Another great Joe Kollas view of Nichols Basin. Who remembers VIPs, and more importantly, did any of you ever eat there?
I believe that is the Clark Door factory on what is now called "Lot 1".
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Tags: 1970s barge Clark_Door Columbia_River Kollas Nichols Nichols_Basin Nichols_Boat_Works VIPs
Remember eating at VIP's occasionally as a kid. I mainly remember wanting to ride in the elevator. The ARCO station switched over to a BP not long after this if I recall.
RHD on 22nd January 2018 @ 7:39am
We ate VIP'S in the early 1970's. I think it was a 76 gas station then.
L.E. on 22nd January 2018 @ 8:19am
VIPs didn't have the 76 station in the 70s. It was across the road. My Dad ran the 76 station from 1967 to 1988. And yet I never went to VIPs. It was Tom's Drive-In that we ate at, with their Hefty Henrys and cherry-lemon Sprites.
Melody Shellman on 22nd January 2018 @ 8:41am
I worked at Clark door in the early '80's. My daughters first job was at Vips. Loved Tom's drive in.
Marilyn on 22nd January 2018 @ 9:17am
Tom's Drive In was located at the north end of the 2nd street overpass, on land leased from Union 76. I believe. Owned and operated by Tom and Georgia Manfull.
Tim Annala on 22nd January 2018 @ 2:30pm
Tom Manfull is still around & residing @ Down Manor. I bet he could tell a lot of tales about his drive in, it was a fun place.
Judy on 22nd January 2018 @ 10:39pm
I expect that VIP's was a magnet from the highway--not much for many miles east or west from either direction either direction. I have many happy memories with HRHS friends from late-evening dining and hanging out there shortly after it opened.
Susan Turner on 23rd January 2018 @ 12:22am
My kids loved Vip's chocolate chip pancakes. And they had coloring contests for the holidays too.
Kathie A. on 23rd January 2018 @ 5:53am
My girlfriend and i would sit up all night and plan out our future, we would drink coffee or a milk shake. I am glad we had all those talks at the VIPS. We are on our 42 year of marriage and still going strong.
Richard Krieger on 24th January 2018 @ 1:55am
VIPS was also on I-5 at highway 34 for many years, possibly more along the Interstates. A novel idea having food on a second level using less taxable land
Kenn on 24th January 2018 @ 8:48am