Frank Green Restaurant
Open House for Frank Green's Restaurant, 800 West County Road. See if you can find Ernest Broughton, Jack Laird, Frank Green Tom Brandon, Hubert Odom, Fred Rabe, Miles Jones, Kathryn Green, Mrs Broughton, Bessye Cowden Ward, and Marcus Gist among the well wishers. 1952.

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.

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