The Outpost on Olive

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The Outpost on Olive

Postby DS30's » Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:49 pm

The Outpost, on Dakota, I think, way out east of town, or it was way out of town in the late 50s and early 60s, when we went there.

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Re: The Outpost on Olive

Postby Sharlsie » Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:31 am

Unless there was another Outpost, wasn't it one Chestnut just south of Olive? I know there was one there because I used to live in that area. Unless I'm thinking of a different restaurant?
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Re: The Outpost on Olive

Postby DS30's » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:01 am

You're right, I'm sure we're talking about the same one. I just couldn't remember what street it was on, but remember the restaurant very well. This was in '59 to about '63 when we went there, although I may have gone there earlier, maybe in the early 50s if they were open then. Really good food, and it's where I went with colleagues for TGIF.


Re: The Outpost on Olive

Postby joebubb » Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:31 pm

The Outpost was definitely on Chestnut and Olive. I took my date there on prom night 1980. They were different in the restaurant business in Fresno in that they closed every year for the month of October. They refused to compete with the Fair. Smart!
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Re: The Outpost on Olive

Postby Captain » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:50 pm

The Outpost use to have Steak and Lobster for $9.95. Maybe 1960.

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Re: Chestnut & Olive Businesses

Postby flwbdw » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:32 am

The restaurant name was The Outpost. It was owned by Dan Vukson. The liquor store next door also sold hand guns in the sixties. Before Winchells there was a little market that, if I remember right, had an electric train in the window during the Christmas season. The Shell station was owned by a man named Bob, can't remember his last name, and I handed out flyers in the surrounding neighborhood for it's grand opening. Can't remember all the stores in C&O shopping center but remember it was next to Weathermaker homes that had some of the most confusing, for me at least, street layouts.

Does anyone remember when the bridge was built over the Mckinley canal and Chestnut went through to Dakota Ave.? Prior to that you would have to turn left at the canal and cross ,I believe, at Dearing. Speaking of that area does anyone remember Telco? They had a slot car drag strip with pillows at the end so your car wouldn't crackup.

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Re: Chestnut & Olive Businesses

Postby Drakonyx » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:06 pm

I remember seeing the Outpost sign now, though I never ate there. When did it go out of business? Name seems similar to Outback, though I suspect the Outpost was there first.

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Re: Chestnut & Olive Businesses

Postby sjvalleydave » Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:17 pm

Ya, the Outpost was a great restaraunt! It closed in the 1990's if I remember correctly. The Me n Eds was one of their better ones also. That was a vibrant corner back in the day. Pretty sad now though...

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The Outpost at Chestnut & Olive

Postby TMH1957 » Tue May 05, 2015 1:50 pm

I remember the Outpost. My High School sweetherts mother took us both there for dinner. The food was excelent! Except the lobster, never liked lobster (my sweethert loved lobster!). This was back in the mid 70's and it was very expensive (for a guy just out of high school!)! It was closed and torn down so the hwy. 180 could go thru. A shame really.

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Re: The Outpost on Olive

Postby Michael F » Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:43 pm

The Outpost, remember it well. I worked there as a busboy in 63 & 64. At that time Dan and Betty vukson was in partners with Pete and Ruby Teressi. We very seldom seen Pete or Ruby, but Dan and Betty were there every day working.

They were great to work for, I well never forget one evening when I was off, I brought my girlfriend to meet dan in the kitchen after a few words he threw me the keys to his new corvette and said take her for a ride, I was barely 16, he was like that, just a great guy. By the way I married that girl before graduating High School in 65. Almost 51 years ago.

Thanks for the memories

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