This building has had more lives than the proverbial cat. Here we see it as a Richfield gas station and convenience store, but in recent years it has housed Montero's Mexican Restaurant, Abruzzo Italian Grill, and Sophie's Restaurant. Just this week it reopened as "Mekong Thai" Thai/ Vietnamese restaurant.
Here's the same spot today. The building's been stretched outward in two directions, but if you look closely you can still see the original roofline.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
And don't forget ice cream :-) Might have been before Montero's
Dan on 8th April 2011 @ 7:47am
That was out in the country back then!
Jim Gray on 8th April 2011 @ 7:51am
I remember Richfield gasoline.
db on 8th April 2011 @ 8:39am
When I moved to Hood River in 1976, it was Jose's Taco House, which I think was the only Mexican food restaurant in town at the time.
Larry on 8th April 2011 @ 9:34am
Wow. Is that really the same building that stands today or just the same spot? I didn't realize it was that old. Also, has anyone tried to the new restaurant? Any good? ( =
Casey Housen on 8th April 2011 @ 10:40am
West Cascade was part of the main highway back then, so this store probably saw a good number of Columbia River Highway tourists gassing up before the long drive back to Portland.
Arthur on 8th April 2011 @ 6:03pm
While dining at Abruzzo a few years back, I realized the building was once the home of either 24 or 34 Flavors of very good homemade ice cream. I would go there quite often in the 60's (and maybe late 50's) and usually have Rocky Road. I remember the owners as being very nice people. I also remember the screen door. Great spot!
Sandy Shea on 30th May 2011 @ 12:42pm
I find the gas pumps the amazing feature. I don't understand the way they worked, but the tops were of glass and would be filled with gas and when the car was being filled you could watch that gas go down. Kids loved those and when I was little there were a few of them around still in use.
Charlott on 10th June 2011 @ 5:52am
Yes, Atlantic-Richfield, better known as ARCO.
David on 6th August 2011 @ 12:41am
Jose's Taco House(Mexican Authentic Food) was opened back in 1970, my grandfather Jose & Maria Castilla was the owner & they retired back in 1989 or 1990 & sold it to Montero's . I grew up in that little restaurant. So many great memories.
Maria Curry on 18th August 2011 @ 3:41pm
Thanks for filling in the "Jose's" era, Maria. I remember toward the end of the Montero's era there was a sign in the window: "Wanted, Cook or Wife." I guess he didn't find either, because Montero's closed soon after.
Arthur on 21st August 2011 @ 11:38pm
When I was growing up in the 1960's we would get ice cream there from "Uncle Bud" Chambers.
Jeffrey Bryant on 5th January 2012 @ 6:30am
This was Bud's 24 Flavors and I remember banana splits for 50 cents! With three flavors of ice cream and all the toppings.
Donna on 9th February 2012 @ 11:28pm
The gravity pumps were all we had before electricity, some remained in remote areas after that in case of power failure, no gasoline generators at that time. Seems my grandfather always did the car fueling but I was expected to pump gas back into the glass waiting for the next customer. There was a valve to empty the globe back down to the tank at closing timel
Kenn on 21st March 2013 @ 7:49pm
I was very excited to see this picture of the ice cream store I spent 9 years of my childhood in. I'm the daughter of Bud's 24 flavor ice cream . My dad Bud and mother bought this building in 1953 and operated it as a ice cream business and also sold hamburgers and fries and curly dogs until they sold it in 1962. I was only 10 when we sold it but have the fondest memories of this time of my life. It was heartwarming to here that people remembered my parents as really nice. I also remember the screen door. My dad added a addition to the right of the original building as a walk in cooler. If anyone has any picture of this time period I would love to see them. I remember the coca cola bottling plant across the street . Also the Smith's War surplus store . We actually lived in the old Jay Mar lumber Co.building that my dad converted into a house located a few houses west of the ice cream store.
Pamela Jones Opperman on 1st November 2016 @ 8:48pm
This building is starting yet another life, now as "Pho River" restaurant. They opened about a month ago, replacing Mekong Thai restaurant.
Arthur on 4th June 2017 @ 7:13pm