do recall a girl working at a gas station adjacent to the the Montclair Plaza on Monte Vista. I saw you a few times there when I pulled in and needed gas. I thought you were really cute, but never got up the courage enough to ask you out.

    And no, you are not responsible for the places you’ve worked at that are now gone. Much like victims of a crime, victims are never at fault. So smile Judi, makes people wonder what you’ve been up to ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also remember visiting Best Products (now where Best Buy is), TG&Y.

    We lived right behind a Safeway near Foothill Blvd. & Euclid Ave., what would now be called a strip-mall. Back then it was easy for any of us kids to go there on our bikes. Oh how fun it was in those times, especially during summer where we would also ride our bikes to Thrifty Drug for their famous Ice Cream ๐Ÿ™‚ THAT was a treat! And sometimes we would shop at Coronet.

    The two places I really miss at that location was a Straw Hat Pizza, and an Old World Delicatessen.

    Thanks, David, for helping us reminisce. I never thought for a moment that I would miss so much, not until I had written it down.

  • Jim Lee

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned these long-gone Pomona restaurants — Orlando’s at Erie and Holt. That was quite restaurant for impressing one’s date. Same goes for the St. Charles Grille near Holt and Garey. Further west there was The Pomona Valley Inn which at one time was a nice restaurant and hotel.

    • Bruce N. Wheelock

      I was so sad when I visited Pomona several years ago and discovered that Orlando’s (Erie and Holt) was gone. On June 3, 1972, I married Susan McKnight at First Baptist Church (Garey and Holt) (Dr. Ted Cole did the ceremony). Our wedding reception was at Orlando’s Restaurant.

      I have a few pictures from our wedding album of the reception itself, and out in the parking lot as we departed.

      What I wish is that we were closing in on our 43rd anniversary. But she passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, due to pneumonia, on April 2, 1989, five days after her 36th birthday.

  • John Clifford

    Wow, lots of memories. As I was catching up I suddenly realized why we never stopped to eat at Henry’s. Most likely we were on our way to the place we ALWAYS stopped on trips east along Foothill, Griswolds. Up until its demise (now Buca di Beppo) it was the place for Swedish Smorgasbord. Of course, dad wouldn’t allow us to buy anything in the gift shop, but we had fun looking. Years later in the mid ’70s they were a client of mine as I sold ads for the Old School House complex which the Sandersons had just created around their landmark restaurant.

    • Junior Samples

      Bit O’Sweden?

      • John Clifford

        No, Griswolds smorgasbord.

        • Bruce N. Wheelock

          If I recall correctly โ€ฆ and it’s been 175 years or something, so probably not โ€ฆ but the Griswold’s smorgasbord sign also had “Swedish” on it in very large letters. Am I right about that?

  • jerry lerma

    It’s about time someone mentioned Orlando’s. It was THE restaurant in Pomona. What about The Brasilia on west Holt, a mid-modern night club and restaurant inspired by the new (in 1960) Brazilian capital city. It’s a rehab center now : (

    Oh, BTW, that “hillbilly” restaurant someone mentioned was called “Seepee’s” or “Seapey’s”, or something like that and it wasn’t hillbilly so much as old west, with wagon wheel chandeliers and a covered wagon motif throughout. They served a great chicked fried steak.

  • Duane

    I remember there being a gas station owned by Dandurand on the corner of Central and Benito where the doughtnut shop is now. It was at the time the only other business in front of the Mayfair Market.

    There used to be a large fountain where the Montclair City Council chambers now sit. I recall it used to get a regular treatment of soap which resulted in a lot of foam.

    Just north of the Mayfair used to be Fred’s T-Bird on San Bernardino. They made great grinders and french fries. I had a very good friend that also was a female attendent at Dick’s Exxon on Monte Vista.

    At Monte Vista and Arrow Hwy behind the “NEW” (at the time) fire station and south of the water tank were three sets of baseball fields. There also was a nursery at the south end of Montclair Plaza. The Montclair High School Band played at its grand opening (Mr Ruh most likely was a band member in attendance).

    Where the RV dealer now sits on Benson and Moreno was a Malibu Grand Prix. Before the Mission Drive In became a fourplex, there was a house that the manager and his family lived in along the west side of Ramona.

    And finally, speaking of houses, there was a very mysterious couple that lived in a house at the NE corner of Monte Vista and Palo Verde. They raised chickens and sold eggs.

  • JMac

    David, the Hollander Cafeteria was inside the Mall, and the Van De Kamps was a standalone restaurant across the street on Moreno.

    Now speaking of Burger Lane, the one I recall was on Holt & Erie, across from Orlando’s.

    Much like Henry’s, the Taco Kitchen holds a fond memory for me.

  • Ramona Fredericks

    The comment by Pat Wiese about attending Pomona High brought back fond – and not so fond – memories of the fire which destroyed it in 1956. I was a junior at the time and our “place” was the A and W Root Beer stand just down the street. Haven’t had a Momma Burger since.

    Incidentally, when we returned for our senior year in 1957 to the portable classrooms on the site of PHS, we called it “Charcoal Tech.”

    Mr. Mendoza of the PUSD board was my teacher in sixth grade at Kauffman Elementary before the termites ate it up. Gosh, I’m old.

    Here’s to the old days.

    Ramona Fredericks

  • Steve Julian

    My dad was a Pomona police officer and went into Seapy’s at Holt and San Antonio for coffee after Pomona HS burned down. He met my mom there after flipping a coin with another officer for who would ask her out. He never told her whether he won or lost the bet.

    Someone mentioned Orlando’s restaurant at Holt & Erie. My first day of work there in 1975 was Mother’s Day. What a madhouse. I nearly quit, but stuck it out until the 4th of July. Espiau’s wasn’t far away on Holt, and within blocks of the S&H Green Stamp Redemption Center.

    I, too, remember Boy’s Market, Market Basket and the much smaller Stater Bros at Garey and Alvarado. Across from it was Chicken Delight, which delivered hot dinners stapled inside paper plates. We also shopped at Jenkins market, which is now a U-Haul center and ate at Sir George’s on Garey, which is now a church.

    A department store that I didn’t read about in previous comments is White Front in Montclair.

    And who can forget the porpoise fountains along the mall in Pomona, and Kress. Another good store was John P Evans in the Sears complex on Holt. My grandmother worked at Orange Belt at Garey and 1st, but I was too young to remember the pulley system someone mentioned.

    [Welcome to NPR correspondent and Pomona native Steve Julian! Loved the Seapy’s story about your parents. Two corrections: John P. Evans wasn’t at Sears, unless they had a second store there. It should be noted too that the porpoise fountain is still along Second Street. — DA]

  • Lois R

    Betsy Ross was the absolute best. It was THE place to go after the high school football games. I remember getting Dill Pickle ice cream. Anyone else remember that?

  • Marlene H.

    Here are a few others: Ole’s Home Improvement on Mountain just north of the 10 fwy which was on the same block as the Upland DMV. Also, Hamburger Ding-A-Ling on Euclid and I think D Street. I have no recollection of the quality of the food, but calling the kitchen from the phone on your table to place your order was really cool.

    A few blocks north was Pepe’s Mexican Food. How about the “House of Pies” restaurant on Mountain and 4th? Also, Armstrong’s Garden Center across the street. I would buy flowers for my Mom on Mother’s Day from them every year.

    [Among my keenest regrets in life is that I wasn’t here when the Inland Valley had a restaurant named House of Pies. — DA]

  • Sue Anne

    Hello everyone…I am loving this topic….how about The Leaning Tower of Pizza that had a leaning tower out in front on Euclid Ave years ago? The pizza was good and the tower was plain old tacky fun. There was also another pizza place the name escapes me that was owned by a local family (Italian even) that had a few locations…was it called Romas?

  • Tad Decker

    Steve Julian mentioned the John P. Evans store…David was correct in stating that the store was in downtown Pomona, not at the Sears center (that is–Pomona Valley Center, Indian Hill Village, Indian Hill Mall, Plaza Azteca, and today occupied by the PUSD).

    I think Steve may have been thinking of the Ewart’s mens clothing store, as they had a store downtown AND at the Pomona Valley Center on Holt. Although it was not their original location downtown, in my childhood the Ewart’s store was on the northwest corner of Second and Thomas (in the Union Block).

    John P. Evans was an amazing store. I bought my first suit there about 1980 (nice brown polyester!). Walking into the store was like walking back in time; the front display windows were of an art deco style, leading to double wood and glass doors; inside, the floors were maple planks, and the high ceiling was ornately pressed metal (by that time painted dark brown.) The west wall was lined with dark oak shelving with glass doors, behind which were displayed dress shirts, hats, and the like. The storefront to the west was the men’s shoe department. Behind that was the women’s Pendleton department, and at the rear of the rambling store was the boys department.

    The store had been in business since 1911 at the same location! It lasted until the early 1980s, when John A. Evans retired. It was in every sense a Pomona landmark.

    [Thanks for the confirmation and added info, Tad. — DA]

  • Marilyn Varney

    I liked Greene’s Deli in Pomona. Another Greenes was added in Claremont just east of Towne and Foothill by the Stater Bros. My memory of Market Basket in the Pomona Sears Shopping center (west end) was two free lobsters courtesy of the Lohman and Barkley Radio Show. Another memory is the local radio station would forecast when the orange grove smudgepots should be set out when the weather got cold.

  • D.L. MacLaughlan-Dumes

    This has been a wonderful thread.

    Three places that loom large in my memory: Rosedale’s Nursery on the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill, excellent perennials and roses, taken over by Armstrong’s before its demise in the 1980s.

    The second: Huling’s Stationery at the corner of Second and Harvard. In the late 1960s you could still buy a variety of exotic writing papers, leather-bound notebooks, steel nibs and pen holders, inks galore, and fountain pens that were affordable for high schoolers like me (the Parker 45 was only $5 and had a gold nib).

    The store eventually moved a little down Harvard and changed its name, becoming more like an Office Depot and losing its magic as it did so.

    Yale Books on Yale Ave. in the sixties, mostly used textbooks and paperbacks, stacks of books high enough to fall on top of you as you perused, but all affordable.

    [From this Claremonter, thanks for dropping by. — DA]

  • judi

    Hi David,

    I realize this blog isn’t a place for personal correspondence, but if you could please indulge me?

    Dear Randall,

    Your post both flattered and stunned me. I had a secret admirer way back then?! Wow. But I have to sadly report, that like all the other things listed in this thread, that cute girl no longer exists. (Or as my son at age 6 said when he saw a picture of me at age 19, “That was you? Mama, you used to be pretty!”)

    But I thank you for your kind remembrance, and for a brief moment yesterday, I was again that young (thin) girl, reeking of petroleum products, with a world full of promises ahead of me, and I did smile.

    Also, if you had asked me out, I would have been flattered then, too, but I would have had to politely decline. During that time, I was either going steady with a nice boy from high school, or I was dating the sweetest man on the planet who would eventually become my husband, and who has put up with my craziness for almost 30 years now.

    Again, I thank you for your kind words.

    Dear Duane,

    Hi, nice boy from high school. I was surprised to see you here!

    Now, back to David: Your blog is an amazing thing. It educates, entertains, and breaches the time-space continuum. Can you patent this somehow?

    [If only! — DA]

  • Jim Lee

    Three other Pomona favories that I miss include the greasy spoon Apex Cafe on Garey at Second/Third, Saritas Mexican food on Holt and The Hull House on Mission.

    A few people have mentioned Seapy’s which I also remember as a kid — especially their treasure chest filled with small toys and trinkets where kids could select and keep a small toy. Great marketing ploy as we’d always beg our parents to take us there.

  • Warren

    Well, having put one post on here does not seem to do justice. Reading the comments has rattled my brain and brought back lots of memories (even of places still around).

    Yes, Betsy Ross was the place to go after football games. Does anyone remember the air museum on Foothill? I think it finally moved to the Chino Airport.

    I remember my college days and would commute between Long Beach and Upland on the weekends. I used to drive the Pomona freeway when it first opened between Euclid and the 605. In “those” days you would be lucky to see 5-8 cars on the freeway. I last drove it in 1997 on a vacation and it was a parking lot.

    Dave, as I told you in an email, I recall the McDonald’s in Upland and the stink that was raised about the building and the sign. First McDonald’s that I had seen that looked like a square box and a sign on a pole that simply said McDonald’s and now you tell me that it has a ’50s look and Mr. Speedy on the sign.

    I grew up in the Foothill Knolls area. Of couse at that time there was nothing above 14th Street. When my parents moved to Upland I think the population was about 15,000 and when I left the population was about 50,000.

    I remember when the Montclair Plaza was built – one story and one level of parking. I came back to Los Angeles in 1988 and friends in Victorville suggested going to the Plaza and I wondered – Why? Well, it was multiple parking deck and two levels. Man, this brings back memories.

  • Sue Anne

    David..please don’t let this topic disappear…could you please put it back on the main blog a little longer? I know everyone has enjoyed it and some people are looking for it right now. Many of us have been in the area all our lives and this has been a great walk down memory lane. Thanks…

  • JMac

    Well we gotta at least get this posting to 50 comments!

    The recollections of those regarding long time (now long gone) clothing stores, reminded me of what local businesses my family supported throughout my childhood.

    My father being a local businessman himself, we as a family did most of our buying in the locally run emporiums. Ewarts, JP Evans, Freemans Shoes, Hillens Tv’s, et al got the family business. Until the last of them disappeared, my family supported them to the end, as they in turn did business with my father.

    It’s a much tougher proposition nowdays, but I try and do my best, to support family-owned businesses. Sure the corporate Big Box stores may save you some $$$, but for the most part you’re just another number. I like a friendly face who cares and appreciates that I do business with them.

    Speaking of TVs (nice segue,eh?), who remembers when all consoles had names to describe the model? Very regal sounding electronic units like..”The Barrington” or “The Broxton.” Nowdays its a Sony lcd kdfe60a or something similar. Of course no TV today comes wrapped up in ornate faux cabinetry to deserve such a moniker.

    [That’s 49… DA]

  • Steve F.

    Anyone remember Jan’s Seafood? It was located on the NW corner of Towne and Holt on the same lot as the aforementioned “Hillbilly Restaurant.” I think it was called Hillbilly Haven but I can’t remember for sure, just remember they had a lot of fistfights on Friday nite in the parking lot! Jan’s was built later, it was kind of a narrow building that sat on the north end of that lot.

    Another thing I remember was the old Orange Julius that was across the street from the old Pomona High. A few of us kids ran all the way from Kingsley Elementary down there to watch the old school burn in 1956. It was the biggest fire I’ve ever seen – sure was a shame to see that majestic structure destroyed.

    One more was a drug store that was on the SW corner of Holt & Towne, I think it was one of the Hamilton Drugs, but I’m not sure. When I was just a small kid I had a crush on a pretty brunette named Priscilla that worked there. Someone had mentioned the sharks at Ganesha Hills Park, I had forgotten about them, but I now remember when they put them in. They were pretty cool at that time! Good blog, keep it going!

