Three years after a petition containing hundreds of signatures was presented to the Menlo Park City Council to avoid its demolition, Foster’s Freeze is still standing and doling out soft-serve ice cream, much as it has for the past six decades.
To graduates of Menlo Atherton High School of a certain generation, Foster’s Freeze was the teenage hangout, along with the edgier and bit mysterious Johnny’s Smoke Shop located next door (what did go on in that backroom?).
This frequent patron from those long ago days can still remember her favorite shake – chocolate chip, which was made by pouring hot chocolate down the sides of the stainless steel shake container, adding the ice cream and putting the concoction on the shake maker, which cut up the now cooled chocolate into bits. Very tasty!
Photo by Chris Gulker