No longer forlorn, Foster’s bites the dust

by Linda Hubbard on April 30, 2017

Ever since its closing Foster’s has looked forlorn. Then when the fence went up around it and adjoining buildings, it looked just sad.

Now it’s gone along with lost-in-memory places such as Mumfords, Wo Sing, Menlo French Laundry, and, of course the infamous Johnny’s Smoke Shop, the best place to buy comics back in the day. But what did go on in that back room?

Menlo resident Sharon Stewart, an M-A alum who knew it back in the day, just happened to capture the moment: “So strange, I left work early to do a downtown MP errand and just happened to drive by when this what happening. So many memories there.”

We await the new, a development that includes housing and commercial space.

Photo of Foster’s about to be level by Sharon Stewart; used with permission; photo of debris by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017



CK April 30, 2017 at 2:56 pm

The sanctuary city of Menlo Park….should be ashamed they did not claim the site of Fosters Freeze as a Historical site. I am sure you will do that for Keplers or the Guild theater!

Dick Burns April 30, 2017 at 5:55 pm

How many lunches and nights did we all spend at Foster’s beginning in the 50’s when we got out driver’s licenses? This is where “social contact started”. I’ll miss my favorite milkshake – the chocolate chip!

CK April 30, 2017 at 11:39 pm

Dick….I agree with all…except a Chocolate Malt takes the first prize for me….or a dipped cone in Choc or Butterscotch!

Senor manzana May 01, 2017 at 3:38 pm

By the way,Johnys smoke SHOP not house,although there was a lot of smoke in the back room.Really great days with Rose and John….Manzana.

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