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Re: Manning's Coffee

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Posted by kathy on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 13:19:09 :

In Reply to: Re: Manning's Coffee posted by Sally Brice on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 at 14:56:04 :

Hi Marcie, Boy it is a small world. My parents lived on Dana in Palo Alto when I was born. So, that is probably the house you're talking about. It was a cute, little place. We didn't live there for very long, only a couple of years.


I've been reading a mystery novel set in San Francisco's in the late '30's, early '40's. It made me remember Mannings Cafeteria, which I remember as being across the street from the old AC Transit hub. My mother would take us to lunch there when we went to the City to buy my new school clothes. That and Normandy Lane at the City of Paris. My parents bought a house in Palo Alto in 1953 on Dana Ave. that was the duplicate of another house up the street that we were told was originally owned by the cafeteria Mannings. Anyone know anything about this? --Sally Minard Brice

: : Hi Marcie,

: : I know months have passed since you posted this, but I just noticed this inquiry. Periodically I search for Manning "stuff". Just curious what your interest is. This is my family, so a brief rundown. Manning's Coffee was started in Seattle in 1908 by my grandfather and his brother. Started as coffee at Pike's Place, expanded to food, then the first cafe opened there. In 1923 my grandfather and family moved to San Francisco, then to Palo Alto. The headquarters of Manning's, Inc. was on Battery St. At it's height the company had 40 cafeterias and restaurants in 9 western states, in addition to coffee and frozen food distribution. In 1960, following my grandfather's death, my Father took over Manning's, Inc. His brother, Robert, headed up the coffee end of the company. Then in 1970 Manning's was sold to LaBatt of Canada, and subsequently to Del Monte. In addition to the coffee and bakery goods, and cafeterias, they ran food service operations in various hospitals and businesses. The last cafeteria on Geary closed in 1984.

: : Hope this helps.
: : Kathy

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