This was posted recently on the “things that aren’t here anymore” thread, but let’s give it its own blog entry. Take it away, Judi Guizado:
“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 named Price Barrett.”
Leaving aside the visual of “food wearing roller skates” — sorry, Judi, I couldn’t resist — we may as well talk about drive-in restaurants.
I hadn’t heard of Mona’s, but I’ve written about McDonald’s BBQ, a drive-in in Ontario on Holt at San Antonio in the 1940s. It was no relation to the McDonald brothers’ operation in San Bernardino. Then there was Mel’s at Holt and Palomares in Pomona, which opened in 1952, closed in 1995 and sold burgers initially for 18 cents. And let’s not forget A&W on Holt near Mountain in Ontario, which closed in 2006.
Anyone want to share memories of any of these places, or others?