    […and that’s 50 comments! — DA]

  • Joanne Boyajian

    Hi David, OK, here are some of my own memories (not newer ones from working in the Model Colony Room!): the O’Reilly’s Restaurant was owned in part by Dr. William Kelber, longtime veterinarian and library board member in Ontario.

    When we moved to Ontario in 1953, there were only a few markets we went to – the Shopping Bag on Foothill just east of Euclid (now PepBoys?), Torley’s on B St in Ontario and King Cole out on Holt Blvd.

    And from hubbie: his dad had a hotd og stand called Manny’s on Holt Ave just across from the old Pomona High School. One could get to it using the pedestrian underpass (!!) going under Holt from the school to the north side of Holt.

    [I’ve heard of that underpass! Never knew you could use it for access to hot dogs. What a concept. — DA]

  • Steve Julian

    Tad, thanks – I’d forgotten about Ewarts. Oddly enough, we shopped so often at JP Evans: my dad got his police uniforms there and I got Boy Scout apparel in the back . I also liked to sort through baseball bats and gloves at Beamon’s along the mall.

    Across from Sears, along Holt at Indian Hill/Mills, was Standard Brands and Angels Hardware, where my dad liked to buy wood and colored plastic for his homemade cabinets. In the Indian Hill Village, just west of Sears, was Larry Wellin’s Jewelers. Once the Village deteriorated, Larry moved his store to Holt and Central. A son opened another store in Chino; the primary one is now gone.

    And speaking of Holt Avenue, remember the stationery store Stockwell & Binney? Across the street, on the southeast corner, was Mel’s drive-through. Room for just one or two cars next to the walk-up window. I loved the sauce on those skimpy burgers, which I’d get after one of the Lawson brothers on Third Street east of Garey sheared my head. Didn’t Mel’s get turned into a locksmith shop?

    One other memory is construction of the Montclair Plaza. My grandfather suffered angina for several years and was in Pomona Valley Community Hospital in 1968 and 1969 when the plaza went up. I could see the progress from his room.

    [I don’t know about a locksmith shop, but in recent years Mel’s was a sketchy place called the Smoke Shop, and a druggie hangout, until police and City Hall got them shut down last year. — DA]

  • Steve Julian

    Oh, one more memory. Tad, the radio station that gave the smudge pot reports on those chilly nights was 50,000 watt clear channel AM 640 KFI – “Earle C. Anthony, Incorporated.”

  • Charles Bentley


    Since Steve has touched on the subject of radio, how about the stations that used to reside in this region?

    While I remember it as KSOM AM (1510) and FM (93.5) with the transmitter on Ninth Street in Cucamonga (southeast of where the Cask & Cleaver restaurant sits), my parents recall when it was KASK (at least the AM side). There was KWOW AM (1600) in Pomona, which I first remember as playing a country & western format. I know it later became KMNY with mainly business programing. I also know Mt. San Antonio College had its own station, KSAC (?), but I don’t remember much more than that. Then there was a station, KKAR AM (?), that I believe operated out of Pomona and did a lot of on-location broadcasts throughout the area.

    A quick word on KFI – I, too, remember hearing the frost warnings on that clear-channel station. Where I grew up in east Ontario, KFI and KSOM were the two strongest signals you could always pick up on even the oldest, beat-up radios. Of course, KSOM came in so clear because the transmission towers were less than a mile away!

    Can anyone else offer more thoughts on this topic of things past?

    And the blog goes on.

    [Does it ever! Thanks for the radio daze, Chas. — DA]

  • Linda


    Wasn’t there a KOCS back in the 1950s??? A local station I think.

  • Tad Decker

    Steve Julian mentioned the smudge pot reports broadcast over KFI in years past; my maternal grandfather was one of those who stoked smudge pots to help save the local orange crop from the freezing temperatures. He spoke of having to work in the bitter cold while wearing clothing saturated with oil. (He witnessed at least one worker catch fire.)

    During the 1930s, my grandparents lived on a small orange ranch on Holt Ave owned by my great grandparents (located at the northwest corner of Holt and Clark, which later was the location of Pomona Dodge, and is now occupied by an Asian shopping center).

    One last thought about smudging — my grandparents tell of the soot being so thick in the air that homeowners would take down their drapes and cover the furniture, and would need to repaint every year. They said the air quality could be so bad that they would have trouble seeing across the sanctuary of the old First Baptist Church building at Holt and Garey.

    So, things that are not here anymore: Orange ranches on Holt; new car dealers on Holt; and filthy air due to smudging, that makes our air conditions today seem pristine!

    […Not to mention the First Baptist Church building at Holt and Garey. — DA]

  • Jon Scott

    My dad took my brother and me to KWOW a few times. It was a little building in the middle of a field in south Pomona. He knew one of the jocks, but I don’t remember very much of being there.

    KASK at one time had a storefront studio on the Pomona Mall, about the 400 block of east 2nd street. My buddy Andy and I would take the city bus from Garey Hi after school, and sometime during school, and hang out with the DJ. He gave us free records, let us cue up records, and even talk on the radio a little.

    KKAR I don’t remember where they were at, but the first record our band Jerry and The Uniques recorded got played some. Of course we had to call and request it every hour. They finally said, “That’s it, Jerry, don’t call anymore.”

  • Randall Volm

    I remember back in the day (1980s) when I used to go work out at Jack LaLlanes Health Spa in West Covina, and then go to Bengie’s on Central Avenue in Upland. Bengie’s was the place to go for big sandwiches like patty melts and burgers that were huge including steak fries.

    Who could forget about Castaways Restaurant up on the hill next to Pomona Valley Mining Company? The once-famous restaurant that was really owned by Bob Denver and Alan Hale of “Gilligan’s Island” fame.

    If sportsbars was your thing, one could go to Sneakers.

    Back in the (1980’s) when on every corner (it seemed) were gay bars. There was Robbies, Gents, Alibi East just to name a few.

    It was a different time back then, and I’m just loving reliving those times in this blog, as I’m sure so is everyone else thats posted here.

    David, I have an idea for another article that just might get this much attention, if not more. How about a blog dedicated to “Things that are still here”?

    I’d like to kick that off with what I mentioned earlier, the Pomona Valley Mining Company. What do you think?

    [After this thread plays out, we might try that, Randy. About Castaways being owned by the Skipper and Gilligan, I admit I have my doubts. Sounds like a (sub)urban legend. Anyone know if it’s true? — DA]

  • Dave Linck

    Great memories, everyone! The mention of Berger’s Restaurant in Ontario (they served the best burgers and malts ever!) at Holt & Euclid brought back my thoughts of Coffee Johns, a 24-hour coffee shop which was a half block west on Holt and the site of one of my first real jobs. It is now a Mexican cafe.

    Also, nice to hear someone else remembers Edwards Ranch Restaurant on Mission in Pomona. My grandmother always took us there for the Thanksgiving dinners, not to mention the outasite chicken.

    No one mentioned The Hot Dog Show, a red shack that stood between Taco Lita and Grinder Haven at San Antonio and Holt in Ontario. On Fridays, my dad would get seven hamburgers for a dollar! It burned down, as did adjacent King Cole Market, in the early ’60s. I visited both smoldering sites, as well as the fresh cinders of Thrifty’s Drug Store at 4th and Mountain in Ontario, on my trusty Western Auto bike.

    Another unmentioned eatery was the Chicken Coop, featuring ‘broasted chicken,’ located midblock on Holt between Mountain and San Antonio.

    Probably the funniest memory served up was the person who mentioned Burger Q…a purveyor of modern fast food on Mountain Ave below G Street in Ontario (they had the first drive up speakers in town for ordering) that featured hamburgers with the secret vinegary “Q” sauce. I ate a lot there…I dated the counter girl!

  • ray escoto

    Does anyone remember Montes Diner in La Verne? Great Mexican food, hamburgers & malts…just east of the original Bonita High School (now Damien High). Popular spot for students, teachers, coaches & the entire La Verne community.

  • ray escoto

    Yes, Mel’s Drive In was converted to a locksmith store. Orange Julius memory: a little stand on Garey Ave/La Verne Rd in Pomona near Shakey’s Pizza & Mayfair Market.. Breakfast at Carls, Holt west of East End…best pancakes, my favorite was the Plantation Platter.

  • JMac

    Always the enabler, we need to continue the reminiscing into the ’60s, which is apropos of the subject.

    A few comments from others reminded me of long-forgotten area treasures. I had forgotten all about the King Cole markets, and especially Burger Q. My paternal grandparents lived just east of Mountain on I St. I can remember going to both places.

    Randall, regarding the Castaway being owned by Gilligan and the Skipper, I agree with David that it probably was an urban legend. Alan Hale did own a restaurant on La Cienega called the Lobster Barrel, but I haven’t seen any reference to the former eatery atop Ganesha.

    With regards to the radio stations in the area, Mt Sac’s student station was indeed KSAC.

    Lastly, how about indigenous area delivery companies? Growing up, our milkman was employed by the Shady Grove Dairy. Our Good Humor Man dished out Sidewalk Sundaes from the Tropical Ice Cream Co, which I believe was located on Reservoir(?). Naturally, we all looked forward to the afternoon delivery of baked goodness from the Helms truck. I can still see those drawers being pulled out with all those donuts.

  • ray escoto

    Across the street from the Hull House was Roy’s Liquor & Delicatessen.. Awesome Beef Dips !!! How about all the TASTEE FREEZE’S around town??? Can you name the locations ??

    [I know one was on Mission between Garey and Towne. It’s now a Chinese food outlet (Bamboo Express, if memory serves) and still has the awesome Tastee Freeze sign. I think they even serve ice cream. — DA]

  • JMac

    I can think of two. On Garey just south of the high school and near the Pom Lanes bowling alley. The other was pretty much on the campus of La Verne college.

  • John Clifford

    I agree with JMac that the Castaways wasn’t owned by Gilligan and the Skipper. He also got it right about “The Skipper’s Lobster Barrel” on La Cienega which had a drawing of Alan Hale, Jr. on the sign and was frequented by him in his later years.

    The Castaway in Pomona was a sister to the one on the hill above Burbank, which I was more familiar with. A traditional steak restaurant with dark wood and large fireplace, and open fire pits on the outdoor dining patios.

  • Scott

    I remember the Tastee Freeze on Mountain (now Spikes) across from McDonald’s. It had great food. But I believe McDonald’s coming along was the reason for its demise.

  • Fred Henderson

    Hi Dave. Haven’t heard mention of the ABC Union Stores. One on Central in Montclair near Moreno and the other at “Five Points” (Holt and Ganesha Blvd.).

    Liberty Groves on 19th; Cucamonga Mesa Growers; then there was the house on Euclid and 19th owned by the “Cracker Jack” king.

    [For those not in the know, the Cracker Jack guy in question invented the wax packaging that allowed Cracker Jack to stay fresh, so that it could be shipped across the country and become a nationally known product. — DA]

    • ca24

      I remember the ABC Store. My mom was in charge of Security for Sage Stores and ABC was part of that. She spent a lot of time at the Montclair store and I was the shoeshine boy at the barber shop there.

  • Steve Julian

    Pomona had two Top 40 radio stations: AM 1220 KKAR and AM 1600 KWOW. I remember KKAR being active in remote broadcasts. I worked briefly for KWOW as a news stringer in the late 1970s, hired by Dennis Michael who went on to CNN as an entertainment reporter.

    Loved the story about the grandfather who stoked the smudge pots. Mine worked as a pipe fitter at the old Kaiser steel mill in Fontana. He’d make the drive each day to and from Pomona.

    We also had Shady Grove Dairy deliveries of OJ and milk in glass bottles with the paper caps. And my mom would put a blue placard in our kitchen window if she wanted the Helms truck to stop.

    There was a small church on Euclid at C Street, I believe, in Ontario. Purportedly haunted, it became the Gallery Theatre and hosted numerous dramas and musicals. One of my favorite performances (that I wasn’t in…) was Fiddler on the Roof. A local judge, Duane Thomas, played Tevya. He was terrific. The structure’s now gone. A fellow alum, for you NPR listeners, is Charles Phoenix. If you’ve never seen his God Bless Americana slide shows or related books, they’re well worth the time.

    No doubt many of us remember seeing a film at the Fox Theatre in Pomona. Just a block west, on Third Street, was a UA Theatre. I remember seeing King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable there in ’63 or ’64.

    [Charles Phoenix is a favorite of mine. Readers of this blog should track down his book “Cruising the Pomona Valley 1930 Thru 1970,” a guidebook to current and vanished midcentury architecture (bowling alleys, donut shops, burger stands, etc.) from Pomona, Ontario, etc., with vintage photos and ads. I consult it frequently. — DA]

  • JMac

    Charles also has a great website. I bet he’d enjoy reading through this posting.

    [That’s — DA]

  • ray escoto

    Another TASTEE-FREEZE location was on Holt just east of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Pomona).

    Someone asked about Henry’s as a DISCO ??? You’re so right. It was, to the best of my recollection, called Tiffany’s and then Odyssey. Or maybe vice-versa.

    [I think you have those in the correct order. — DA]

  • Donna

    My favorite….Donahoo’s!

    [But you do know Donahoo’s is still here, right? — DA]

  • JMac

    Ray, if you’re talking about the Tastee Freeze, residing on the northeast end of the church parking lot, I remember it being a Foster Freeze.

    Which brings up the other establishments, no longer around on Holt, in the vicinity of St Joes. Probably one of the most popular was Di Gangi’s. Then I recall an A-frame restaurant, called the Chateau, across the street from DiGangi’s. Down along the west side, on the corner of Holt & Laurel, would have been Naples Italian Restaurant.

    Lastly, on my walk home from St Joes after school, was another of those great neighborhood markets during those days……Bells Market on Orange Grove.

  • Charles Bentley


    I find it amazing that so much information is still available through the collective memory of your readers, David. No question, this is a hot-button topic for a lot of us here in the area.

    Quick adds to the TASTEE-FREEZE query: Yes, there was one adjacent to the University of La Verne campus. For those of us who were commuter students (and those averse to eating the food in the school’s dining hall!), it was the place to grab lunch without leaving campus. The In-N-Out was a popular evening/late night choice, but during the school day it was more convenient to walk over to TF (and you didn’t lose your parking place). Today, the building serves as the Music Annex, a practice area for the university’s music program.

    There was also a TASTEE-FREEZE located on Central Avenue in Montclair, south of I-10. It has changed hands several times since then — I recall it was El Pavo, serving good Mexican food — but still retains a great deal of the “classic” TASTEE-FREEZE architectural style.

    I also vaguely recall one on Foothill Blvd., but for the life of me I can’t remember the exact location or even the city.

    One more “memory” jog — How many people remember Hull’s Barbecue on Central Ave. just south of Foothill Blvd.? It served (among other things) North Carolina-style BBQ and was a favorite haunt of Rick Dees.

    To infinity and beyond!

