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Title: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on April 05, 2017, 08:34:26 PM
We aren't shut out.

The Salt Flats Cafe has reopened at the airbase.

A Wendover local just finished eating there tonight.

At least there will be parking available.

YAHOO  !!

Tracy Woofinden, daughter in-law of the late Bill Woofinden,

pilot of the air ambulance for many years, ate there tonight.

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Stainless1 on April 05, 2017, 08:44:15 PM
Cool Beans  :cheers:


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Dr Goggles on April 06, 2017, 01:29:48 AM
I'll have an owl stuffed with peanut butter and an apple juice. :cheers:


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on April 06, 2017, 06:05:01 AM
Goggles said:  "...I'll have an owl stuffed with peanut butter and an apple juice."

Learned your eating preferences from Wayno?


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Elmo Rodge on April 06, 2017, 07:14:29 AM
Una tecolote relleno con cacajuates molido y manzana grande, por favor.  :cheers: Not only Wayno but
muy Wayno.  8-)


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: edinlr on April 06, 2017, 11:32:24 AM
That will be one good meal I can count on, but you have to think that location will kill the chances for drive by traffic like they got out at the truck stop.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on April 06, 2017, 12:01:35 PM
I have considered that and I don't think the population of Wendover can carry it.

Oh well we just hope it survives thru the racing season.  I know that the location

drew a lot of the racers but they will go find it in town. I just can't see the 18 wheelers

driving thru town to frequent it.

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on April 06, 2017, 01:09:14 PM
Okay - just where out at the airport?  Behind the fences?  How about maybe we'll be lucky and it'll be in the building that's hosted Mildred's and countless other restaurants?  That one's easy to find.  But - where else is there back there?

I'm gonna take an EWAG and posit that non-commercial traffic from I-80 (Mom and Dad and the kids) made up a pretty small portion of the customers at the old location.  The site was pretty un-presupposing (*hunh?) of a good meal - or, in other words, if you didn't know about it you probably didn't stop there.  Truckers and other cognoscenti with time in the area knew where to go.  And they'll, assuming traffic allows, will find the new location.  Lots and lots of semi trucks drive down Wendover Blvd already - and if it isn't far off the main drag they can find the Cafe, too.

I hope.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: SPARKY on April 06, 2017, 03:21:04 PM
 :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:  that's to muy Wayno


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on April 07, 2017, 12:12:38 AM
There seems to be some discrepancy in the

location of the new  cafe. It may not be as

far as the base. It could be the place on the

west side of the road to the airport. It has

been used by several other food services.

Across the tracks , on the right and up

several steps. I just don't remember the

names.  Anyhow.......it is open and we

will find it.

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Calkins on April 07, 2017, 08:00:37 AM
Their Facebook page now lists an address of 85 East Skyhawk Drive.  Google Maps shows that as the closed "Los Compadres" location, about a block and a half west of the airfield.  Looks like a great location, if you know about it.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on April 07, 2017, 10:51:32 AM
Just look for the place where the parking is full. That will be it.

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on April 07, 2017, 11:03:40 AM
Sounds like it's the place I was thinking of.  Good -- easy to get to, walking from Wendover Blvd motels isn't out of the question. either.

And maybe the bunch of bad karma that has hindered so many proprietors in that building - will be all gone now and Marcello and his gang will make it all work.  I sure hope so. :cheers:

Nancy and I ate there at least once or twice when in town - and we always found a different restaurant for us (in the same building) the next year.  I'm tired of that variety. :roll:


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Calkins on April 07, 2017, 11:05:26 AM
Is there more seating in the new building?  The truck stop cafe was usually packed when we stopped.  The food was totally worth the wait though!!!


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on April 07, 2017, 11:06:08 AM
The purported new location has got similar amount of seating, maybe some more -- but not radically more.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Stan Back on April 08, 2017, 06:42:16 PM
A couple of years ago, there was a Mexican night club down further south, right near the airfield.  It was on the first floor of a two-story barracks building.  The top floor looked unoccupied -- most windows not in tact.  It was a "bring your own knife" sorta place.  Drove by, didn't stop.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: MAYOMAN on April 12, 2017, 08:39:14 AM
I know the food will be terrific - at least for Wendover. Now, how about the ambience? Will they have all those great photos of the historic race cars and drivers? That was certainly a part of the charm. Slow food and fast cars. Perfect!


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Vinsky on April 12, 2017, 09:35:42 AM
Any photos of the new place? How about all the LSR memorabilia, is that in the new place?


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Buickguy3 on April 18, 2017, 05:17:50 PM
   I think they said they were taking all of the photos with them when they left the old truck stop, so I'll bet they will have them up at the new place. More Apple Juice please.
  Doug  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on April 18, 2017, 05:42:39 PM
Let's hypothecate that the new location is the oft-retitled restaurant straight across the tracks on the right on the way to the airport.  If that 's it -- it's in Utah, not Nevada -- right?  Dang close to the border, I think. . .  Anybody know fer sure?


