Throwback Thursdays: Griswold's ~a Swedish Smorgasbord in Redlands

Throwback Thursdays:  Griswold's ~ a Swedish Smorgasbord in Redlands

Throwback Thursdays: Griswolds ~a Swedish Smorgasboard in Redlands

 

This was a popular Smorgasbord from the 60's-80's in Redlands. It had a bakery, a gift shop and a stand in line that went really fast and hundreds of people would come for lunch, dinner but mainly for brunch on Saturday's and Sundays. I remember they decorated cakes and it was fasinating to watch. I liked their Swedish Meatballs.

My dad was the manager of the DMV in Redlands so we drove from Riverside to eat here many times and would meet friends here too. There was no freeway between Riverside and Redlands at that time.

I found this post card and you can see how the cars in the parking lot are older models.  I remember buying this post card in the gift shop as I had a post card collection.

This restaurant is now gone and a 24 Hour Fitness is located at Ford Ave and Redlands Blvd.  

 

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Comment balloon 44 commentsKristin Hamilton CA Realtor • August 11 2014 09:18PM

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Kristin~ How cool that you still have the postcard. Maybe I should start a collection?!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 5 years ago

Cool old cars Kristin, sorry to hear that it has been replaced with a less interesting and less tasty business

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 5 years ago

He did take a ride over there--even just for a minute. :

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 5 years ago

Oh to be able to go back in time....I miss my old sandwich shop that I worked at as a teen.  A family squabble ended the business and it was replaced with a strip mall many years ago.

Love your picture, and especially the old cars!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 5 years ago

Hi Donna,

When I put in Griswold's on the computer, I came up with several sites and one was a postcard on Ebay selling a postcard for $5.84 and 1.85 shipping. I laughed to know it was worth money.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Bob,

I guess many older restaurants have gone on. We still have iHop but of course the big spire on the top of the roofs have been replaced. It is just a modern age now.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 5 years ago

Laura,

He probably went there with others for lunch but it was big event to drive there about 35 miles for brunch on weekends. It was a special place for so many families.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 5 years ago

When I first glanced at that picture and saw those older cars, I thought it might be classic car night at Griswold's.  Then I read the era of the establishment.  It sounds like it would have been a great place to eat!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Sharon,

Yes it is fun to go back and revisit our memories. Just putting it on the site last night was enough to get me thinking about my mom and dad and eating there.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Myrl,

You probably would have enjoyed it and the cars in the picture were just patrons visiting the restaurant.  Stationwagons and big boat cars were the rage.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 5 years ago

Nice throwback Kristin, as a fan of "National Lampoons" movies I love the name.  Shame that it's a fitness center now instead of a place with good eats.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 5 years ago

Hi John,

Yes it is a shame but the gym is packed day and night. Progressive real state trends.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 5 years ago

Kristin, Thanks for telling us the story and I do like the old postcards with car pictures. Those were popular days back in the day. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 5 years ago

Hi Robert,

The post card business has gone down in the past 50 years and that is sad. I still buy post cards when I am on trips to mail out and save.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Kristin, Wow, look at those vintage cars.  It seems like "back then" the all you could eat deals were called smorgasboards, now they are "buffets."  I loved the car-hop days.

Posted by Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate! (UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA) over 5 years ago

Hi Bette,

When I was a little girl we had a drive-in downtown in Riverside called B & B's and they had car hops who brought the food out and hung it on your windows. I am not sure they were on roller skates or not?

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 5 years ago

Kristin, what fun to see these old cars on the post card!  My neighbor has one from this era that he sometimes parks on the street.  Makes out houses look newer!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Hi Patricia,

Yes, these old postcards are great memorabilia of the old sites and cars. We have come a long way but the old cars are especially fun to see.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 5 years ago

Kristin, it is a shame that a lot of these smorgasbords have disappeared over time.  We had a great one in West Lafayette that  was destroyed by fire.

Posted by Sharon & Bruce Walter, West Lafayette homes for sale (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN) over 5 years ago

Hi Sharon and Bruce,

I think the chain restaurants have replaced a lot of older restaurants like this one. I guess that is part of the new era!

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 5 years ago

Thank you . Was in so.cal. This past week and wondered if it was still around.

Posted by elizabeth todd almost 5 years ago

Hi Elizabeth, 

Thanks for stopping by to comment. I think I speak for many when I say I wish it was still here but sure the people who operate Family Fitness do not agree.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) almost 5 years ago

kristin, would it be ok to use your photo in the Facts, for the nostalgia rail?

Posted by Toni Momberger over 4 years ago

Hi Toni,

It would be very nice of you to use my picture. I really loved Griswalds and have wonderful family memories there.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 4 years ago

Most of the kids from Redlands HS worked at Griswolds at one time or another. They had a nice gift shop, as well. When we would cut school (oh, yes...) we went to Griswolds for coffee. Good memories. Anyone remember the burrito place in the late 60s and 70s?

Posted by Marge (Fisher) Peterson over 4 years ago

Hi Marge,

Great to read your comment. It was a fun place and they had good coffee and desserts so I can imagine this would be a terrific place to cut school and hang out at. We hung out at Denney's and a Drive-In on Madison Ave in Riverside when we ditched school. Fun Memories!

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 4 years ago

I lived in Claremont just up the street from Griswold's. We went there for dinner, but I really remember the brunch. As a teenager I could not get over how creamy and smooth their scrambled eggs were. They had the best Danish. I remember watching people load their plates up with the Danish. Everything in the bakery was great. We moved away and were so sad when we went back and discovered it had all gone away. I have not found anything like it.

Posted by Vicki Buffalo about 4 years ago

Hi Vicki,

So glad you stopped to comment as what you mentioned brought back so many good memories. It was a lifetime ago but seems like yesterday!