  • D.L. MacLaughlan-Dumes

    The radio memories thread is a great one. I thought I was the only one who remembered KASK at 1510AM, then a top-40 station. One year (I think 1967) they had a promotion involving one of their deejays who vowed to remain on the air continuously (without sleep) for a week. He made it to three days, as I recall, devolving into word salad just before nodding off.

    KWOW was indeed country western in the early sixties but went to automated pop format in the mid-seventies. My then-boyfriend was the night engineer, maintaining the computer-run system that paired the prerecorded announcer with the correct pop song. Occasionally the computer would go wacky, alarms would go off, the wrong song would be back-announced…and then the irate station manager would be on the phone. He never seemed to sleep!

  • Randall Volm


    Another Tastee Freeze was spotted in Upland. Although its demise wasn’t til just a few years ago (5 or 6 years or so), it served the best ice cream in the Inland Empire. This location was on Mountain Avenue, just north of the 10 freeway on the left, directly across from the “what’s not there” Millers Outpost.

    One of the best jobs I ever had was working for the Cask ‘N Cleaver chain back in the early to mid ’80s. One of the best things I remember was I could work one night at Cask, and the next night at El Gato Gordo and the following night at Lord Charley’s. El Gato Gordo & Lord Charley’s, again, “what’s not there anymore.”

    Attention anyone: I need some help here. I’m trying to think of the name of a restaurant in the Upland area (Foothill Blvd) that was next to Lord Charley’s on the west side. Can anyone help? p.s. It too is “not here anymore.”

  • Tad Decker

    To Charles Bentley: You mentioned your recollection of a Tastee Freeze somewhere on Foothill Blvd — I think that there was one located in Upland in the vicinity of Foothill and Grove on the north side (near the current Arby’s, Midas or Paint Bucket).

    And to Randy Volm: I have great memories of the food at the Lord Charley’s restaurant. I am not sure of the restaurant you are thinking about to the west of there, but I do remember the large A-framed DiCensos Italian restaurant located to the east of Lord Charley’s, closer to Benson (I think it met its end when the Lowe’s center was being built).

    I’ll throw in a few other fast food restaurants…anyone remember Pup ‘n Taco, or Naugles?

    [Speaking of DiCenso’s, their daughter is, I believe, a hostess at Cafe Montclair! — DA]

  • ray escoto

    Jmac, you are right about Foster Freeze location next to ST. JOE’S. Now to help Randall. Was it OLIVER’S you’re thinking of?? Oliver’s became Lord Charley’s. Across the street “NEW CHINA” used to be “SAGE HEN” with a beautiful neon sign on Foothill. Of course all this info is to the “best of my recollection.” A trip down Central Ave reminds me of OZZIE’S OASIS Hamburger stand & one of the first BAKER’S TACO’S..both in the vicinity of Central & Kingsley.

  • Jerry Lerma

    I remember The Dinnerhorn restaurant on Second Street, next door to Fedway. I never went in it but from the outside it looked really “swanky.” I like to think that if Hugh Hefner had ever come to Pomona in 1960, he would have dined at The Dinnerhorn. Anyone have memories of the inside? Here’s a photo:

    [The Dinnerhorn later became Robbie’s, then a series of shortlived nightclubs, then a new incarnation of Robbie’s. — DA]

  • ray escoto

    Pup n Taco (Pomona) N/W corner of Holt/Towne. I’m going to take a shot at location of Jan’s Seafood. It was north of Hillbilly Haven (Towne/Holt). Jan’s was converted to “Vallarta” Restaurant. Any confirmations on this info? Boy !! Towne & Holt was a busy corner.

  • Danny Mac

    This could go on and on. We used to ride our bikes in the KWOW 1600 field area of Olive and Mills and who could forget the jingle….Anytime you’re ready, anytime at all, Listen to the station at the top of the dial…KWOW 1600 Pomona….California.

  • Carolyn

    Hi David,

    What a great walk down memory lane. A coworker of mine brought your blog to my attention (and I’m glad she did) because my dad’s name was mentioned, Dr. William Kelber (a.k.a. Dr. Bill).

    Dr. Kelber’s Animal Hospital was an ugly green building on the southwest corner of Holt and Mountain in Ontario since the late ’40s. My dad treated local residents’ dogs and cats for over 40 years, and he loved every minute of it. Each one of us five kids had to put in our time working at the pet hospital when we were growing up. Great memories. My dad and mom, Rose Kelber, loved Ontario and spent their lives proudly serving their community. They are greatly missed by all.

    As posted by Steve F., my dad was not an owner of O’Reilly’s restaurant, but rather my godparents, Ray and Millie Schulman, were the owners. O’Reilly’s not only had the best hamburgers in town and the aforementioned ice cream sundae bar, but also had the most wonderful homemade pies, made fresh daily by Mrs. Parisien. Oh, and we shouldn’t forget their broasted chicken, which was spectacular. Millie, by the way, better known as “Mrs. O’Reilly,” is still living in Ontario at the age of 98 years old.

    Thanks for the great column! Write on!

    [Will do, Carolyn! Thanks for the great comments. I love the name Mrs. Parisien. — DA]

  • Linda

    Randy Volm:

    Was the restaurant west of Lord Charleys called Olivers?

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  • ray escoto

    Hi Carolyn, Was there a public swimming pool in that vicinity Mountain/Holt ??? Maybe east of O’Reilly’s ?

  • Jules

    How about the Kosher Pickle on South Garey just before the 71? They had great deli food. There was also a gym next door (can’t recall the name). Last time I looked the entire site was fenced. Too bad.

  • Tad Decker


    I remember a swimming pool near the southwest corner of Mountain and Holt, but the one I am thinking of was not a public pool, but rather a smallish one in front of a nondescript commercial building that I believe once housed a pool-building company. In later years, that building was occupied by a Harley-Davidson dealership, and has since been remodeled extensively (and the pool was filled in years ago).

    And Carolyn, I remember your father’s old veterinary building at the corner of Mountain and Holt. Also, as a child I had several meals at the old O’Reilly’s restaurant (I liked the sundae bar!), and now I work in that same building every day…my father’s company, The Paint Bucket, purchased the building from the Schulman’s in the late 1970s. Even today, we will have customers jokingly order a burger along with their semi-gloss enamel.

    • MelanieR

      My dad used to own the “pool” property and turned it into a flooring store. It was originally a pool sales room (2 in ground in the front), supplies, and there was in indoor Olympic size pool in the back for the swimming academy.

  • ray escoto

    Has anyone mentioned Sir George’s Smorgasboard on Garey Ave south of La Verne Rd? Also in that area was Crossroads Market. It is now M-1 Surplus. Mexico Lindo #1 ?? was a very small stand on Mission Blvd, west of San Antonio (Pomona)

  • Randall Volm

    Dear Linda,

    I’m not really sure what the restaurant was that was located on Foothill Blvd. next to the Lord Charlie’s Restaurant (to the west). Although I do recall a restaurant being there at one time. It’s why I’ve enlisted the help of people in this thread to help me out. But, thanks for your help anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

    While reading through these blogs day after day, I’m surprised no one has mentioned Love’s Woodpit BBQ. One of the few places in town to have really good ribs and beans. Why, I still even remember a portion of their commercial jingle, “When You’re In Love’s, the Whole World’s Delicious.” Just brings back a lot of memories of days gone by.

    • MelanieR

      Was it the Olive Tree?

  • JMac

    A couple of birthdays over the weekend reminded me of where my Mom would get our birthday cakes every year: Walters Bakery. Which I believe was on Holt near Erie?

    That was THE place to get one of those great themed birthday sheet cakes. All of them 3D, such as a prehistoric scene with volcanos made of icing, with several different colors of food dye for effect. Scattered around the cake were several plastic dinosaurs and palm trees larger than the dinos themselves. The white cake with lemon filling was terrific as I recall.

    Fast forward to the ’70s and the Magnolia Peach on Mountain & Arrow in Upland, along with the Ruddy Duck on Foothill in Claremont, were a couple of my after-work hangouts. The Magnolia Peach was a very popular happy hour hangout as I recollect.

    David, we just might get this post to 100 yet!!

    [If we don’t, it won’t be through lack of effort on your part. Thanks, JMac. — DA]

  • Sue Anne

    Was the restaurant next to Lord Charlie’s on Foothill “El Gato Gordo”?

  • Randall Volm

    Dear Sue Anne,

    I’m sorry to say that it wasn’t the El Gato Gordo. El Gato Gordo was located on Foothill Blvd. @ Mountain Ave. (where Walgreen’s now sits). Lord Charlie’s sat west on Foothill Blvd, west of Central Ave. Thanks for your help anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jules

    I heard that the Taco Bell on Mission east of Garey just closed down. And there used to be an IHOP on Holt and East End.

    [That was an original IHOP too. It was knocked down maybe four years ago. Ditto with the Van de Kamp’s building on the other side of Holt. — DA]

  • Linda

    I’m really thinking now that the restaurant on Foothill next to Lord Charlies was Olivers, and I believe it burned down.

  • Carolyn

    Hey Jules,

    That’s so interesting about the Paint Bucket. Small world.

    Actually, the Schulmans owned a paint store on the north side of Holt, just west of Euclid prior to opening O’Reilly’s. It was called Raymond’s Fuller Paint Store. Quite a few years after they opened the paint store, they opened a burger joint on the north side of Holt, east of Euclid called Laddie’s. That was way back in the ’50s.

    I believe the pool you’re talking about was Shinkle Pools (not so sure about the spelling), which was next door to my father’s pet hospital, and yes, it was later sold to a Harley dealership.

    • Estaben Calabacas

      Laddies closed in the early 70’s and was reopened as Andy’s Burgers

  • Randall Volm

    Dear Linda,

    Guess what? you’re right. The restaurant next to Lord Charlie’s was Olivers before it burned down.

    I had a long talk with my dad about that particular restaurant, and he reminded me, that he was going to go into a partnership with someone that worked at the Cask ‘N Cleaver in Rancho Cucamonga a few years prior to burning down. My dad, at that time, owned B&E Alignment in Ontario, on Holt, east of Mountain Ave. It’s still there, now my brother Robert owns and runs the place.

    Thanks to all who tried to think of Olivers Restaurant. I am now confident that I can rely on people here to help me out, whenever I need it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    David, hope to see 100th post sometime soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    [For a while I was worried we’d have 100 posts on the topic of what was next to Lord Charley’s! Glad that was cleared up. — DA]

  • Carolyn

    Hey David,

    Looks like the “posted by” slots are a little bit off on the last three postings. I was the one who posted the comments about the Paint Bucket, O’Reilly’s and Shinkle Pools, on January 24 at 3:55pm, not Linda.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Carolyn

    [Maybe after 90-some comments, the blog machinery is wearing down. — DA]

  • Linda

    Anyone remember the “Claremont Jungle”?

  • JMac

    Linda queried….Anyone remember the “Claremont Jungle”?

    Definitely! Every time I ever entered it, I recall a very distinct fragrance wafting about the place.

    [I have no idea what you guys are talking about. — DA]

  • Tom Lamb

    Don’t forget “Gravity Hill” on the way to Mount Baldy. You would park at the bottom of the grade and roll uphill. Unfortunately it is gone since they regraded the road.

    [Sounds like a local version of the Mystery Spot! — DA]

  • Bob House

    “The Jungle” in Claremont: The area of the Pomona College campus north of 1st Street, between Amherst and Mills (there’s a soccer/rugby field there now) was naturally overgrown and not maintained up through the ’60s. Kind of a pocket of rural wildlands next to downtown Claremont.

    It was the site of most of the illicit fun you can imagine college students and other youthful Claremonters might engage in. Its reputation was such that there was always a little edge of fear about just walking through the Jungle.

    Is there a prize for the 100th post?

    [Is the thanks of a grateful nation enough? Good job, Bob. — DA]

  • judi

    I was telling my mom, Jeanette (Acuna) Holsten about this thread, and she was wondering if anyone remembers one of the first drive-in restaurants in the ’40s called “Mona’s Drive-In” on Holt, near Campus in Ontario. Two of her aunts worked there as car hops, wearing short skirts and serving food wearing roller skates. She remembers it was owned by a man name Price Barrett.

    (Hey, is this post going to be # 100?!)

    [Sorry, Judi, you’re No. 101. If it’s any consolation, it’s a palindromic, euphonious number. — DA]

  • JMac

    The “Gravity Hill” post reminded me of another road relic…….The “Baseline Dips.” The series of road moguls from about Mills to Benson. Anytme in my youth that we were east of those, I’d beg Pops to drive home via the Baseline Dips, for that roller coaster ride. Naturally, when I got my license, it then became an early XGames sport, to see how far we could launch our vehicles!

  • Randall Volm

    Judi, I don’t remember “Mona’s Drive-In,” it was slightly before my time. The closest I can come to it is, I remember every Sunday, after church, my parents would take us kids to the Dairy Queen that sat on Holt near Campus in their heyday.

    JMac – Holy cow, man! I forgot all about the “Baseline Dips.” OMG we had so much fun driving it doing 50, 60, even 70mph! It was probably the most fun I had in my day when I started driving. The one thing I do remember about that is, it wasn’t highly reccommended at high rates of speed after a full meal! We were just kids then, who cared? LOL! Wow! Thanks for the memory!

  • Linda

    How about the Guasti Dip, that was a real zinger at about 50 mph. 19th Street was a good road for dips in the ’50s, from Euclid to wherever. Like Randall said we were just kids, but it was fun!!!!

  • ray escoto

    Was that section of Baseline called “MILE of DIPS” ????

  • ray escoto

    WOW !!! All this driving around !!! What was the price of gas ? JIMMY’S Gas Station was my choice. Fill it up with ETHYL please !!

  • Linda


    Gas was about 25 cents a gallon, we would all pitch in 50 cents, buy around $2.00 worth of gas and “cruise” the night away. Seems like another world now!!

  • John Clifford

    Another one of those things that aren’t here anymore: Gas under a dollar. I remember when in high school, I’d go to the skypower station in Azusa and get 4 gallons for $1. That would usually be enough to get me to and from the Village Theater in Azusa where I worked through the weekend.

  • Gene Harvey

    Well, David, you knew I would have to weigh in sooner or later on places that used to be here. It’s a real joy reading all the entries and realizing that I ain’t the only one that remembers the way it used to be here in Pomona Valley!

    I didn’t grow up here, but I did come as a young adult in the ’60s and didn’t know when I was transferred in to run the Village Theatre in Claremont that I would fall in love with the area and keep managing and owning movie theatres (and one restaurant) in the area right on through my life and I’m not done yet!

    No one has mentioned Bondellos’, which was a delightful little cozy restaurant in Ontario on the north side of Holt east of Central. It had the old red leather booths and had the best steak sandwiches at very moderate prices.

    How I have wished over the years that it was still around. It had the type of atmoshere of the Mural House near the airport but was smaller.

