in the old Burger Barn shop. I could go for some chicken right now.
This building was built in 1900, making it one of the oldest buildings on the boulevard itself, and possibly the oldest building north of Fremont, on MLK. It’s difficult to track down what it was used for in the early part of the 20th c.; I can pick it up in the 1930s, when it was used by a series of tradesmen:
George Thaut, shoemaker, probably this person;
Edgar McCreary, jeweller;
Alec Weitzel, tailor;
John Hunt, tailor. Mr Hunt began working at 3962 NE Union (formerly 840 Union Avenue North, before the streets were re-numbered, etc, around 1930)in the mid-t0-late 1930s, before moving across the street to 3947 NE Union, where he worked until at least 1963.
By the 50s, this was a building devoted to cooking & eating. First the Cat N’ Fiddle Cafe (so cute a name), Dean’s Cafe’, and by the late fifties, it was the Burger Barn (excellent photo and a bit of history text of the Burger Barn here), which it would remain for several decades. Briefly it was La Fonda, and now it’s the delish Christopher’s Gourmet Grill.