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: trimmers on April 18, 2017, 06:36:08 PM
Slim:

It's DEFINITELY in Utah.  Knowing the place you're talking about -I can remember it once was a hamburger specialty place, then a Mexican joint, and God knows what else. Anyway, I decided to check it out on Google maps.  When I zoomed in - wonder of wonders - it's one of the only things on the Utah side that comes up with its own marker, clearly saying "Salt Flats Cafe"!

Jeff in Boise


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Calkins on April 18, 2017, 07:31:01 PM
Any photos of the new place? How about all the LSR memorabilia, is that in the new place?


From their Facebook page;

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17799041_1520935414583460_8335163778436917972_n.jpg?oh=e9881bff3464718bd1e6f985f4d6d846&oe=598C5ABF)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17884346_1527150973961904_3234340139611411091_n.jpg?oh=bd56df42185574e52f12a5d6403b27f1&oe=599562AA)


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on April 18, 2017, 08:06:30 PM
Q E D!  Thanks.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on April 18, 2017, 10:52:48 PM
CORONA.................100 feet West.

That's All Folks.

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Billy @ AHG on July 17, 2017, 08:08:24 PM
I hear that ! Carmen's Black and White, best dive bar in town, AND , "Bonneville's best kept secret" , If ya don't believe , buy a Tee shirt !   Great place !


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Stan Back on July 18, 2017, 09:52:05 AM
It used to have a better name -- The Hideaway -- and served good food until the casinos got an ordinance against it.  They passed one that said you had to be over 2000 (or something) sq. ft. that left only the casinos with liquor licenses and food sales (yes, I know that's not very clear, but hope you get the meaning).


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on July 18, 2017, 11:21:50 AM
Jack Foster from Portland, Oregon named it the Hideaway.

He was there one evening when the railroad workers came

in after their shift. They all gathered and were relaxing. Jack

said to the bartender, this seems to be their HIDEAWAY.

The bartender looked at him and replied, "That's the new name of this place."

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: wheelrdealer on July 18, 2017, 07:03:03 PM
Doc:

You always fill in the blanks.

BR


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on July 18, 2017, 07:34:02 PM
I've been there a few times and seen a few things happen

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: jacksoni on July 18, 2017, 08:55:28 PM
The Hideaway had the best steaks in town!!


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on July 19, 2017, 10:49:06 AM
Years ago when there was a beef shortage, when I

was waiting for an evening flight to SLC, I would call

the Hideaway and have the lady hold a steak for me.

2 hour flight, and hour and a half drive and when I

walked in the place she would say, "Hello, Seattle."

I didn't even have to order. She cooked it the way

I liked it and Wendover was "home " for a day

or two.  Oh for those times again.

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: jdincau on July 19, 2017, 12:29:23 PM
I don't know, the wayback machine may be malfunctioning but I seem to remember from the 70's that the menu was steak, pizza or liquids.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Stan Back on July 19, 2017, 02:08:15 PM
Twenty or so years ago we went there for dinner -- and maybe a drink or two.  I was with George Scott and a couple of his pals.  George had just finished "restoring" his bright yellow VW Thing.  So we took guests into dinner with us -- each of us carried his own door.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on July 19, 2017, 02:44:40 PM
My recall was from the mid 60's.

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Stainless1 on July 19, 2017, 09:58:07 PM
I remember Steaks and Burgers... reasonable prices, long waits for a table if you were slow off the salt.  We usually had dinner there before the lightning show
 :cheers:


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Speed Limit 1000 on July 20, 2017, 07:51:05 AM
I remember Steaks and Burgers... reasonable prices, long waits for a table if you were slow off the salt.  We usually had dinner there before the lightning show
 :cheers:

Good times. Guy and the girls, the Vescos and other good friends :cheers:

John


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Ron Gibson on July 20, 2017, 09:48:27 AM
A lot of folkss don't know what the lightning show was.

Ron


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on July 20, 2017, 11:14:47 AM
Wat a real character? Lightening Man.

A pain for the law enforcement.

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: MattGuzzetta on July 20, 2017, 05:08:56 PM
Wow, never can forget Lightning man!  Great times in the 70's Wendover.......found a couple of links to a video and a book by Vernon Mangold, a certified wildman.  I remember a GMC 6 71 diesel driving a generator just to run the primary coil on the Tesla coil.......Did you come with us Freud?  :-D
Video plus some photos:
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675031284_Ball-lightning_Wendover-Air-Force-Base_Tesla-coils_Project-Tesla

Book about lighting by Lightning man:
http://www.universal-publishers.com/m/book.php?method=ISBN&book=1581127960

Enjoy, wish the best for speedweek! :cheers:

Matt guzzetta


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: toclub on July 20, 2017, 05:17:06 PM
This was all done at night in one of the old hangers. Made your hair stand right up.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on July 20, 2017, 07:44:12 PM
Matt, all there at one time.