    [Suddenly I’m hungry for a steak sandwich. Especially one at a moderate price. — DA]

  • Randall Volm

    Dear David,

    Here’s to my final post, in this thread, about a place that was beloved by the people who went there throughout its existence.

    This particular place, exquisite in decor, attracted millions, if not more, yet it wasn’t a popular restaurant nor a hotel chain during its tenure. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t even in the IE.

    Centrally located in the heart of Orange County, Buena Park to be exact, once stood Movieland Wax Museum. Wax figures of celebrities in their most famous roles they were known for, such as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” I really enjoyed going there as a kid, and well into my adult life.

    Sadly, everything has to make way for progress. Movieland Wax Museum finally closed its doors for the last time in 2005. In early 2007, Buena Park City Council decided to condemn the building to make way for a Best Buy and a few restauants.

  • Linda


    Thank you for this wonderful thread that gave many of us a chance to remember a time that we loved. It brought many a smile, a tear of two, and lots of good conversation! I still say this column is why I subscribe to this paper.

    [You’re welcome, Linda, and thanks for the support. — DA]

  • Abe Simpson

    You see, back in those days, rich men would ride around in Zeppelins, dropping coins on people, and one day I seen J. D. Rockefeller flying by. So I run out of the house with a big washtub. Id just used it that morning to wash my turkey, which in those days was known as a walking bird. We’d always have walking bird on Thanksgiving with all the trimmings: cranberries, injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder. Then we’d all watch football, which in those days was called “baseball”.

    Anyway, we cant bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell em stories that dont go anywhere — like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days.

    So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on em. Give me five bees for a quarter, youd say. Now where were we?

    Oh yeah – the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didnt have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones…

    [Always a treat to hear about the old days from Homer Simpson’s father. Thanks for dropping by, Abe. — DA]

  • XnelsonX

    Sup ya’ll,

    first, I would like to start off by saying that It’s great reading all this stuff about the Pomona and surrounding Pomona areas. See compared to all of you I’m a pup, not to offend anyone or call anyone old, but here I am thinking “shoot I never knew places like the ihop or van de kamps existed in pomona.” I just thought I’d post up on here and update you guys on what’s in Pomona now.

    Well on eastend and holt where the Sears used to be, well, it’s a High school (Village Academy High). Now I actually graduated from there, class of 05 first graduating class ever. I think the van de kamps was closed down for a good while and finally torn down the IHOP became Tacos Mexico and then torn down all due to PUSD taking over.

    Where the original Pomona High used to be, it was a thrifty drug store (pretty good ice cream) along with an ALPA grocery store and now a 99 cents only store and Cardenas grocery store. Across the street (north of holt) used to be a car dealership that burned down and now it’s a rite aid. The tastee freeze in Pomona on Town and mission became a Fastees which was a mexican, chinese, and american fast food dive all in one (the best $1.07 burgers around), and then later became (current) bamboo express.

    The locksmith on palomares and holt was a tobacco shop and did close down because of junkies but now its just a vacant little building surrounded by Wells fargo bank and Pep boys. Garey and second street is like the hot spot for teenagers with the glass house putting on rock shows every weekends and the arts colony (second street east of garey) hosting farmers market every wednesday.

    The Fox theater is going under renovations as so is the Hotel were Lucille Ball aparantly spent a night at. Some scenes for Dr. Seuss’s Cat and the Hat were shot on second street.

    As for the sharks at Ganesha park, I think they are gone but I remember them being there when I was in second grade. One of my teachers from VAHS (Mr. Sherban Cira) showed us a movie called “Gang Boy” and that’s probably the only images I have of olde Pomona.

    Regardless, Pomona is a whole lot different now than what you guys makes it sound like.

    As for Montclair, I actually work at Target and I remember the cinemas at the mall I must have been 7 when I first visited Montclair Plaza.

    Quite frankly I would have loved to grown up in the 50s and 60s, but the 90s and the 2000’s aren’t bad we get to live the stuff we’ll be reminiscing about in years to come, I already miss that taco bell on mission blvd.

    [Your last paragraph is right on! — DA]

  • XnelsonX

    jerry lerma,
    the location you described Pup n taco was is now an autozone and jan’s seafood did become vallarta and vallarta was torn down for a Walgreens.

    [Oh, yeah, Vallarta was next to the also fondly remembered Red Hill Pizza. — DA]

  • Linda

    Does anyone remember what Indian Hill Blvd. was called back in the ’50s??

    [Alexander Avenue. — DA]

  • Jeff K

    How about the old Linbrook/Lindbrook hardware store near Moreno/Central in the ’70s. Also, White Front on Mtn. Ave. south of the 10fwy which later became Fed Mart? Ah, the good old days. Worked at Mr. Steak as a teen. Greatest corner ever with El Gato Gordo, Mtn. Liquor, Mr. Steak, Boar’s Head!

  • Mike

    Wow — memories — I don’t have time to go into detail (maybe later). I worked at Greene’s Deli with Chris, his mom Dawn, Jim, the owner, John on liquor side…this was in ’78 and ’79.

    Remember Mel’s? In the Pep Boy’s parking lot? Across the street from Stockwell & Binney?

    And what about Mama Rosa’s Pizza by Schiro’s liquor — and right across the street from…ahhh DiGange’s Grinders! And then there was…Foster’s Freeze!
    Damn! Gotta go to work — adulthood sucks! j/k.

    [Thanks for dropping by, Mike. Come by again when you can spend more time. — DA]

  • John C

    How about a place called something like JoJo’s in Upland in the 1970’s. It was right next to (north of) the San Bernardino Freeway, east of Euclid I believe. I remember there was a real screwy freeway on/off-ramp connected with it.

    [Did JoJo’s become Coco’s? Sounds like the same area. — DA]

    • Roxanne Basica

      Yes Jojo’s became Coco’s now a church?

      • beatleboo

        Jehovah’s Witness Temple. Just finished it.

    • beatleboo

      I live a few blocks from there, now. The freeway exits onto 7th St. I remember Coco’s but now JoJo’s. There is now a Jehovah’s Witness Temple on that site. They just finished it last week.

    • David Cobb

      Yes it did!

  • John C

    In the late 1970’s there was a restaurant on the south side of Foothill (near the Claremont Colleges) called something like “Danish Kitchen”.

    It was set back from Foothill and most of the parking lot was gravel. It wasn’t fancy inside and it wasn’t expensive. They had a swamp cooler for “air conditioning” as I recall. I used to love their pot roast!

    As I remember the waitresses/staff were “Classics”, just like the ones at Crystal Cafeteria in Pomona. Anyone know how long it was “Danish Kitchen” (or whatever) and any other history about the use of the building?


    Great to hear about those radio memories. I was the mid-day dj on Top 40 1510/93.5 KASK Ontario in 1967. 1510 was KOCS before it was KASK. Went back there when it was KSOM and top 40 again in 1975. I also did midnight to 6am on country KWOW 1600 in 1970. In 1974 I was at 1220 country KKAR (under the name Jack Daniels there). Jonny Bruce, KDES-FM Palm Springs.

    • Sandy

      Glad to see your still alive Jonny ! Sandy Case

  • Develyn Sperling

    Does anyone remember a little place called the Tiger Cafe on Holt Blvd? My Uncle Tommy owned it. It stayed open after all the Blvd. bars closed. People lined up to get his Sober You Up chili before driving home.

    What was the name of the tiny diner across the street from it? How’s this? On the corner of Holt and Campus. The Bamboo Hut.

    Next door was a liquor store with great penny candy. Next to that was Goldie’s variety store. It had great, cheap toys. But, she was a mean old bird and kids were actually afraid to go in there.

    Or, the Dairy Queen on Holt, just east of Campus.

    • Estaben Calabacas

      Tiger Tommy’s…..know it well

  • Gary Kennedy

    Browsing through this blog, I read the comment from John Clifford, regarding Henry’s Restaurant in Pomona, CA. It brought back many memories.

    Yes, it looked like a flying saucer, which in reality was the design for the drive-in parking. The restaurant itself had a coffee shop, a dining room, a cocktail lounge and a huge room for banquets. My first job was there, as a busboy. I worked my way to become the a soda jerk, then the fry cook…went into the service, got out and continued my culinary career. The owner of that restaurant also owned four others located in Glendale, Pasadena, Alhambra and Arcadia. All were called Henry’s Chicken-In-The-Rough, except Arcadia, which was Carpenters.

    The Pomona address was at the corner of Garey and Foothill Blvds. I miss the place as much as I miss my father, James P. Kennedy, the owner of these establishments. Went I went to work there as a freshman in high school, my father told me I was not to tell anyone who I was, I was to be treated like everyone else. However a waitress recognized me and said, You’re Mr. K’s boy, aren’t you?

    I admitted so, and she spoke this praise which I now know at a much older age, how priceless her comment was.

    “Gary”, she said, “I’m going to tell you something about your Dad, that won’t mean much now, but will someday. You see, in this business (restaurant) people gossip a lot. Customers gossip about customers, workers talk about other workers,’s really a shame. But in working for your Dad almost 15 years, I have never heard him say one bad word about anyone, and I have never heard one person every say a bad word about him. Your Dad is one of the finest men on this earth.”

    She was right. I didn’t understand it then, but her words stayed with me, and I understand them now. Wish I could have been more like him.

    He passed away in 1993, just as Henry’s restaurants are also gone. Thanks Mr. Clifford for reminding me of how lucky my life was, and still is.

    [Wonderful to hear from you, Gary. — DA]

  • george thomas

    I used to live in Pomona from 1975-1986. I used to remermber a restaurant named Robbie’s on Second Street. Is it still there or has it been torn down? Or does anyone have pictures of it when it was still standing that they maybe can share with me? I recently saw an article on it where 40 years ago Bobby Kennedy spoke there while campaigning for the California primary.

    Also if you have pictures of Buffums can you share also? Thank you very much.

    [Robbie’s closed a couple of years ago and the building is owned and used by a Western University. — DA]

    • Ralph Torlucci

      I worked there for over 7 years

      • MelanieR

        I waitressed there too when it first opened. I worked for Mario at his first bar as well, before he bought Robbie’s.

  • Sheri Hodges

    Ray Escoto…thanks for mentioning Monte’s in the blog. I came across some old tabloids for Diamond Bar (circa 66) that has an ad for Monte’s Diner on 1300 Bonita in La Verne. So I decided to see if it was still around. I love the ad as it still uses the old phone numbers we grew up with…Theirs was LY 3-3290.


    PS…they were closed on Wednesdays!

  • Joey

    I worked at lord charlies in 71.

  • eddie alaniz

    So cool to have found this website. As I have read many of the “memories” of Pomona and surrounding areas my mind has awakened with so many great memories of my hometown of Pomona.

    I was born at Pomnona Valley Community Hospital in 1950 and grew up in the area of Center St. and Park Ave. near Gold Strike Market. In reading about eateries in Pomona, various mentions have been referred to. I believe it was Hillbilly Haven Drive-in. I so remember those great tasting burgers. Does anyone know the ingredients used to make up this great burger? It seems that the buns used were made of garlic bread. What a great hamburger it was. Thanks for the help.

    Also does anybody remember the record shop name that was located on Second St…on the same block as Thrifty’s.

    [Anyone? — DA]

    • Ren

      Mac’s records

  • dale burkholder

    Thank you for the memories of Pup ‘n Taco and Red Hill Pizza. I loved their BBQ pizza.

    Does anyone remember a Mexican restaurant on Holt either at the corner of Palomares or Gibbs Street? I remember walking in and there was always a woman making tortillas there in the entryway. They had a great Sunday brunch. This would have been 1979 to 1984.

    • beatleboo

      You might be talking about Espiau’s Mexican restaurant, Dale. It was a great place. There is one in Claremont now. I’m not sure if it is a descendant of the original or not.

  • Tad Decker


    The restaurant located at the northwest corner of Palomares and Holt during the time period you mentioned would have been La Cabana.

    [Tad’s probably right, although he means northeast, I think. — DA]

  • Jim

    Before Red Hill Pizza opened at Towne and Holt, the building was occupied by the Pail ‘O Chicken restaurant which IMO served the absolute best pan fried chicken — extra crispy and served in a skillet. Anyone remember?

  • Tad Decker

    Dale and David,

    Yes, I definitely meant the northEAST corner for the location of La Cabana. Funny, my mind was picturing the proper location even as my fingers were typing in the wrong one. Must be getting old….



    [We’re always in the market for nostalgia here, Bob. But please, not in all caps! — DA]

    • Billy E. Settle

      C’on DA Give Bob a break, after all he’s setting in the Dark huntin and peckin, For goodness sakes Bob turn on a light.

  • Sally (Switzer) Lasby

    Hi Bob, Do you remember Taco Jiffy in Upland, I worked there when you owned it. Also I rented a house on Campus and 11th street from you before I purchased it in 1969. John and I had two boys Daryl who is 40 this year and Danny who is 35. We divorced in 1986 and he moved to Laughlin and said he saw you there. How is Marvin? I live in Riverside now with my old high school sweetheart in a senior complex. E-mail me at bud and Been a long time. Taco Jiffy is now Taco King on Foothill in Upland. Always, Sally (Switzer) Lasby

  • Pennie Bleil

    I loved this site and remember everything you talked about. Does anyone remember the TownHouse on the corner of Towne? I graduated in ’64 and we used to always drive through there on the weekend nites. Also Mel’s Burgers on Holt Ave.

  • Derek Christensen

    As mentioned a few comments earlier, Yes, I remember dining at the Claremont restaurant known as “SOUP’S ON at the DANISH KITCHEN,” located on the south side of Foothill, near the colleges.

    It was a converted house. My parents liked to frequent the place (along with Griswold’s and “Indian Hills Restaurant”) and brought me with them in the 1970s.

    I remember “Delmonico Steak” on the menu.

    Farther down Foothill, also on the south side in Claremont, was “TUGBOAT ANNIE’S.” The building architecture was in the shape of tugboat. It’s still there but new name/ownership.

  • Pete Pearsall

    I think the record shop was called Mac’s, was on 2nd St. west of Garey. South side of the street.

  • John

    Old town Upland was a wonderful place with Upland Feed & Fuel, Pearson’s Jewelers (Tut Pearson’s place), Louie’s Shoe Shine Shop, Atwood’s (before it buned down), the coffee shop that let you keep your own coffee cup on the shelf (they’d wash it and put it back when you left).

    But of all the businesses that are no longer but in our memories is the one that made the town what it was, Central Market on the corner.

    Joe Marks and Harold Speigel were brothers-in-law; Joe was the meat man and gave every kid a choice of a “cold dog” or a slice of balogna to eat while mom got groceries. On the way to the register Cal Fifer, the produce manager, let the child choose one of several cookies he selected for that days’ treat. Cal Fifer was a sort of produce genius who was like a walking encyclopedia of fruit and vegetables. He introduced purple-meat potatoes (that now would sell like hotcakes) long before presentation was what it is now. The little grocery store also introduced Bumble Bee tuna and Ragu spaghetti sauce to the market. It closed in 1971 with the passing of Harold.

