Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The above information I got from Wikipedia but for filler I went to White Spot and I am getting some different info.
According to White Spot, Bailey had transformed his 1918 Model T into a travelling lunch counter, which served sightseers at Lookout Point. Both sites agree that he did open the first drive-in restaurant in Vancouver (Canada according to Wikipedia) but Wikipedia says 1934 whereas White Spot states 1928.
White Spot became famous for its hamburgers, which contained Nat's special sauce - it was rumoured to be thousand island dressing mixed with mayonnaise but Nat never told. His french fries were never less than 3 inches in length and his hamburgers drew customers from all over. Later, Nat added his 'Chicken Pickens', which were extremely popular. (You have to remember that is before Kentucky Fried Chicken made its appearance.)
By the time that Nat Bailey retired, and sold White Spot to General Foods, he had built several drive-ins in Vancouver and Victoria.
Bailey also supported little league baseball in Vancouver and was part owner of the Vancouver Mounties minor league baseball team. His love of the game of baseball was well known and after his death in 1978, the Capilano Stadium was renamed Nat Bailey Stadium and that is where the minor league baseball team, the Vancouver Canadians, call home.
Talking about the Vancouver Canadians, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them. For the second year in a row, they became Northwest League champions and became the only team to win back to back championships in five years. Kudos to the manager, Clayton McCullough, and the rest of the team.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Nat Bailey, history, White Spot, British Columbia