Clark's Round The Clock, Seattle 1950s
Clark's Round the Clock Cafe was located at 1001 Olive Way in Seattle. Round the Clock was one of 53 restaurants in Walter Clark's Seattle restaurant chain. He opened his first restaurant in 1930. "Clark was noted for serving good food at an affordable price. In the 1940s, he stuck with 5-cent coffee long after many competitors raised the price. He put on a $1.50 Thanksgiving dinner in 1942 and had customers standing in line. ``We didn't make much money on each customer, but we sure had a lot of customers,'' Clark once recalled." (Seattle New Times) He was widely regarded as the "father of the Seattle restaurant industry and ultimately sold the chain to the Campbell Soup Company in 1970 for an estimated $4.9 million. His favorite establishment, The Red Carpet, was included in the purchase. But, as Clark said later, "they sent a bunch of soup men to run the restaurant and they didn't do a very good job." Walter Clark died in 1990 at the age of 93.
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