    Progress? PLEASE, spare me!

  • barbara hartley

    Hi David, This is a great blog. Just a few things I remembered about Ontario from the late ’50s. There were several great stores on Euclid, Bunny’s, Eddie LeVines, Scotts Dept. Store, Butler Bros Dept Store, Musettes Ladies Store, Wights Jewelers, Fallis Mens Store, Eaders Bakery, Drew Carriage, The Bell and House Cafeteria. The Downtown Bowl (where the Eagles is now located), Gordon Ayers Camera Shop on W. Holt, The Bootery and the Lemon House on Lemon between Holt and “B” Sts. And also Maggies. If you couldn’t find it in Ontario you probably couldn’t find it anywhere.

    [Barbara, welcome to this blog! And thanks for the store names; most of those are new names to this latecomer. — DA]

    • Dan Neuenschwander

      Right next to the Eagle’s Lodge for a while in the 60’s was Troy Ruttman Mini-Bikes!

  • Michael Reich

    When we first moved to California in 1963 my mom and dad used to love to go to the Dinnerhorn Restaurant located at San Bernardino Rd and Azusa Ave in Covina. Is the Northwoods Inn now located where the Dinnerhorn once stood? Thanks.

    [I don’t know, but someone must. — DA]

    • Rodger Lilley

      Yes, that is where Northwood’s is now located. Anyone know when the Dinnerhorn opened?

  • Charles Bentley

    I believe that is correct. I don’t know when the change was made, but I’m pretty sure that the Dinnerhorn was where the Northwoods Inn is now.

    Can someone else help with this — wasn’t the Dinnerhorn Restaurant at one time affiliated with the Sycamore Inn? I believe they were under the same group/corporation/organization or something. As I recall there was a connection between the two (and several other restaurants in the region).

  • Bob House

    I saw an old Dinnerhorn matchbook on Flickr with the “Azusa Ave. at San Bernardino Rd.” address.

    Also see a 2007 post on David’s blog — “Clearman’s, Golly.” I learned here that an old favorite restaurant of mine, The Magic Lamp, was originally a Clearman’s operation too.

    • Judy Chambers

      I remember The Magic Lamp, I’m pretty sure we ate there several times but I can’t remember where it was.

      • Gary

        Still there… Several locations, one on grove and foothill just before you enter Rancho Cucamonga

      • Roseanne Castro

        Magic lamp is still there and running. It’s in upland/borders Rancho Cucamonga. Still going strong with original lamp outside burning flame and all!!

        • David Cobb

          No, it’s in Rancho Cucamonga and always has been. Upland starts when you crossover Grove Avenue.

      • Linda Owenby

        Foothill Blvd. Just east of Grove Avenue.. Also right in that area is Vince’s Spaghetti and across the street is the Sycamore Inn.

  • JMac

    Today marks the start of the 50th anniversary running of the Winternationals. But that is not what this post will be about. In his latest blog posting, National Dragster editor Phil Burgess has a nice little story of the family who leased the El Merendero prior to them. It includes a few pics.

  • Mac

    Does anyone remember the Mayfair Market on foothill blvd in Rancho Cucamonga? I believe it opened in 1957, I was just 4 but remember the grand opening. It was quite different back then, I would say better judging by the looks of the neighborhood now. I remember a lot of rural areas.

    • carmel mcqueen

      Yes, I remember Mayfair Market, I was 6 years when we used to live down the block in the mid 60’s. I went to Central School

    • Handsome Package

      I think that became Perrys Market and now it’s home to Autozone

  • John

    I moved to San Dimas from El Monte in 1963. I remember Henry’s Drive Thru on Foothill & Garey in Pomona. It was torn down a few years later. Do any of you “Old Timers” remember the “Hilltop Teen Club” at the old Mountain Meadows Golf Course across the street from the LA County Fairgrounds? Great place to go if you liked to dance AND fight!

    Who recalls the “POSH” night club in Pomona on Towne near Arrow Hwy? I watched it burn down in 1969. What a blaze that was!!! Rumor has it a competitor torched it.

    How about the old UA Theater in downtown Pomona, or the Fox across the street? Back in my old hometown I watched The Beatles perform at the El Monte Legion Stadium in 1964.

    Lord, does the clock rush by!!!! Now I’m a retired “Senior Citizen!” BS!!!!!

    • SD Guy

      My mother was a part owner, she still has the frontpage of the paper.

    • beatleboo

      Old timer here, John. I remember well Henry’s Drive In, Hilltop Teen Club, The Posh, the UA Theater and the Fox. Also used to go to a dance club on Holt Blvd in Pomona called The Broadside. Did you ever go there or to The Test on N. White Ave. in Pomona? I followed a band called December’s Children. I was in lust with their bass guitar player. โ™ฅ Sounds like we went to the same places. I wouldn’t be surprised if we knew each other. lol I see your post here was 4 years ago, so I won’t really expect a response. The memories are fun, anyway. I’m attending my 50th class reunion for Pomona High next month. Time just flies.

      • John Clifford

        Gee and you didn’t book a tour of the restored Fox? As president of Friends of the Fox I’ve done a couple of high school reunions over the past few years.

        Since I grew up in the Azusa-Glendora area, I didn’t get to Pomona that often, but was familiar with a lot of the places as we’d drive through to somewhere else.

        See, even after 4 years, you get a quick response. Of course, I’m not that same John, but . . .

        • Don Canada

          I remember attending the Fox Theater with my mom and dad in the forties. It was just beautiful. Had tapestries on the walls and a big organ with a white haired fellow playing before, during intermission and after the movies. Was just beautiful.

        • disqus_MrUTSXDMUM

          My parents belonged to the Moose Lodge Pomona near the Fox Theater. They would drop us off at the fox and go spend the afternoon drinking at the Moose Lodge. This was probably in the 1960s

          • Vietnam Vet

            My mom and dad were also members of the moose lodge in Pomona. If I remember it was upstairs in some building on 2nd.

      • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

        Yes, The Broadside on Holt. There was also The Test by the fairgrounds. That may have gone onto become The Posh.
        I moved to Newport Beach in the late 60’s and had gone with a date to a bar in either Seal Beach or Surfside, just south of Long Beach on Coast Highway and who was behind the bar? Skip, who used to own The Broadside. What a nice surprise. He and George Encell were co-owners. George had the premature gray hair and used to ask me out but I never dated him. He was a little too old for me back in the early 60’s but was good looking.
        There was also The Red Flame next to Taco Lita across from The Broadside but we had to use false ID to go there. We finally got caught and got asked to leave. Embarrassing but not before I and a Pomona cop won first place in their Saturday night dance contest. Can’t remember his name but he was good looking and blond.

        • Vietnam Vet

          Wow. I worked the floor/door, checking IDs at the Broadside. George’s girlfriends name was Kathy she would work the cash register upfront. Girls free and guys had to pay. I actually met my wife there. Knew a ton of people. I went to work there after Jonh accidentally shot himself in the leg practicing fast draw. I believe John was a karate instructor from a place across the street near automobile stero store/shop, and he went to work there after Marv Philips left there. I thought the Insex were one of the best groups that ever played any length of time there. Have always wondered what happened to the group. I think one of the band married another regular Named Lita or Susie. I was always amaze how carrying around a flashlight made a guy popular. I loved it. I can honestly say many of the best times of my life were associated with the Broadside. Wild and crazy parties, after closing, when most of the people, other then the invitees, were gone and doors were locked.

    • Candace Tremayne Montoya

      I remember the Posh but there also was a dance place that was on the second floor, up the wooden stairs, on white but I don’t remember the name of it, do you?

      • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

        That was The Test.

    • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

      I remember all of them. Henry’s was knocked down in the mid 80’s and I happened to be driving by when it was almost all done. It was fenced off and all that was left was rubble. I was mortified! I parked, jumped out of my car and asked the guy on the bull dozier to stop! He stopped and started to laugh. He said I was about the 15th person who had stopped and shouted at him. He was actually very nice. I told him about my cruising days going to Henry’s about how on Friday nights, it would take half an hour to get to the driveway from way down on Garey but only five minutes to cruise slowly through to see who was there. Hot caramel sundaes and onion rings. That’s what I would order every single time. I still have the card that was put on the windshield with instructions about putting one’s headlights on for service and on the other side, Chicken-in-the-Rough, which was their specialty. I never had it.

      As I was walking away, he asked me if I wanted a souvenir from Henry’s and suggested I look at a pile of rubble that hadn’t been hauled off. He said there was one piece of metal from the kitchen that actually had “Henry’s” written on it with a grease pencil but it was perfectly legible.

      Of cocurse, I took it and still have it but…….I’m still pissed at myself because there was a men’s urinal laying a few feet a away that I should have also taken. Understand I was involved in every one of my class reunions except for our 5 year reunion. I attended but wasn’t on the committee because I lived in Newport Beach and it was too far for me to go tot he meetings.

      Just think, I could have made the urinal the centerpiece of the memorabilia table and asked how many guys attending the reunion might have peed in that very urinal it back in 1962?

      Yup, the Broadside with Skip and George, the owners; The Posh and the Test. I loved the band that was at The Test for a long time: “Where It’s At” was their name with Eddie Carmel, the singer, a gorgeous guy with curly hair who was a great dance while he danced. He had a baby face and baby blue eyes. So cute. My favorite was when he sang the Sir Douglas Quintet’s song “The Rains Came” but did it slow and the would go down on the stage. He was fabulous. I think he was married to one of the cocktail waitresses. I understood that Eddie got heavily into drugs and that was such a shame because that boy had talent, looks and charisma on stage for miles. Sad.

      I went to Bonita High in La Verne just up the road but had a lot of friends from Pomona: Pomona High, Ganesha and Pomona Catholic.

      • davidallen909

        At least you tried to save Henry’s (and 14 others before you). Posterity thanks you for your efforts. You may know this already, but there are two or three blog posts here about Henry’s, complete with photos. Use the search function and check ’em out if you haven’t.

        • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

          Someone mentioned the car hops at Henry’s were on roller skates. Not so. No rollar skates. I also remember one of the “Rent-a-Cops” at Henry’s was “Smitty”. Can’t remember the other one. There were two who worked there. Smitty was the white haired one and friendlier but I can picture both in my mind. The second “Rent-a-Cop” had a mustache but his names escapes me. Yup, the guys would gather in the parking lot across the street. I think there was a big grocery store there. Anyway, often the drag races would be discussed there then everyone would drive to Baseline east of Claremont. I only went once because the cops would usually get word and we didn’t want to be caught for just being in the area. We loved Henry’s. There were four main drive ins that were famous in S. Calif.: Bob’s Big Boy in Pasadena, Harvey’s Broiler in Downey (I was never there), Scribner’s in Hollywood (not there either but I listened to Art Laboe who did his shows from there…and Henry’s in Pomona which was, by far, the most beautiful.

        • Sean Graves

          Hi David, do you know whatever happened to the Boar’s Head Bar and Restaurant on Mountain/Foothill in Upland? I confess I had a few too many Bud Ice 25oz mugs of beer there in the mid-’90’s during the late night hours on Fridays lol…

          • davidallen909

            I don’t, Sean, although I wonder if it might not be today’s Limerick’s Pub in the shopping center on the SW corner of that intersection.

      • Vietnam Vet

        I believe Skip first started the Seawitch, in Hollywood, then sold that and opened the Broadside and then sold the Broadside to George. I think that was Skips talent and heard he went on to another but never heard where. When the Insex split up The Broadside tried to book individual, past artist, but slowly but surly George lost his but.

    • Bob Anderson

      Hi John my name is Bob Anderson I lived in Pomona at that time and hung out it melts back the parking lot drinking beer and having fun are used to go to Henryโ€™s New Orleans other places hung out at the big T their own Gary and foothill do you have any old pictures from back then in the 60s of Mills parking lot males or Henryโ€™s if so please let me know
      PS I want to Ganesha hi school in Pomona are used to be in the chancellors car club

    • John Schick

      A LITTLE “Late!” I went to the test. Mexico Lindo restauraunt at Holt and Garey (?) had EXCELLENT Mexican food. Some of the best I’ve ever eaten.! I retired in 2007 & moved to southern Oregon. Man, I love this place!

  • Rod

    O’Reilly’s had the best chicken and burgers in Ontario… And the best fresh pies… Ray and Millie were wonderful folks and fed us ๐Ÿ™‚ like we was kings and Queens… A top notch place…

  • Julie Thorpe

    Does anyone remember the Phono-Tel in Long Beach in the late ’40s? My mother worked there, and I’m trying to find out a little information about the place — I have some photographs of the front of the place, but can’t find anything about it.


  • Bob House

    Hi Julie,

    I found an ad for Phonotel Co. in Long Beach in a 1947 Long Beach Police Department publication. Address was 557 Atlantic in Long Beach — today it’s the location of Louie’s Burgers.

    Phonotel was an interesting old service. Jukeboxes, equipped with phones (but not records), were installed in public places and linked by telephone lines to a central office. To play a selection, you picked up the phone and told the operator what you wanted to hear. The operator would go over to a phonograph linked to your location’s jukebox, place your record selection on a turntable in her office and you would hear the music through the speaker on the jukebox in your location — through the phone line.

    In a city, 20 or 30 “Phonotels” would be serviced out of a single central office with a separate phonograph for each jukebox. As complicated and convoluted as it sounds, that was high tech in the music business of the 40s. I’ve seen references to other Phonotel operations in Fresno and Portland, OR.

    See the publication with the Phonotel ad here:

    The ad is on page 20, left column.

    [Bob, you continue to amaze me. I’m emailing Julie so she knows to check back to look for your response. — DA]

  • Scott

    Trappers Inn in La Habra. I believe it was on Harbor Blvd.

  • Tom Shirk

    I was stationed at both General Dynamics plants in Pomona and Rancho Cucamonga in 87 – 88 and remember both Saritas on Holt in Pomona and the Red Hill Cafe on Foothill as my favorite restaurants……I miss the old times with great friends back then! Cheers!

    • Ted Ellenhorn

      Ah. My father was at GD and I remember those places well

  • Barbara Rhode-Mullins Eubanks

    Man I wish I had some recipes from Saritas, especially for their enchilada sauce and the kind of cheese that they used….I could make a fortune here in Georgia…..they have no idea what Mexican food is all about…..I have been able to duplicate some of the recipes…..but if you run across the enchilada sauce…..LET ME HAVE IT ….. PLEASE:)

  • Dennis

    Oh, I, too, would like recipes from Sarita’s – not only the enchilada sauce but the actual enchilada recipe. Their cheese enchiladas were the best I’ve ever had! Although not a dish I was fond of, I understand their chili rellanos were the best anywhere by all the friends I referred to this little hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Happily I did find a recipe for their signature dessert, almondrado.

    For a time I was working at Ruffing’s School Music Supply on Garey Ave., north of HOlt. I had only 30 minutes for lunch so called Sarita’s in hopes of being able to eat in so short a time at the lunchtime hour. They apparently recognized my voice because when I arrived my table was set and the food was ready to eat.

