Talk about teen culture wouldn't be complete without
the drive-in restaurants that were everywhere in the
Cities in the '50s and '60s. This page
concerns those in and around St. Louis Park. A
great web site of Minneapolis drive-ins is
you have any additions or corrections, please
ST. LOUIS PARK
On Excelsior Blvd. there have been drive-ins going
back to the 1920s. During the early 1950s,
more were added in proximity to the High School,
which was in the Central building on Highway 7 and
- The State's first
Dairy Queen was at Highway 100 and Excelsior Blvd. - 1947-66
Dari-Wipt/Meal in a Bun (also called Carlson's
Drive-In) was next to the Dairy Queen at Highway 100 and Excelsior Blvd., 1949-66
- Next to the Meal in a Bun, at least in 1963, was a
place called the Red Rooster. See a blurry photo
- A series of drive-ins dating back to the 1920s at
4700 Excelsior Blvd.
Drive-In/Jack Reed's was at 5408 Minnetonka Blvd. - 1952-71
Dairy Mor - 3 locations
Dutch Mill Dairy Bar ("Ron"), no address given in 1950
ad in Echo. Served sundaes, malts, drum sticks,
sandwiches, and pop.
Tee Off Drive-Inn was apparently associated with
Park Putt Miniature Golf, 4701 Highway 7 (at Natchez) in
& K Drive-In - 1956
Park Drive-In - 1960
Dari VI was at 6210 W. 36th Street, across from St.
Louis Park High School (Central). It was an ice
cream and BBQ beef place run by Vincent Ryan. It's
not in the yellow pages, but Ryan, who lived at 6017 W.
35th Street, is listed as the owner of the Dairy VI in
the residential section. There are ads for it in
the Echo in September 1953, June 1954, September
1955, and June 1956. All vestiges of this place are
gone. The photo below is not it, but it was something
like this. Mark Lapakko tells us: "The Dari
VI was moved to Isle, Minnesota (Mille Lacs Lake) where
it is still in operation today. It has been expanded and
remodeled several times. It is still called Dari VI."
In 1949 North Side St. Louis Park brothers
Albert and John Yngve and
their friend Bill Nordstrom built the Pylon Drive-In at 6224 Wayzata Blvd. in Golden
Valley. The Ynvge family grew on the south side of
Wayzata Blvd. (Highway 12, now I394) on land that is
now 6311 Wayzata Blvd. in St. Louis Park. When they opened
for the season they did it up right, with DJ Sandy Singer
coming out to do a remote broadcast, searchlights, etc. The
first ad in the Echo was on May 23, 1950
One of the features of the Pylon is that it played rock 'n'
roll. Al Yngve recalls that the carhops (all the staff
was from SLP) would bring in their 45s, starting in about
1955 with "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock," which
played over and over again! The young owners were very
protective of their carhops, taking them home at night
themselves. By 1957 the Yngves were in into their law
careers and they rented out the Pylon for a couple of years.
They built a building on the site, where Al Yngve had his
law practice and later a travel agency.
The ad below is from the Echo on September 16, 1952.
The ad below is from the Echo on September 8, 1953.
THE EDINA DAIRY-MOR/BILTMORE DRIVE-IN
In 1952, there was a
Dairy-Mor, presumably owned by the Rodbergs, at 5001
Vernon Ave. at Interlachen. By 1959 it was the
Biltmore Drive-In, owned by Lester Ericson. The photo
below is from the Edina Historical Society.
Heading east on Excelsior Blvd. from St. Louis Park into
Minneapolis was something called Drive-In-Point.
It appears that Drive-In-Point was where the Calhoun Commons
Shopping Center is now (built in 1999). This is about
where Lake Street and Excelsior Blvd. diverge. Please contact
me if you have any information on the drive-ins of
3080 EXCELSIOR BLVD.
Perhaps the first, open the summer of 1953, was a place
just called Drive-Thru, advertised in June as "nothing like
it in all the suburbs," even though it was really in
Minneapolis. There was an ad for it in the St. Louis
Park Echo in October 1953:
By June 1954 the site had been renamed Ted's Car-A-Teria,
and featured Kosher hot dogs with Kraut, Double Decker
Hamburgers, malts and root beer, with the Quickest Service
By July 1959, 3080 Excelsior Blvd. was a Bud's Dairy-Mor
1963 photo courtesy Minnesota Historical Society
3080 Excelsior Blvd. is now part of the Calhoun Commons
3019 W. LAKE STREET
This was the Calhoun Drive-In. Observe this very cool
shirt, which was posted on Facebook by Steven Mead.
According to today's map, this would have been right inside
the point. An ad places this in March 1962. The
building there now was built in 1966.
3025 W. LAKE STREET
Terry's Drive-In was advertised in May 1955.
In 1960-63 there was Terry's Lakemoor Drive-in at
3025 W. Lake Street. The ad says Self Service Only, plus
drive in, dining room, and curb
service with carhops. A quarter of a chicken was 49
cents in 1960. This is now Fire Station 22, built in
3118 WEST LAKE STREET
The first Porky's was built in 1953 by Ray Truelson on
University Avenue in St. Paul. Truelson had run a root
beer stand and the Flat Top Drive-In, at 4604 East Lake
Street, in South Minneapolis. The signature item on the menu
was a hamburger with an onion ring plopped on top of the
bun. At the height of its popularity, Porky's boasted four
5751 Lyndale Ave. S
2107 East Lake Street
3118 West Lake Street
The location at West Lake Street was just north of
Lake Street from Drive-In-Point. County records
showed that the building was built in 1957. A 1962 ad
says that it was open all winter. A restaurant called Tryg's
was built on the spot in 2005, owned by Truelson's
son of the same name. Tryg remembers that Porky's
operated at the spot from 1960 to 1979.
Lake Calhoun Porky's photo courtesy Susan Shallman
The Porky's site may have previously been the site of
Pulver's Drive-in, which goes back to at least 1940! For
that "In Between Snack" "Pulover to Pulvers. Root beer,
giant hamburgers, Ice Cream." They were still there in
September 1953, advertising hamburgers, French fries, and
malts. It was only described as being at Excelsior
Blvd. and Lake Street.
The photo below, dated November 8, 1952, is merely described
as being at Lake Street and Excelsior Blvd. by the Minnesota
Historical Society. Thanks, Nancy Pearson!
This ad is from 1963.
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