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) about 4 years ago

I remember there was a statue of a horse or something in the front. My family used to meet my uncle coming from San Diego once a month to eat breakfast. They used to serve these little chicken wings there I couldn't get enough of them. Anyway enough of my banter, when I heard this place shut down I have to admit I died inside. This place provided a dynamic foundation for plenty great tastes and memories. It was unique, and it has not been replicated since. I wish they could reopen somewhere else but I doubt it would be the same.

Posted by Eric J Nikkel about 4 years ago

I discovered Griswolds when I moved from Brooklyn to Loma Linda in 1978. Great food and the most unique gift shop. There was another near Clairmont (I think). I went once but it did not have the same charm as in Redlands.

Posted by Vicky almost 3 years ago

I worked at Griswold's 1972-1976 in the kitchen and the bakery. Supervisors were Alice in the kitchen and Ed Lee in the bakery. Was a busy place. On Sundays they would have up to 1500 people for breakfast alone.

Posted by Doug Moe over 1 year ago

Thank you Doug for your comments. I’m sure you have good memories there too. Still sorry they closed it down.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 1 year ago

We always stopped there on our way to Palm Springs and it was such a treat! Great memories!

Posted by Joyce Castellanos over 1 year ago

Yes I totally agree Joyce.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 1 year ago

Was looking up Griswold's and found this! I grew up in O.C., and remember going to Griswold's in the late 80's, as a kid. It was usually after going to the mountains and camping, or playing in the snow. I remember the long line, and how fast it moved, and I remember how delicious the brunch was. I remember they had the Swedish version of crepes (not sure of their name), and other delicious food. Loved the devor, too! It's too bad it went out. One of my favorite childhood memories! ☺

Posted by Jeremy over 1 year ago

What great memories you have. I have these memories too of going with my family and the food was delicious and decorated so cute. Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 1 year ago

Doug Moe, hello: You stated you worked there from 1972-1976 in the kitchen & bakery. I remember fondly memories at the Claremont location as they made & decorated the mouth watering cakes from the huge window. Ordered quite a few there also. I always wanted to know the way they made their icing & what they used to flavor it with. The cakes were AWESOME too. Assuming by scratch??? Chocolate Mint to die for. My Favorite...but the white icing-I still drool just thinking about it. And the Danish-who could forget the Danish. So so missing that place. Anyway could you let me know how they did it. I always wanted to work there-by the time I was old enough they were gone NOOOOO. Went on to work at the now defunct Hollander Cafeteria in the bakery. Memories. Can you you bring them back for me please??? sari999333@gmail.com

Posted by sari about 1 year ago

Kristen- my family mostly went to the one in Redlands, but we had gone to Claremont also. I miss all these great places from my childhood. Since you’re in Banning, do you remember the San Gorgonio Inn? That was also a favorite of ours.

Posted by Kathy 12 months ago

We were newlyweds back in the mid to late 70’s, when our friends took us there and treated us to a lovely meal. We were hooked. Every time that we had to leave the High Desert and go “down below “, we would make sure that we’d saved enough to go to Griswolds. It was an amazing experience during The Holidays when the servers were dressed ever so heavenly. Service was always great; I think that a lot of college kids worked there. My guy is gone now, but I have our memories...♥️

Posted by Sisan Brown-Barboúr 11 months ago

Thanks for posting a picture! I'm originally from Redlands; I loved this place as a kid and was sad when it went out of business. It had a lot of the same charm that Anderson's Pea Soup Factory has in Solvang.

Posted by Sue 9 months ago

I loved coming here from Riverside as a child! My twin sister and I couldn't get enough of the pink lemonade and we would fill our plates with cubes of cheddar cheese, Swedish meatballs and cottage cheese from the smorgasbord. I'm sad to find out it is now gone.

Posted by Jacki Snively Baker 6 months ago

Was looking for Griswolds bran muffin recipe and came across this post. Grew up in San Bernardino and had my wedding rehearsal dinner there in 1981. Great memories. Can’t find the recipe though.

Posted by Mary 6 months ago

I ate there as a Kid from The San Fernando Valley My Mom has an Aunt that lived out in Redlands Ca

Posted by Jp Nagel 5 months ago

I was born in Pomona, lived in La Verne and we wen to Griswolds on Sundays for brunch, I used to be amazed by the Kings table buffet they had, every breakfast meat, eggs of every style, baked goods that are not available today, the bakery was astounding, all the juice and bacon I wanted! it was indeed a very special place where families celebrated and had special times there.
Bakers drive through ihn San Dimas had a cheese burrito that was awesome,In & Out had , still has a store by Bonita High school in La Verne, the owners of In & Out lived nearby nd attended Bonita high school, in fact they were scouting for sites to build new stores and dropped the Mom off at Brackett field in L Verne before continuing on to John Wayne airport and their private jet followed a wide body airliner too closely and got caught in the vortex and crashed into the earth killing thre some who was in charge that left the place to the girl who still owns it today she is a billionaire!
Taco Lita was another great place, My Grandparents owned 2 MTI schools in Pomona then I was janitor and made $5 a week!


I remember so much about living in La Verne then, the orange groves were from La Verne to the desert almost, the Pomona Valley was almost all groves, when they bloomed it smelled so good everywhere you went, the smudge post were bad, they were filled with crude oil like ships burn, really hi sulphur garbage oil, the smoke was terrible.
There was a steak house called Pinnacle Pete's and they cut off your tie and stuck it on the wall, I always wore a tie there even as a kid.
Pizza & Stuff in La Verne and Alta Loma was really good and I hear still around!! The canyon theatre in San Dimas had .50 matinees and I recall getting cigarettes for my Mom with a note from her and they cost .50,today I see they are almost $10 a pack.

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