The Goody Goody Family Tree
When Ralph Stephens first went into the restaurant business in Oklahoma City in 1921, he set in motion a chain of events that would lead to the creation of restaurants in Missouri, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, and California, for the Stephens and Reid families and those who followed them. These famous restaurants, Goody Goody and Dolores', were independent operations that shared some common roots, traditions, and menu items. To those who patronized them, these names still evoke memories of delicious food--a delicious hamburger with secret sauce, barbeque sandwiches, homemade pies, and happy times.

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Ralph A. Stephens, Ohio to Missouri to Oklahoma
Ralph Augustus Stephens was born on October 17, 1892 in Eaton, Ohio to Eaton grocer Henry Stephens and Sarah J. (Fraley) Stephens.  Ralph had an older brother named Grover H. and older sister named Nellie.  By 1910, Ralph Stephens had moved out on his own and was living in a boarding house in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri where he worked as a presser in a dye house.

It was at this time that Ralph met Hannibal, Mo. native Amanda Ellen Ogle in Kansas City, MO. They married in Kansas city on Oct. 19, 1912.  Amanda worked as a bookkeeper for a local daily paper in Hannibal and was one of six children of Missouri native and Hannibal carpenter Jesse L. Ogle and his wife, Catherine. 

Ralph and Amanda's first son, Robert Emery Stephens, was born in Park Ridge, Cook Co., Illinois on Dec. 4, 1915.  By 1917, Ralph, Amanda and their infant son had moved to Oklahoma City where Ralph owned and operated the Western Hotel at 810 W. Main St.  Their second son, Vincent Ralph Stephens, was born in Oklahoma City on Jan. 24, 1917.

In 1920, Ralph was a 27-year-old Western Hotel assistant manager in OK City when he decided to go into the restaurant business.

1920 census of the Stephens family at 23 W. 10th St. in Oklahoma City
Ralph was listed as a hotel proprietor.

1917 and 1920 Oklahoma City directories,
"r" denotes their residence address.

Ralph A. Stephens' First Two Restaurants


Ralph & Amanda Stephens, ca. 1950s
Photo from RetroMetro Oklahoma City

In 1921, Ralph Stephens opened "The Car Barn Cafe" at 416 N. Olie Ave.  "Car Barn" refers to a building  where streetcars/trolleys were housed when not in use or being repaired or serviced.  Unsuccessful in this endeavor, he then opened the Puritan Cafe in 1923 with partner E. V. Bodkin at 102b N. Broadway in Oklahoma City.

1921 Oklahoma City directory
"prop" means "proprietor".

1923 Oklahoma City directory


Ralph and Amanda's daughter, Dolores, was born in Oklahoma City on Dec. 14, 1921.



At right, looking north along Broadway from Main St., the former location of the Puritan Cafe in Oklahoma City.





The Stephens Family in Dallas, TX and Hannibal, MO.
After two attempts in the restaurant business, competition and a lot of debt caused the then 30-year-old Ohio native to move  his family to Dallas in 1923.  There, he saw a drive-in barbecue “pig stand” that seemed to have a thousand cars parked around it.  He took a job with a popular local chain and learned the local operation in Dallas, but before opening a company stand in Little Rock, a trip to his father-in-law’s in Hannibal, MO, gave him time to reconsider. 

He decided to go into business for himself once again, this time with a barbecue stand.  The family slept in the stand as it was being built, and in June of 1925, Stephens opened his barbecue stand at 2629 St. Mary's Avenue in Hannibal, Missouri and named it Goody-Goody Barbecue.

The 1925 Hannibal city directory doesn't name the restaurant; it's possible that he hadn't yet thought of a name by the time the information for the 1925 directory was gathered.  But it is more likely that the early Oklahoma City directories only provided the owner's occupation and did not provide the name of the business.

The first Goody-Goody Barbecue, Hannibal, MO.
Photos from RetroMetro Oklahoma City

Business was initially a success, but when the weather turned cold, the crowds dissipated, and the business failed. In a 1968 interview, Ralph Stephens said “We closed, and being sort of soldiers in fortune, we took off for Florida.” 