    I grew up in Chino and one of my favorite restaurants was the Big W Restaurant on the corner of Riverside Drive and 15th Street (now Benson Avenue). Behind the restaurant were a number of small shops including a barber (B.K.) who cut my hair. I was flabbergasted when I was in my late teens to have B.K. lead me to the back of the shop to see a clipping from the Chino Champion (maybe the Progress Bulletin?) featuring me and two of my neighborhood friends getting haircuts when we were children.

    Then there was the feed store on the corner of Riverside Drive and Oaks Street (southeast corner), where we could buy penny candy on our way to and from El Rancho Elementary School, now closed.

    And Chino also had an A&W Drive-in Restaurant on Riverside Drive and I remember we would buy root beer in a gallon glass jug that could be refilled. I believe it’s a Mexican fast food place now.

    Xochimilko’s Mexican restaurant in Pomona (corner of Indian Hill and Holt) also had some good Mexican food.

    The first “multiplex” movie theater was the Montclair Theater on Holt east of Indian Hill. I saw Doctor Zhivago there, thoroughly blown away with the seats that tilted!!

    Robbie’s Disco in Pomona on 2nd Street was where I met my partner of 27 years while attending a concert by Debbie Jacobs, most famous for the song Undercover Lover. We later saw performances there by Gloria Gaynor, Cheryl Lynn, The Weather Girls, and Boystown Gang.

    Oh, the memories…

    [Dennis, thanks for the particularly well-observed recollections of old-time haunts. — DA]

    • Bruce N. Wheelock

      My late first wife was a wonderful pianist. Sue could play anything. During high school (PHS 1970-72), we attended First Baptist Church (corner of Gary and Holt). Frequently, whenever we walked or took the bus to First Baptist, we stopped at Ruffing’s Music, a store that she liked quite a lot. Whenever I had money, I would buy her a new piece of sheet music. Mostly classical, and a lot of showtunes; once, to my great delight, we also discovered the sheet music for the main theme from Patton, a favorite of mine.

      I remember noticing that it was missing when I went down there for my sister’s wedding a few years back. It was one of several disappointing disappearances, including the that of the Shakey’s Pizza Parlor near the corner of Gary and La Verne (it was a Mexican restaurant when I drove by). It is where I got my first (and fifth) jobs. I started out doing washing up in the kitchen and mopping out the place after everyone else was gone; I was graduated to “skin man” (the guy who stands in front of the dining room windows rolling the pizza dough) after our previous skin man came to work drunk one night and rolled his hand.

      I was working at Shakey’s for most of the time that Sue was pregnant. During that pregnancy, she developed a craving for anchovy pizza. We took phone orders, and after they were cooked, they were placed on top of the ovens to keep them warm. If there were any still up there when we closed, the employees got to take them home. Word got around at some point about Sue and anchovy pizzas. Suddenly, somehow, there was always a large anchovy pizza still sitting up there when we closed whenever I was working. She always thought it was really sweet of them.

      Amusingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, once our son was born, she was never interested in getting near and anchovy pizza for the rest of her life.

      • Judy Chambers

        I remember Shakey’s Pizza. I lived just a short distance from there on Deodar Rd.

      • Ted Ellenhorn

        Isn’t that the Shakey’s that legend reports that Frank Zappa and his father would buy dough there and then put peanut butter and whatever on top and made a business out of that?

        Well, that is what I heard.

        In any event, we used to go there after Claremont and Damien football games. The salad bar and big pitchers of coke were the best!

    • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

      Sarita’s across from Pomona Catholic is where I discovered tacos made with flour tortillas. I still make them that way today. Just have to watch them carefully because they can burn very quickly crying up much faster then corn tortillas. Try them!

  • Barbara Karady

    Our employee, Lucky White, built the Rotabar, the only rotating bar in Southern California, in the Dinnerhorn Restaurant on Azusa in Covina. Lucky also created the “star” that appeared on top of the Eastland Mall in Covina, CA.

    I have researched all that I am able, and have not found anything in the Covina Argus or from Google.

    Can you help me with any information about these 2 creations?

    Lucky White worked for Valencia Heights Water Company (VHWC) and the company is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. His wife (89 years old) still works for VHWC and I would love to honor her husband at a staff dinner at the old Dinnerhorn, now Clearman’s Northwood’s Inn, October 17, 2012.

    Can you help?

    I would appreciate any information that you could share.

    Thank you.

  • Shelly B.

    What restaurant was on the corner of Euclid and Foothill in the 70’s? I remember getting snails in garlic butter there. The city was Upland.

    • davidallen909

      The Stuft Shirt, and later The Arbor, were on that corner.

      • Shelly B.

        Thank you so much!!

  • Diana Manny

    Betsy Ross on Foothill Blvd before Mountain in Claremont. It was a coffee shop ice cream palor. They had the best sundaes with these awesome wafer cookies on the side. I think it became a real estate office later on. I remember the Disco on Foothill and Garey. My parents went there in the 70’s. Griswalds had a great Santa breakfast every year and their candy shop and bakery was the best. Green’s Deli, the owners were so nice. I think my parents had a tab there. I would eat lung there and put it on my parents house account. What about the Point up the hill going to Baldy? Everyone in high school used to drive up there and climb back in. They called it the carpet too since someone put a huge carpet up there. There would be 30 + people up there. It’s not there anymore since they developed homes up there. Craft Design in the Village and AKline chocolatiers. I loved both of those places. The Tastee Bagel on Foothill. Loved their bagels. What was the name of the grocery store in the Claremont Village?

    • davidallen909

      Bentley’s was the grocery store.

    • Houston Calhoun

      Yes, I remember the Betsy Ross Coffee Shop on Foothill Boulevard in Claremont, as well as the Betsy Ross Coffee Shop on Grand Avenue in Glendora. Both places where visited frequently during my youth (my parents and I went to the Glendora restaurant more since it was closer to us).

      My father would proclaim with staunch belief that the two best ice creams in the world came from Thrifty’s (triple scoop cone) and Betsy Ross (chocolate sundae). My mother enjoyed the food more at Betsy Ross, and was content with a single scoop of vanilla ice cream at the end of her meal.

      As for myself, I was a local favorite at the Glendora Betsy Ross. When the waitresses saw me coming in with my parents, they already knew what my order was going to be….a Patty Melt with Fries, and for dessert, four scoops of Black Licorice Ice Cream. That ice cream must have had heroin in it, because I was addicted to it. I went through withdrawals for that gooey ice cream every week. Sure, the ice cream looked like an oil slick, but it tasted so damn good. And yes, most of the patrons and employees would stare at me as I wolfed down the ice cream like a fattened pig.

      Sadly, as we all know, Betsy Ross closed down. In fact, my parents and I were somewhat shocked because we never heard the staff say anything about, and we were there every week or two. Just one day we drove up to have dinner and ice cream, and saw it was closed. Like I said, we were a bit shocked.

      Alas, such memories are bittersweet, for my parents are gone now, and pretty much all that is left are the images that sometimes come forward when someone mentions a place that I can remember. Someone mentions Betsy Ross, and I remember sitting in a booth, shoveling spoonfuls of Black Licorice Ice Cream into my mouth, looking across the table to see my dad laughing at me while my mom shook her head and said “I don’t know how you can eat that”.

      It was an enjoyable moment, but sadly, one that could not last forever.

      I miss Betsy Ross Coffee Shop, as much as the many places from my youth that are no longer here.

      But most of all, I miss my mom and dad.

      • Rick

        There was also a Betsy Ross at the Pomona Valley Center at Indian Hill(Alexander Ave) and Holt. I worked at Nash’s Department Store PVC in 1969 and at Sear’s Pomona in the early 70’s. Newberry’s at the Pomona Valley Center had a lunch counter. Newberry’s also had the best popcorn. When I was in elementary school and got my allowance, I would walk from our house at Harvard and Ramona in Montclair, with friends, to buy Newberry’s popcorn. Of course, the Pomona Valley Center doesn’t exist anymore.

        Henry’s at Garey and Foothill: my older sister met her future husband there. He had recently graduated from Pomona Catholic Boy’s High School, or as it was called back then, “PC”, and my sister from Montclair High. When I was a freshman at Montclair, 1964-65, I went to the Backwards Dance with a senior. We went to Henry’s after the dance.

      • John Schick

        Ever try a hot fudge sundae at Coffee Dan’s in West Covina across the 10 fwy from Eastland Shopping Center? WOW! Never had better!

    • Jared Malan


    • Judy Chambers

      I went to Betsey Ross many times and met my first husband at Griswald’s

    • Ted Ellenhorn

      When I was 16 I was driving on that road behind Betsy Ross that curved and there were apartments there, and I came across a very large tortoise crossing the road. I picked it up and brought it to my home on 9th Street in Claremont. It would always escape and “run” down our alley and we would realize it was gone and go looking for the it. It may have escaped a day or two before we realized it was gone, but it never made it further than a couple of houses down the alley. Why a tortoise behind Besty Ross? There was no parking lot back there, only chaparral. Remember all of the areas that were chaparral. Remember horny toads?

      The grocery store was Bentley’s. Remember the gas station across from Walter’s. Huge lines during the Carter gas crises–made the front page of the Courier. Now that is something.

    • John Schick

      Betsy Ross had KILLER ice cream. !!!!

  • Billy E. Settle

    Carroll’s restaurant on Foothill blvd. Pomona, was a Bob’s Big Boy when I moved to La Verne in 1978, Can you give me the year it became Carroll’s ?Thank You D.A.

    • davidallen909

      You mean Carrows? No idea, sorry, although I’m glad to know that used to be a Bob’s!

      • Judy Dixon Gabaldon

        I love Carrows. A bit off topic, but there used to be three in Las Vegas and now they’re all something else (TGIF, or whatever). I still go to Carrows whenever we go to Rialto (not too far from Pomona).

        • beatleboo

          There’s a very nice Carrows on N. Mountain in Upland, just below Arrow Hwy.

  • Judy Dixon Gabaldon

    I remember an outdoor theater located somewhere around Ontario or Upland. It was called (something) Gardens. I saw both Ray Charles and James Brown there – in the mid 60’s. Anyone else remember that venue?

    • davidallen909

      Well, there was Royal Tahitian in Ontario, where both those guys performed (search on my blog for pictures), and which had an outdoor performance area. Pomona had Rainbow Gardens, which I think was indoors.

      • Judy Dixon Gabaldon

        That might have been it, David, but how in the world I came up with “Gardens” as part of the name, I have no idea. That does sound vaguely familiar. Thank you so much. P.S. Are you on Facebook?

      • Judy Dixon Gabaldon

        After looking at the vintage ads included with your blog, I now don’t feel so stupid and “off the mark” with my memory of “gardens” in the name. I see in one ad, it said, “Royal Tahitian – Concert Gardens” I feel redeemed. (LOL).

        • beatleboo

          The Royal Tahitian rocked! I saw James Brown there several times.

          • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

            I saw James Brown there too! We had a little table directly in front of the stage. I went with Lennis, my boyfriend of many years. Brown put on a fantastic show.

      • beatleboo

        I remember the Rainbow Gardens! It was a dance hall. Wasn’t it across the street from the YMCA on Garey Ave?

        • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

          No but close. It was off Garey just south of Holt going. There was a huge class ball over the dance floor. It burned down and people said it was definitely arson. Too bad. It was a nice place and well maintained.

      • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

        I saw Roy Orbison and others at The Rainbow Gardens. We used to go to teen dances there often. It was beautiful. At least to us compared to the after game dances at the Y on Garey in Pomona. I think those were in the gym. All the area high schools in the Pomona Valley attended. (Bonita HS ’62) I remember the lady who owned the Rainbow Gardens. She was always dressed to the max.

      • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

        My boyfriend, Lennis and I saw James Brown at the Royal Tahitian. I believe it was on Riversdie Dr. just west of Archibald. We had a tiny little table five ft. from the stage. That was before big stars had concerts and one could be up close to the stage and almost touch the performers.

  • Roxanne Basica

    Love this discussion! I have lived in Upland since 1968 and here are my hubby’s & mine most missed Restaurants in this area
    Hollander Cafeteria Montclair Plaza
    Jolly Roger Montclair Plaza
    Soups On
    Griswold’s Bakery & Restaurant
    Roval’s on Foothill in Rancho Cucamonga
    Olivers on Foothill in Upland Burned down
    The Phoenix Chinese Restaurant on Central Montclair
    Brigham’s Coffee Shop on San Antonio & Foothill Upland
    Las Cazuelitas in downtown Upland
    Kinisons Bar & Grill Upland
    Espresso Yourself Upland
    Bistro Roti Upland Hills
    Mural House Ontario
    Magnolia Peach Upland
    Lord Charlie’s Upland
    El Gato Gordo Upland
    Donahoo’s Chicken Ontario
    A&W Rootbeer Carhop Ontario & Upland

    • davidallen909

      Roxanne, nice list, and I liked seeing a few 21st century restaurants on it. While I’d heard of most on your list, Brigham’s and Olvers were new ones to me. Lastly, did you know there’s still a Donahoo’s in Ontario, at Grove and 4th?

    • Sherlock Ohms

      Do you recall a chicken ranch on Arrow hwy and Benson I think it was?, it had a ranch home out front and at the rear of the driveway an egg store that usually was not manned but had a coffee can sitting on the counter next to flats of eggs.
      It was across from a Mobile home park which came after the ranch however I still recall them fighting about the flies and the smells, in fact the owner, Mike Rossitter, My Stepmother’s father became a city councilman as a result of their heated battles. The egg ranches are gone now, at least that one is, he had Sunshine eggs plant nearby I forgot where now.

      • Vicki Porto

        Oh my goodness, we used to go to that egg ranch. Had to be mid60s. I grew up on Deborah Ct.

    • Judy Chambers

      The A&W Root Beer place on Foothill was a regular stop for my brother & I. Anybody remember the Orange Julius stand not far from there ?

      • Richard_Pietrasz

        The Orange Julius on Foothill, I believe in Claremont, was the first place I remember stopping in this area. My cross country team had drinks there in fall 1973. Little did I know I would be living in the area 5 years later.

  • Roxanne Basica

    Brigham’s is where Mora Japanese Steakhouse is now.
    It was King’s Buffet for a while
    Oliver’s was great steaks & seafood on the level & style of Cask & Cleaver. Some rumor about the chef or owner disgruntled and lighting a match…Maybe Daily Bulletin has real story.
    Donahoo’s at 4th & Grove is still open? I thought just the sign is up
    I worked at Alpha Beta Grocery @ 4th & Grove in the 70’s
    when it closed owner died I always see the sign there when I go to Halgrens Candy but I never see the security gate open for business
    Donahoo’s is open & busy on Garey in Pomona.