Now I remember why my hair is

standing straight up when I awaken.

Ball lightning was a problem in some

military facilities and the problem was

to try to replicate it in hopes of being

able to prevent it in the offices.

This was Robert's key to having a

hair raising experience at the governments

expense.

His roomie was Dean Moon's Mom.

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: mtkawboy on July 21, 2017, 12:21:47 PM
Was the Hideaway the place that had the slot machines in the booths ?


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: nickleone on July 25, 2017, 01:44:43 PM
Here is the map:
https://www.yelp.com/map/salt-flats-cafe-wendover

Nick


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: jacksoni on July 25, 2017, 02:52:46 PM
Here is the map:
https://www.yelp.com/map/salt-flats-cafe-wendover

Nick
If this map is correct, this cannot be the old Hideaway as it is in Utah, not Nevada.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: RichFox on July 25, 2017, 04:56:52 PM
Right. The Hideaway is now a bar. They are not allowed to sell food for some reason. The map is correct for the new Salt Flats Cafe location. I think it was a Mexican restrant sort of in a trailer last time I was there.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Stan Back on July 25, 2017, 06:04:33 PM
Rich, as usual, is correct.  The Salt Flats Cafe was a Mexican restaurant before, and (I believe) Millie's before that.  It's in a double-wide mobile.  Just past the Painless Dentist if he's still around.  

The Hideaway is northwest of that, in Nevada, on what I believe the map shows as Scobie Dr.  It's in a mobile home village (trailer park).

Both are worth visiting.

I'm still looking for the 8x8x8 1/4-inch steel jail that used to be easy to find in Wendover.

And the drag strip that was on the airport property.  A few years ago we met some guys from SLC that came all the way to compete.  The guy that ran it, as I remember, took the tickets, was the announcer, and was the starter, too.  No return road -- you had to come back along the strip.  Made the program last a little longer that way, too.  And, in the pits, you saw piles of spare tires and hubcaps and tools out of the competitors' cars.  Looked like long ago.  Match races made most of the program I saw.  Everyone having fun and swapping dollars.

A few years ago there was a nightclub down in the airbase.  A two-story building with the top floor looking uninhabitable.  I think Friday was "Bring-Your-Own-Knife Night".  We never did partake.  

Wendover can be fun.  No, it's not like home, but there are people and things that are interesting.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Stainless1 on July 25, 2017, 11:11:23 PM
I just hope someone in town is selling ice cream, I really missed the ice cream and taco joint in the tire shop!
See Y'all on the salt  8-)  :cheers:


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Roadkinglsr on July 26, 2017, 06:14:04 AM
I agree the Taco and Ice Cream place in that station was great.  Always stopped in once or twice or more..


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on July 27, 2017, 12:34:51 PM
Kepner, the drag race guru, and I went for an afternoon

at the drag strip. There was a woman and her child in the

grand stand to watch Daddy race. Kepner just doesn't ever

get close to a drag strip w/o having a look.

FREUD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: edinlr on August 19, 2017, 11:51:12 PM
I'm curious if anyone had a disappointing experience at the new Salt Flats Café?  We went for breakfast and even though they were slow, the service was slow and bad.  My wife's food came out first and was cold and my eggs came out 5 minutes later.  On top of that I think prices were up by 50% from last year.  The locals said they had the same experiences.  I doubt they will be around in 2018 based on this.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: WOODY@DDLLC on August 20, 2017, 08:05:19 AM
We had breakfast there three times and dinner once - all good!  :cheers:
Nugget - raw shrimp salad replaced by over cooked cheeseburger!  :x :x


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on August 20, 2017, 08:06:12 AM
We ate there a few times - for dinners only. The menus are the same - same prices.  Nancy and I enjoyed our dinners for $11 TOTAL each time.  No complaint from us, no dire predictions.

As for breakfast-- I do remember them being so slammed in the old location that one day at breakfast Fogie was waiting tables - in Spanish!  What a hoot. :cheers:


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Buickguy3 on August 20, 2017, 08:14:14 AM
  We ate dinner and breakfast there several times. All good and very reasonable prices. I made the comment that the new flystrips were a nice touch from the old place. I only got a blank stare. No problems and good food.
   Doug  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: jdincau on August 20, 2017, 08:16:22 AM
Except for the location it was exactly like years before, food, prices and service were great! Marcello says business is good, they get a lot more local traffic than they did out at the truck stop.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on August 20, 2017, 08:46:31 AM
Doug, didja noticed the fly strips were kinda fancy -- they evidently come with factory-installed black dots in pretty patterns - so that when flied get stuck they just add to the gaiety of the design.

