Red Apple Restaurant – Walla Walla, Washington

For more than five decades, the Red Apple Restaurant served patrons at all hours in downtown Walla Walla, Washington. After years of semi-neglect and mismanagement, the Red Apple closed in late 1999. In 1948 the a new restaurant was opened at #57 (E. Main St. in downtown Walla Walla). The cafe and fountain, dubbed the…

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1962 Seattle World’s Fair: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair image bonanza. Today’s item is a postcard produced during the Fair that shows the Fairgrounds with the Space Needle front and center.

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The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair: Day 1

Today marks the 55th anniversary of the opening of the Seattle World’s Fair. The Fair has been written, studied and broken apart by people much smarter than me, so I feel I can’t add much in the way of long form essays or deep research. Instead, I will share newspaper clippings, postcards, photos, ephemera videos off and…

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Tyee Motor Inn – Olympia, Washington

Where The Real Business of the Legislature Was Done The Tyee Motor Inn in Tumwater (Olympia) first opened it doors in June 1958 and featured 39 modest rooms and few amenities. After a few years the Motor Inn expanded and become a luxury motel with a restaurant and bar. into a luxury motel and by…

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Top of the Ocean Restaurant – Tacoma, Washington

The Top of the Ocean was once a popular “luxury liner” restaurant in Tacoma, Washington. Located at 2211 Ruston Way in Tacoma, “The Top” was built along Commencement Bay to resemble a docked ocean liner. Architect Charles Kenworthy designed the restaurant and it was constructed by an actual boat company, Tacoma Boat Mart, at a…

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Steve’s Gay 90’s – South Tacoma, Washington

Steve’s Gay 90’s restaurant was located at 5238-40 South Tacoma Way in South Tacoma, Washington. Originally known as Steve’s Cafe, the restaurant was opened by Steve Pease and John Stanley in 1941. After a few years of operation the name was changed to better fit its atmosphere and decor. The restaurant offered cocktails and American food…

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Close Cover: Seattle Restaurants, Part Two

This is part two in a series of Seattle restaurant matchbooks.  1. Les Brainard’s New Grove Restaurant Les Brainard was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana and came to Seattle during the Great Depression.  He started working in a restaurant, washing dishes and finally earned enough to purchase the restaurant in which he was working. The…

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Close Cover: Seattle Restaurants, Part One

  1. Ivar’s Acres of Clams & The Captain’s Table Ivar’s Acres of Clams is a Seattle institution. The restaurant, opened by Seattle folk-singer Ivar Hagland, originally opened in 1938, but this incarnation, at the same location, opened in 1946. There are numerous location, but only a few actual restaurants. You can check out their website for…

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