    • Dan Neuenschwander

      Gene and Maureen Smith owned Oliver’s in the late 70’s to early 80’s. I knew them from church, and they had mentioned they were sure one of their employees that they had to get rid of came back for revenge. Of course there was always the rumor it was they who set the fire to get insurance money but rumors are usually that – rumors. I think In-N-Out sits on the property now. I used to work at the Instant Burger next to the New China (the old Sage Hen) on Foothill & Central back in the 70’s. My, have times changed just a bit.

      • Judy Chambers

        Wow, can’t tell you how often we ate at the Sage Hen. I wouldn’t have remembered the name until you reminded me. I was only about 3 when we started going there.

        • Gary

          Sage Hen was awesome according to my parents… I was too you. Building is still there but it is a different restaurant

  • keith

    anybody remember Westoaks Drive In charbroil in Okc Oklahoma in 60’s and70’s

  • beatleboo

    I have been trying to no avail to find any information or photos of the old Fosters Freeze that was on the corner of Garey Ave and W. Willow St. in Pomona CA. It was right on the corner in the shopping center where Hamiltons Drugs, later to be Longs, and Alpha Beta Market were. I know it was there. I lived at 227 E. Willow St. across from Pomona Valley Hospital, which is now a parking lot. In the late 50’s and 60’s I used to walk to Fosters Freeze and buy the best lemon slush that has ever existed. Nothing like it can be found anywhere now. Believe me, I’ve looked! What I’m really looking for is a picture of the Fosters Freeze. Can anyone help me, please?

    • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

      No photos but I remember Foster’s Freeze well and ate a lot of sundaes there.

    • bruce w. baker

      I remember back in the 60.s, & 70’s some Frosty or Fosters Freeze’s, & Fosters Donuts . Both not far from P. V. Hospital. Also both on Alosta in Glendora. ca.. Also remember a Frosty or Fosters Freeze on Foothill in La Canada ca. Also a Henry’s restaurant followed by a Conrad’s, & presently a Hill Street or Hill Top cafe. This all at the south end of Angles Crest highway 2 Also in La Canada too. I also totally miss The Ponderosa restaurant followed by the Polo Club then a fancy new Sizzler Steak House now torn down for a chicken place near A P U.. Sometimes progress just sucks !

  • Debbie Johnson

    Does anyone remembehamburger place called Arrow Burgers? in covina/azusa? (Not sure)On arrow hwy of course…
    anyway I was wondering who was owner….was her name Lil
    Mayme and was her last name Vogt?…
    My mother used to work there in about 1955 56 or/and 1957

  • Rose Ruiz

    Does anyone remember what year the pop n taco was closed down? The one of the corner of Arrow Hwy and Cerritos in Azusa CA?

  • jillymd

    Leaning Tower of Pizza in Ontario was my grandparents’ restaurant. They later opened Roma Pizza on Central in Upland. I have footage of the whole family working at Leaning Tower on this compilation of family films I made here:

    • Laura Garcia

      My mom used to get pizza from there , it was the best pizza around . Still haven’t tasted one as good since . It’s now a Juan Pollo Chicken

  • Candace Tremayne Montoya

    There was a teen hangout at Foothill near Central called Stinkys it was a rock structure. There was Jade Palace on Holt in Montclair i’b the 60s that was sort of fancy and very good. The old Holiday Inn on Centraljust north of the Freeway That had a live band club area in it. The Stuft Shirt restaurant corner of Euclid and Holt in Upland.

    • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

      I remember them well. The Stuff Shirt was very upscale for back then.

      • Louie Ramos

        Hi does any one remember the bar driftwood in. on benson and foothill which is now a janitor business they had great cheeseburgers

        • Suzanne Castillo Devlin

          More then anything, I remember Henry’s. The line to just drive through usually went all the way back down Garey south of Foothill. It would take 10 minutes just to get to the driveway to cruise through the drive in area then back in line again and again. People used to come from Pasadena, Burbank, Downey, LA and everywhere to cruise Henry’s. It was the most beautiful drive-in in Southern California. Hot caramel sundaes and onion rings and “Chicken in the Rough”, as it was called!!!

    • Estaben Calabacas

      I belive Stinky’s was at Foothill and Benson….great burgers

  • MelanieR

    Garfield-Cottage Hospital at the corner of Garey and Garfield Avenues, in Pomona. Few people even remember it existed. Dr. William Stahl and his wife Bobbi, an RN, owned ran it.

    • Mark Jones

      Boy, I remember that hospital. I was born there.

      • MelanieR

        I was too!

    • Judy Chambers

      Wow, Dr. Stahl was my Dr. I was in that hospital several times. He took my appendix out in that hospital. My best friends mother who lived across the street from us was an RN at Dr. Stahl’s Hosp.

      • MelanieR

        I wonder if it was the same nurse who was my moms friend, too? I want to say her name was Betty Tremaine.

  • Bruce N. Wheelock

    Number one on my list of “things that aren’t there anymore” is Valley Community Theatre.

    When I was first exposed to VCT, it was an old church on San Antonio near Holt. In 1970, my 10th grade Drama Teacher at PHS, John Alberts, directed a musical called “The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd” there. The next show was “Harvey,” for which I ran sound and music.

    That location of VCT is where I briefly got involved with the first girl I ever kissed. We used to make out in the lighting booth during performances of “Harvey,” while scenes were running.

    After “Harvey” closed, VCT moved to the old Moose Lodge on the second floor of the building that is across Garey Avenue from the Fox theater. The floor had been vacated after the Pomona Police Department raided the Moose Lodge and busted the poker room before they could hide the money. The lodge was shut down, and the floor was available for us to rent at a price we could afford.

    The next year I met my future wife in the Drama Department at Pomona High School. We did “Inherit the Wind,” and a beautiful senior named Susan McKnight played my wife.

    Our first date was at the Fox theater in 1970, to see a double bill of “Patton” and “MASH.” Not the most romantic of movies, perhaps, but we were both deeply enmeshed in theatre, and everyone had heard about what great acting there was in those two films.

    In 1971, VCT did “Carousel.” Sue and I ran lights together for that show. In the light booth during a performance one night, while the lengthy ballet sequence in the second act was going, I suddenly asked her to marry me. She cried. She said yes.

    Later, after I enlisted in the Navy and we went off to Norfolk, VCT moved to what had been a grocery store in the mall at the foot of Indian Hill Boulevard, at the opposite end of the mall from the Sears store. My father became the sort of theatre electrician when they were designing and putting together a lighting system.

    At some point after that, VCT closed, vanishing forever. I’ve never known why. But it was gone. Sigh.

    • maxpug

      Anybody remember the Orange Julius on Foothill in Claremont?
      It still had the little devil on the sign.

      • Richard_Pietrasz

        Yes. My cross country team stopped there the first time I was ever in Claremont in 1973.

      • Ted Ellenhorn

        I grew up a few blocks from there–loved that place

  • Don Canada

    Anyone on this thread have any idea when Betsy Ross closed in Covina? Better still, anyone have pictures of Betsy Ross in Covina.

  • Gary G.

    Does anybody remember back in the 50s and 60s on the corner of San Bernardino Rd. and foothill in Rancho Cucamonga a drive-through hamburger stand shaped like a circus clowns hat? After they tore it down and 8-track stereo shop was built for automobiles. It was just across the street from the sycamore inn and a quarter car wash on the other side. Now it’s just dirt.and are there any pictures of that drive-through hamburger stand?

    • Robin credico

      Gary I think your referring to Grinder Haven on Holt west of San Antonio or DeGanges farther west on holt maybe on mission.. Grinder Haven still there but I heard they are not baking bread the same maybe new owners. Will check it out. In the 60s my mom took us there when she needed a break . Henry’s another favorite.. my father would only take us to DiCentos supper house on foothill other haunt of his was “Casa De Mayo ” on 9th St now called the Cask and Clever. My dad was also food and beverage mgr of the most night spot in Ontario “THE ROYAL TAHITION” on Whispering Lakes Gulf Course. Headliners , luau s , , as a kid my brothers ,friends and I had a ball.. endless cocktail onions and more question to you David’ Allen ( I remember you from school) .do you recall little italian deli owned by “THE LECORES”? Holt and Indian hill Pollichillis?????

      • davidallen909

        You actually don’t know me from school — I didn’t grow up here. Sorry! I’m not familiar with the deli you mention. As for the Royal Tahitian, you might search for that on this blog — I’ve posted about it a couple of times.

      • Denise Hebrank

        I remember Pollicelli’s! My dad would take us there to get Italian lunchmeats. I learned to LOVE mortadella with pistachio’s and what I called “greasy pepper thin salami” Oh my ! The memories!

    • Mark Jones

      Sounds like Rick’s GoGo burgers. I grew up on red hill, and ate at Ricks often. Not because it was good, but in those days (60’s-70’s) there wasn’t anything else around. Darn I miss the good old Cucamonga!

    • Tim Olague

      The location sounds like it became or was near a swim club. And yes, there doesn’t appear to anything there now

  • Gary

    Anyone remember Tony’s Beef Dip in Pomona, I think it was on 4th street near the City of Pomona yards. Red and white checked table cloths and saw dust on the floor…the pickles were the best

    • davidallen909

      But Gary, Tony’s is still around! Second Street, red-checked tablecloths, pickles, all of it. There are a couple of posts on this blog about it.

      • Gary

        Wow. I read most of the blogs, must have missed that–thanks.
        Now I have one that might stump you. I remember eating burritos that my parents bought…we lived in Pomona off of Jefferson by Lincoln Park,,,,,that were made of shredded beef, white cheese, and a flour tortilla. The tortilla was cooked with little black spots on it when over a flame, the juice from the beef was incredibly savory, and the tortilla shell would almost become translucent from the juice on it. You could get it with sour crรจme, but mostly we had them without. Any ideas where this might have been or still is?
        Also I remember that they were wrapped in aluminum foil with one extra white paper wrapping on the inside of the foil….
        I would ask my parents, but they are gone,,,

        • davidallen909

          Do you mean Juanita’s on Indian Hill? If so, that’s still there too, and I’ve posted about it on this blog as well, just like Tony’s. If not, then I don’t know.

          • Richard Castillo

            Agreed David. Gary, this has to be Juanita’s! Your description is dead on!

          • Ted Ellenhorn

            What was the name of the place across from the old Montclair Theater? Not the big dance place, but a small lunch shop just east of the theater. Amazing burritos with huge chilies in the middle. I worked at the Montclair from 1975-1981.

      • Ted Ellenhorn

        Peanut shells on the floor! That place was amazing

  • Gary

    Anyone remember Genes Grinders? 70 ish… I think on Holt or Mission in Montclair?

  • Gary

    Anyone Remember Sambos?

    • davidallen909

      The earliest Sambo’s here was on Indian Hill Blvd in Claremont; it was joined by ones in Chino and La Verne. They were all gone by 1985.

    • Rrralph

      The Dennys on Central Ave & 60 in Chino, as I recall as a kid, was a Sambos. I think a lot of Denny’s were Sambos first.

      • Sean Graves

        Yes I remember going to Sambo’s as a young child not knowing that “sambo” was a racial term lol.

    • Judy Chambers

      I thought that became Denny’s to be Politically correct.

      • Gary

        I think Denny’s bought them but I saw one in Santa Barbata last year but all of the characters were taken down

  • bruce w. baker

    I haven’t read every post here, maybe 25 of them so far ! I was expecting to read about the Old Hickory Inn in Glendora which now is a Wall Greens Parking lot! How about The Timbers on 66, & Lone Hill ! The nearby Woodshed bar is a Mac Donald’s, & a auto repair shop. The always packed Ponderosa restaurant was my favorite restaurant ever, it was on Alosta, & Citrus . Then came the Polo Club, then that beautifull building was torn down for a fancy Sizzler also always with a waiting line. Then it gets torn down too! I hear it was because A P U College wanted their chicken without beer!

  • Pam Daniels Wilson

    Does anyone remember the name of the dance club in Fontana CA that was located on Sierra Ave close to Kaiser Hospital during the late 1980’s 1987?

    • TERESA

      yes, it was called El Castillo”s. Now it’s a dentist. Do you recall a club in Pomona called Grand Central Station on Holt.

      • 4hmnrghts

        Omg, Grand Central Station! I couldn’t remember the name of it. My friends and I used to go every weekend because it was a 16 and over club, no alcohol allowed.

        • sweeth2o

          I remember “Grand” as we used to call it! Only went there a couple of times before they changed the name to “New Image” ( I think ). The club I enjoyed the most was in Upland called, “Seventh Street”. I believe all of these clubs, and others, were owned by two guys named Ron and Steve. I went dancing with my friends, to these clubs, every chance I got (including school nights). I lived in Upland and was too young to drive, but we always found a way to get to Pomona to go dancing! What fun and crazy memories!

  • Steven L Heal

    Anybody remember bakers taco on the azusa Avenue near Valley Boulevard is it related anyway to the Baker’s drive-through they have now

  • Rrralph

    I’m from Chino, and there’s been loads of changes in the city over the years. These are some of the places that I recall from my childhood that were taken down in the 80’s/90’s.
    1. The old meat processing plant on 5th just above D st. I remember walking through the alley behind the plant and seeing the sides of beef hanging from hooks, and the smell. Very unique smell.
    2. 6th St – The old narrow movie theater. I remember my dad taking me on Saturday afternoons. I saw reruns of movies like “Them” the giant ants. It later was turned into a army surplus that lasted a few years.
    3. The tea house/cafe where the older Chino folks (mostly older ladies) would go for small sandwiches and coffee. I never went in there.
    4. Foodland, which moved around the corner onto D st about 2006, and still has the same owners from about 35 years ago. A Chinese couple.
    5. Tom Mcann shoe store. My mom would take me there for shoes.
    6. A western gear store. I remember a big fiberglass horse in the front window.
    7. Herbs Hardware. I remember all kinds of old neat things up on the walls when I’d go in with my dad. It’s still there but now as a kid museum since about 2005.
    8. The “Copa” bar. A rowdy place. There was a bunch more on 6th street but can’t recall anymore except for a dentist I believe.
    9. Mcleans Stationary on D st. (Now Foodland uses this space). I almost forgot, when I was about 9, I was walking with my two aunts past a metal side door of Mcleans located in the alley. Just as I walked by the metal door, Mr. Mclean busted through the door and knocked the heck out of me – the door hit my head. My aunts panicked and were yelling at Mr. Mclean. I remember feeling a bit woozy, and Mr. Mclean apologizing. I felt bad for Mr. Mclean because of how mad my aunts were with him.

    This whole area of 6th street was razed to make a small park and Senior housing. The building the former Herbs Hardware exists was the concrete First National Bank originally and will probably remain as a downtown attraction of what Chino used to look like along with a few other small brick buildings on D st that are pretty old.

  • Michelle

    I was born in Los Angeles many years ago. My family went every year to a place called Monte Vista Lodge I believe on Euclid Street in I believe Ontario. It was like the Catskills on the East Coast. What happened to it and what is at that site now. I have many happy memories of our weeks there.

