Native Walla Wallan Catie McIntyre Walker will be discussing her popular new book, Lost Restaurants of Walla Walla, which celebrates the decades of departed, beloved local establishments. Published in August of 2018, the book explores how dining in Walla Walla blossomed from an influx of mining transplants in the late 1800s. Within decades, a roadhouse called the Oasis boasted a seventy-two ounce slab of beef, and the old Pastime Cafe opened at 5:30 am with white toast and whisky for breakfast. In the early 1950s, Ysidro Berrones opened one of the valley’s first Mexican restaurants, the El Sombrero Tortilla Factory and Cafe. Joe Denney, owner of Denney’s Hi-Spot for two decades, also satisfied locals with his morning crooning to piano on KTEL. Bring your appetite for history, as Catie McIntyre Walker will share these stories and more during this Museum After Hours presentation.
Museum After Hours is a free monthly presentation series held on the last Thursday of every month. We provide a space for community congregation, discussion, and debate. The event touches on topics ranging from regional culture and history to the roles and responsibilities of museums within our community. The talks will take place in the Entrance Building at 5:00 pm from March through October and 4:00 pm from November through February.