This was a great place to dine. A fire consumed the building a few years later.
Frank E. Green
"I left home, Terrell, Texas at age 14. I came to Odessa in the spring of 1936 to find a better life. I first worked for the Western Union delivering telegrams on a bicycle. Soon after, I went to work at L & H Drug Store for Mr. Bob Lea, delivering and working on the soda fountain. This was the beginning of a long life in the restaurant business;. I started school that fall as freshman at Odessa High School.
In 1938 I went to work at the West Tex Food Store working on the lunch counter part time and going to school. My boss there was the late L.C. Rhoads. I worked there until I graduated from High School in 1941. I then worked a short time for the Phillips Petroleum Co. until WWII.
I served 4 years in the U.S. Navy. Upon discharge I opened my first restaurant, Green's Cactus Grill in the 1100 block of North Grant; later buying Green's Avalon Drive-Inn on the Corner of West County road and W. Highway 80.
After several years I built the pride of my life, Frank Green's Restaurant at W. 8th and W. County Road. This beautiful place burned after 5 years and I started over. I opened two Frank Green's Hamburger places and soon bought the Antler's Motel Coffee Shop on West Second Street.
Then in 1967 I bought the Barn door Steak House. Later we bought the Santa Fe Depot in Pecos, Texas and moved it to Odessa, built it on to the Barn Door for a cocktail lounge and it was the showplace of Odessa.
I sold out in 1985 and retired to a wonderful ranch and new house at Stephenville, Texas where I now reside."
Courtesy, Permian Historical Society Archival Collection.
The Heritige Of Odessa Foundation, Anne Sherburn.