  • Patriot Ray

    I lived in Glendora California in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s went to Williams Elementary school. During that time around the Christmas season there was a hill just off route 66 Foothill Blvd. that I remember as either Christmas Hill, Santa Claus Hill or Holiday Hill.
    Does anyone have any information or remember it?

    • Judy Chambers

      I remember the place but not the name for sure.

    • Richard_Pietrasz

      The only hill I can think of that meets that description is Redhill in Cucamonga. I do not recall any of the names you mentioned.

  • Patriot Ray

    Sorry Huntington Dr.

  • Rick Boyens

    Pre posh…..rainbow gardens. Garey ave across thevstreet from ym ca…burned down earlyn60s7

  • Kathy

    Do you remember ‘The Noblest Pastrami of All’ on San Bernardino Rd. In Cucamonga in the 70’s? Never had a pastrami sandwich that good since.

  • Jorge

    Found my way here looking for the year that Lord Charley’s closed. It was there that Rima and I began our tradition of the waiter’s glass — we’d order a bottle of wine with dinner and request that the waiter set a third glass — never had to ask twice until we tried to introduce Los Angeles restaurants to the idea. At LC we never had to look for a waiter.

    Several of us attended the closing of the Crystal Cafeteria in Pomona, one of Bill Russell’s favorite places. (Bill was the chairman of the music department at Pomona College.) Shortly thereafter, a Cajun place opened up a block away run by a long-haul trucker who brought his own supplies in from Louisiana.

    Rex, whose real name was impossibly long, came from Thailand to study at Claremont Graduate School, then stayed to become a restaurateur. He had a place a bit west of Griswold’s and was respected for his immoderate (read “authentic”) use of chilies. Near him was a butcher who sold the best meat I’ve ever found, like two-inch-thick veal escalopes that could make anyone seem like a great cook.

    Walter’s, the coffee shop on Yale, was owned by an Afghan when I lived there. He served not only the classic American menu but biryani, pakora, and homemade yoghurt as well.

    For a time, several disused railroad cars had been converted into a theme restaurant whose name escapes me โ€ฆ on a siding in eastern Claremont, perhaps? โ€ฆ that Joop de Ruiter became addicted to. Joop was the organ-builder sent out by the Flentrop factory in Holland to install a chamber organ at the colleges. When he wasn’t cursing at his pipes in Dutch, he was rounding up yet another group to go “eat at the train”.

    Ron Mittino, a social-studies teacher from Upland, opened La Piccoletta back in my day, probably 1977, using his mother’s recipes from Le Marche. I think he said that he inherited the medieval refectory motif from the previous tenants. Mamma even helped in the kitchen at first, until he brought Enzo in as sous-chef and ultimately sold the place to Enzo ’round about 1980. Linda took over after Enzo and their young son died in a freak accident while visiting family in Milan.

    The Pyrenees in Chino was another restaurant known for trestle tables and family-style service. Very popular with the local Basque community. Haven’t seen its like since.

    • davidallen909

      Jorge: Lots of great comments, thanks. My impression is that Lord Charley’s closed in the early ’90s, but I might be off by a few years. The same Afghan family still owns Walters.

      About the train-themed restaurant, that would be The Railroader, about which you can read elsewhere on this blog:

      • Handsome Package

        What was the name of the drive in theater on foothill at D street in La Verne. Remember the old Fontana raceway on Foothill Blvd in Fontana just past the vineyards in Rancho.

        • Charles Bentley

          It was the Mt. Baldy Drive-In. It had a wonderful large sign that showed skiers in motion coming down slopes.

          • Handsome Package

            Thank you Charles it’s been years that I forgot the name of that Drive-In.

          • Judy Chambers

            Well, its just been too many years. I’ve been living in Texas for the last 36 years. I have a mental picture of that sign at the theater but not until you described it.

        • Judy Chambers

          Gees, I don’t remember the name of it but I sure went there many times.

          • Handsome Package

            I think it was the Mt. Baldly Drive In. On Foothill and D Street

      • Handsome Package

        Was that the Lord Charley’s home of the prime rib on Foothill Blvd near Central Ave? I think your right that it closed in the early 90’s.

    • Judy Chambers

      I loved the Crystal Cafeteria, but around General Dynamics it was better known as the Cain & Crutch Club at least that’s what my Dad always called it.

      • Gary

        The house is still there

    • Ted Ellenhorn

      The Basque restaurant! Huge plates of pork chops and fries!!

    • Sandy

      Lord Charlies closed about 1997/98 . I know this because , first of all, it was both mine and my husbands most favorite place for a special dinner . They sure treated us like we were royalty ! And I started working Baseline Hardware in 1994. We had gone there several times while I was working there. I sure miss that place and their great managers/ waiters .

  • Chris Jones

    What was the grocery store that was in the plaza in Victorville, during the 70’s??

  • Denise Hebrank

    The Barrister Restaurant in Pomona. I felt sooo grown up going their for special dinners with my parents… The Firehouse had the best oyster bar too!

  • Denise Hebrank

    There was a little French Bistro on the corner of Foothill and Central? Oliver’s was up from there before it burned down. I have racked by brain to remember the name.

  • Chauncey L. Snyder

    Does anyone remember an In & Out burger on Towne Ave. in Pomona, ca. Just north of Arrow Hwy. or a Stater Bros on the corner of Mountain and Foothill Blvd. in Claremont, Ca.?

    • davidallen909

      I’ve heard of that In N Out, evidently a rare failure. Donut Queen was also at that intersection. I wasn’t aware of the Stater Bros, although there’s one a few blocks west. There’s a Sprouts market at Mountain and Foothill now. Before that I think it was a Ralphs.

      • RadioGuyChris

        That Stater Bros was on Foothill just east of Towne. It was behind the Straw Hat Pizza place and across Foothill from the Marie Callenders.

        • davidallen909

          That Stater’s is still in business, as is Marie Callender’s.

          • Ted Ellenhorn

            There used to be an in-N-out on Foothill and central…I think it was central..anyhow, I was a waiter at DiCenso’s for 5 years. My first night working there, I was riding my purple Peugeot 10 speed back home at around midnight and I stopped there and bought a double double, fries, and a chocolate shake with my first tip money. Best meal of my entire life. That was 1978.

          • Tim Olague

            Yep. I think that was the first in the area, along with the one on Arrow and Mountain, Both became EZ Burgers, and now the one on Foothill serves a different cuisine, I believe

      • Charles Bentley

        Just FYI – That In-N-Out was not a failure. It in fact was a popular hangout for then-La Verne College students, so much so that the decision was made to move it to Foothill & D Street in La Verne, a far better location.

    • Ann M. Adam

      Mountain & Foothill would have been in Upland unless they’ve moved the city boundaries. I think that Monte Vista now is the boundary of Upland & Montclair at Foothill. Montclair wasn’t incorporated when I grew up in Upland, 1936 ~ 1957 and Benson was a road in the wash and used to get to Cable Airport.

    • Judy Chambers

      I spent so much time eating and driving through In & Out Burger on Towne Ave. I think I spent more time there than at home.Then there was The Donut Queen right by there. We bought donuts there nearly every Sunday.

    • Richard_Pietrasz

      I believe that was a Vons and the Staters was a bit west at Towne. I often shopped there when I lived nearby 78 to 84. That location has been a Sprouts market for a number of years now.

      That Mountain is in Claremont, and often called Claremont Mountain to remove the ambiguity.

  • Judy Chambers

    Ok, I’ve read pages and pages of this blog and I haven’t seen anyone mention “Orlando’s”, the steakhouse place on Holt. It was such a regular hangout for the employees of General Dynamics. We used to go there for the prime rib which was my Dad’s favorite. Is it still there or does anyone know what became of it?

  • Greg Roth

    I lived in Glendora in the early to mid 60’s–One of my fondest memories was when the Helm’s bakery trucks filled with freshly made donuts would make it’s rounds down our street– I lived off of Briargate lane. I can still taste those donuts today!

  • Say it ain’t so

    There used to be a Chinese restaurant in nyc in the early 80s, I’d say 1984, that was called “the annex”. It was located between 177 and 176st and Broadway. It was a restaurant/bar with two arcades: asteroid and centipide. It had THE most delicious crispy fried chicken I have ever tasted. It would come in a basket and you could order pork fried rice to have with it. It was the best Chinese food I’ve ever had. I used to go there a lot when I was a child. Sadly they closed it down late 80s early 90s I think. Tried looking it up online but no luck. Not even a mere mention that the place ever existed… Until now lol. Anyway just throwing it out there as one of the best places that no longer exists, only in memories.

  • Salpi Ghazarian

    I just found this article, so I hope I am not too late! My family and I moved to Claremont in 1978, and my dad and mom opened Joseff’s Jewelers in Claremont. We opened in 1979, and we’re located 586 E. Baseline Rd. In the Vons shopping Center, and closed 1998. Not sure if you guys remember my dad’s store? My dad made all his designs by hand. Had some amazing customers. Faces and names I will never forget. My dad was known for his talent and honesty. My mom and dad worked together, Joseff and Aro!!! My dad’s pieces were art!!! One of a kinds!
    We lost my dad 12/12/2014 at age 72. He was on his way home from visiting friends in Downtown Los Angeles, and he had taken the Metro Link. My dad never made it home that night. For those of you that have still held on to the pieces he created for you, treasure them. My dad is gone, but his legacy lives on in us and his creations! Thank you for your time!
    Salpi Ghazarian

    • Tim Olague

      I played on a team that won a Pop Warner football championship. All of us on the team were surprised (as 13-14 year-olds) that we were awarded Gold Rings, made by Joseff. It had to be the first year they were in business. I always wore my ring up until college. Several teammates still have the ring. I believe I know the man who placed the order.

  • Lisa Tsering

    Hi all, while attending Cal Poly Pomona in the late ’70s I remember working at a record store on Indian Hill Blvd. that later closed. I think it was south of the 10. Definitely on the west side of the street.
    Does anyone remember its name?
    Great blog! So much fun to read.

    • JMac

      Lisa, I believe the store you’re thinking of was the Music Plus just south of In N Out.

      • Tad A Decker

        Yes, JMac, I agree that the music store on the west side of Indian Hill was the Music Plus. Down the street on the east side, just above PFF, there was also a Wherehouse store and a Pacific Stereo (where I purchased a record turntable!)

    • Sandy

      Pacific Stereo perhaps ? South of the 10 on Indian Hill just before you got to Holt Blvd.

  • Rick Boyens

    never see anything mentioned about RED DEVIL PIZZA

  • lschelin

    Sawyer’s Barn Family Restaurant in Rialto

  • lschelin

    The Curve Inn on Sierra Way in North San Bernardino….best burgers and best shuffleboard, table had to be 12 – 15′ long.

  • maxpug

    Does anybody remember the old Bodene’s (sp?) beer bar up on Foothill just across the San Bernardino County line? I worked there in 1973. A pretty good no-frills drinking establishment.

  • Acm

    Hello i didnt grow up in pomona but my grandpa used to visit pomona alot when he was younger. He told me there was a resturaunt on a hill that served coffee in cans? I was wondering if anyone knew the name by any chance?

  • Amy Leigh Motes

    My great grandparents owned a cafe called the greasy spoon approximately 60 years ago. Do you know anything about that? There was a house fire and they lost anything that could tell me anything about it.

  • Kathy Bolton

    I know this blog is pretty old but I want to remember where some local bars were in 1968. I was home on leave from the Army and my friend and I recently turned 21 and wanted to bar hop. I remember the first bar we went to was on Holt & Grove called the Capri Motel, upstairs above the motel. The next 2 bars I remember their name but not their location. One was called the Midway, the other McConaughey’s. Does anyone remember their location?

    • David Allen

      The Midway was on Foothill Boulevard a little east of Claremont, Kathy; I’m not sure of the cross street. Haven’t heard of McConaughey’s. The Capri Motel, by the way, is still in business!

  • Madi Mac

    Anyone remember Chang’s? A Chinese place with the big koi ponds behind glass.

  • Noramae Gomez

    Do you remember the PickNPan on Holt ? Orlando’s ? Deganges?
    The Denny’s at 5 points? How about ” In n out ” across the street from Market Basket ? I think it was called “500 ” across from the Pomona Police station? Miller’s Outpost? RedDevil pizza ? Thriftys for ice cream, Sears the Indian Hill Mall ,VandeCamps ,I Hop, H salt fish n chips my mom’s favorite was espiau’s now you have to go 2 Claremont for espiau’s, Mel’s , La Cabanya, on Garey there was a smorgasbord was it King Arthur’s? I wasn’t they were Betsy Ross at the Indian Hill Mall, and Bob’s Big Boy. I was born in 63 I still can remember. I miss driving down the 71 with my folks and loving the drive…the hills and All the Hawks flying in the sky. Now your lucky if you see 1 .

  • Paul Savage

    As I am writing this I am looking at a old Polaroid photo of myself and several other friends sitting in a booth at the Rockette taken in 1970 as it states on the back of the photo. Back in the day it was common for someone to walk around in some establishments and offer to take a Polaroid photo of you and friends at a table for a few bucks.

    I moved to California from Maine in 1967 and have lived in El Segundo since. We had close friends who had moved from Maine to Ontario years previous that we used to drive out to visit almost every Sunday.
    I remember going to the Rockette several times for a social night out and have a few drinks; but as I think back I canโ€™t remember whether it was in Ontario or one of the neighboring cities.
    Several people in the photo have since passed away but one lady in the photo who is still with us has since moved back to her little hometown in Carolina.
    I recently mentioned On Facebook that I have this photograph and she said she would dearly love to see it. They lived in Ontario for many years.
    I Will send the photo to her, with any information that I can come up, with on the for the sake of reminiscing about the โ€œgood old daysโ€. ,Would appreciate hearing from anybody who can tell me where the Rockette was would have any memories that they would like to share regarding the Rockette so I could send them to her along with the photo.
    Thanks much folk,

    • ca24

      I remember The Rockette. On the corner of Holt and Central in Montclair. Very much a Western Themed place and my older sis(met her future husband there) and her freinds would go for dancing on Fri. and Sat. nights. The house band was always great and for years was The Eddie Downs Trio, And Eddie Drake(and Muddy Berry) was part of that, butttt split off to make some records and do his own act for awhile. Phil Baugh was there before Downs bought it. I’ll try to remember to add to this if you’re interested.

  • Adilet

    Does anyone remember a manufacturing company that made Speedy Chef rotary mixers on a stand. Would like history on the company and the mixer.

  • Kris

    A great memory for me growing up in Ontario CA was me and my brother assisting mom with collecting blue chip stamps, getting our glass soda bottles together and going down the Stater Bros down the street on San Antonio Ave just north of Holt. Mom would always chit chat with Phil the Meat Guy at the Meat counter, who later opened his own Meat and Deli Shop on Mountain Avenue in between D and G streets. Phil, his wife Aurora and family worked super hard and made everything from fabulous cuts of meat, deli sandwiches to awesome burritos and nachos. We loved visiting them and getting yummy food!