I liked 'em! :-D :-D  And - the a/c did a better job than at the truckstop.  It wasn't cool inside - but cooler than at the old location.  We'll go back there.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: SPARKY on August 20, 2017, 08:47:00 AM
Hers to Tres Amigos and a BIG APPLE juice!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Stainless1 on August 20, 2017, 09:11:11 AM
We went several times, same great food, same note free ordering, same calculator (brain) giving you the reasonable bill.  Some items were up $.25-.50 from last year, but that barely matches inflation...
They have twice as many tables, twice as many folks eating at one time, seems that with all that considered, they served in about the same amount of time as usual... about the time it takes to get our food anywhere else in Bendover.... but more reasonable
 :cheers:


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: kiwi belly tank on August 20, 2017, 10:28:45 AM
Hers to Tres Amigos and a BIG APPLE juice!  :cheers:
Yep! I don't drink much Apple juice but it's still on the menu & I had a bigin!  :-D
  Sid.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: sdroadster on August 20, 2017, 02:18:09 PM
One of the waiters told us that the new owners of the gas station raised the rent for the Salt Flat Café to $4000.00 per month. Now they have a new restaurant serving "Indian cuisine" We'll see how long these new owners will last.....


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Freud on August 20, 2017, 04:10:39 PM
By staying at our 5 Star Motel 6 it's just too convenient to

cross the street and frequent the Copper Kettle. I left on

Tuesday morning so I had less opportunity to shift my

place of dining. One night at the Rainbow Buffet was the

only "outside" meal. When Kepner and I walked in and

our greeters smile went from cheek to cheek we knew

we would be spoiled.  Correct assumption. Ain't it great

when we are recognized in our home away from home???

FerD


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on August 20, 2017, 05:40:23 PM
Tell me about it, Freud. The first night Nancy and I were in Wendover a few weeks ago we were getting some stuff in Smith's and saw Marcello buying lettuce and stuff.  He saw us and came over to say hi and make sure we knew he'd moved the restaurant.

And that night when we walked in George (Jorge), Marcello's oldest boy and the guy with the super memory -- greeted us with a "How's the race course looking this year?"

I will say that the truckstop has many more trucks parked overnight - and during the day - than in the past.  As if it were now a "real" truckstop.  Ad many of the drivers we saw while we were there appeared of eastern ethnicity (trying to be proper here) and they might well appreciate the revised menu.

Live with it and deal with it.  The Metro (nee Salt Falts Cafe) is good.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Stainless1 on August 20, 2017, 06:19:03 PM
My guess... the guys that run the station bought it... and wanted to open their family restaurant...
raising the rent assured them the SFC would leave.  Didn't eat there, don't know if the food is good or bad, we went to the Copper Kettle when we could get in, the SFC when we could get in... sure miss the taco and ice cream place.... the lady at the KC got some ice cream for our desert...


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: Dodge Brother on August 23, 2017, 12:18:40 AM
We made sure we ate at the SFC after reading all the rave reviews on here, from past years. Ended up having lunch there every day that we were in town! The food was awesome, service good and the prices...... they're almost giving it away from what we're used to. Two of us ate lunch for $14 total, We would have to pay that much for one plate of food like that up here!


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: kiwi belly tank on August 23, 2017, 01:12:36 AM
I would say the move was good for their business. When the racers aren't in town the locals are filling the place.
  Sid.


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: distributorguy on August 24, 2017, 08:41:41 AM
Its good to hear they're busy when we left, because we ate breakfast there almost every day and never saw a local inside. 
The Copper Kettle was good too, albeit slow service.  They did make us an apple pie special for a B-day celebration. 

The taco stand kiddy-corner from the Nugget was the best food we had all week!!!


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: QikNip on August 24, 2017, 09:05:44 AM
I particulalry liked the cold apple juice :-D


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: sofadriver on August 27, 2017, 11:05:47 AM
I particulalry liked the cold apple juice :-D
Good, because you probably wouldn't have liked the warm beer.  :-(


Title: Re: Salt Flats Cafe
Post by: jacksoni on August 28, 2017, 08:17:52 AM
Its good to hear they're busy when we left, because we ate breakfast there almost every day and never saw a local inside. 
The Copper Kettle was good too, albeit slow service.  They did make us an apple pie special for a B-day celebration. 

The taco stand kiddy-corner from the Nugget was the best food we had all week!!!
I overheard one of the waiters in the SFC mention that for speedweek they asked the locals to stay away expecting racer traffic but that the rest of the time had a good local business.