Gone now, this was a drive-in
restaurant built at the intersection of Highway 100 and
Minnetonka Blvd. (northwest quadrant).
One source said it was built in
1948 by O.B. Erickson, a former Park mayor, who also
had a hand in the gas station next door at 5430 Minnetonka.
A photo from October 1951 (below)shows the gas station but
not the drive-in, however, so this is in question.
Department of Public Works, October 27,
Marie and Cliff J. Amlaw ran a Dairy-Way, which held a Grand
Opening on August 22, 1952. An ad in a September 1952
Echo touts "All Flavors of Sundaes, Malts, Milk Shakes, made
the delicious Dairy-Way. Also pints and quarts, Malts
and Sundaes to Take Home.
The Dairy-Way became Cliff's Drive In, owned and
operated by the Amlaws. An ad in the Echo from June
1956 calls it "America's newest and most modern."
Cliff's Drive-In, 1956. Photos
above and below courtesy Minnesota Historical Society
By 1961, Cliff's was listed as owned by Mrs. C.J. Amlaw and Rella
McComb, and had 40 seats.
From 1964 to at least 1971 it was Jack Reed's Restaurant.
In 1968-69, Jack experimented with roller skating carhops
but there were too many spills. Al Hartman says "The
W-2s and the check stubs all still said Cliff's Drive In on
them but Jack said he owned the place. Jack's wife worked
there as a cook some of the times. His son, John Reed,
worked as a cook by night but was a deputy sheriff by day.
Jack's daughter, Margie, kept the books."
This was also the site of a Dairy Wipt
Drive-in, and the Radio Cab Co., owned by Alfred Hay.
The gas station is still there, but the restaurant got
crowded out with highway expansion.
Here are some pictures of Cliff's, all from the
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