This image of Busch’s Drive-in located at 3505 South Tacoma Way in Tacoma, Washington, was taken in June of 1951. It isn’t the first drive-in on the West Coast, as others had been built earlier in Los Angeles in the mid-1930s. What it lacked in history though was made up by its sleek modernist design, signage and stainless steel with neon accents.
Later 1950s photos show that more covered parking spaces with carhop services were located on at least of side of the restaurant. The structure has not survived and in its place today is a kitchen and bath store.
The trio of enlargeable photographs below courtesy of the Tacoma Public Library show detailed views of both the building and the vehicles. Tell us what you find of interest in the images.