The Stephens Family Moves To Florida
Enticed by the land boom that Florida had been experiencing in the mid-1920s, Stephens left Hannibal, MO, for Tampa, FL, with his wife Amanda, teenage sons Robert & Vincent and 4-year-old daughter Dolores. “The land boom was on then and we went to Tampa and opened one restaurant, then another" Stephens said. "They had told us there were no rooms in Tampa so we bought a tent and slept under that until we almost flooded out.”  (The preceding comes primarily from Dolores Restaurant, OKC History)

Skip to Ralph Stephens and his Goody-Goody in Tampa, 1925

Goody-Goody in Hannibal after Ralph Stephens

1927 Hannibal city directory shows Bodkin lived next to his restaurant.  It is not known if he was in business as Goody-Goody. It appears that city directories only listed the owner's name and restaurant address.

After the Stephens family moved to Tampa, E. V. Bodkin (Ralph's former partner at the short-lived Puritan Cafe in Oklahoma City in 1923) operated a restaurant by 1927 at 2629 St. Mary's Ave. in Hannibal, MO.  It does not appear that it was named Goody-Goody.

1929 Hannibal city directory

By 1929, the restaurant at 2629 St. Mary's Ave. in Hannibal was owned by George Buttgen, who lived next door to the restaurant.  Also affiliated with the restaurant, and possible co-owners were George W. Silman and Henry C. Winn.  Silman's directory listings for the late 1920s show he was a machine operator at the International Shoe Company factory in Hannibal.


1935 Hannibal, MO city directory restaurant listings

The 1935 "S" listings in the Hannibal city directory show the Silmans lived next door to their restaurant--at 2627 St. Mary's Ave.

By 1935, George W. Silman was the owner of the restaurant at 2629 W. St. Mary's Avenue.




1937 Hannibal city directory "S" listings

1937 Hannibal city directory restaurant listings


By 1937, Silman's restaurant was advertised as Goody-Goody Barbecue.

Goody-Goody operated at this location with George Silman as proprietor, and his wife Esther as his assistant, until at least 1940, according to Silman's 1940 census.

1946 Hannibal city directories

In 1946 Goody-Goody Barbecue was owned by Wilburn E. Jaynes who lived at 2918 Garfield.


Goody-Goody transitioned into "Sandwich Shop" from "Barbecue" in Hannibal between 1950 and 1953.

From 1950 through 1953, Goody-Goody Barbecue in Hannibal was owned by Mrs. Dorothy Y. McCann and Ivan Yates (probably her brother, or father.)  Mr. Yates was also the president of Yates & Hagan Clothing Co. in Hannibal.





From 1955 through 1957, Dorothy McCann and her husband Robert owned and operated the Goody-Goody in Hannibal.


Mrs. Savage was a waiter at the shop.

In 1959, Goody-Goody Sandwich Shop in Hannibal was owned by Charles F. Savage, who was also a draftsman with Wendt-Sonis.

Dixie Cream donut shop, circa 1962
Photo from Kathy Threlkeld at Bluff City Memories

Above, an SUV sits where the first Goody Goody was opened by Ralph Stephens.



In mid-1962, the old Goody-Goody in Hannibal became the home of The Dixie Cream Donut Shop. 







The building was demolished in 1963 to make way for the new Smith's Funeral Home. 



Goody-Goody in Tampa, 1925


After arriving in Tampa from Hannibal in late 1925, Stephens partnered with 35-year-old Ohio native and former Dayton, Ohio bookkeeper William L. Reid to open Goody-Goody Barbecue at 1603 Grand Central Ave (today's Kennedy Blvd.)  It was the first drive-in restaurant east of the Mississippi River.

Goody-Goody's first listing was in the 1926 Tampa city directory--the only year that Reid was listed as a co-owner.




Residential listings of Ralph Stephens and William Reid, 1926.
Stephens lived on the next block west of the Goody-Goody, Reid lived nearby in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

It is not known why Reid, who had been in Tampa for about a year, ended his partnership with Stephens by 1927 and returned to Ohio with his wife Jessie L. Weaver Reid and 12-yr-old son Robert.








In 1927, in Tampa, Stephens moved the Goody-Goody from 1603 to 1629 Grand Central--at the corner of Rome Avenue--taking advantage of more area for parking and curb service. 

Goody-Goody Car stalls at 1629 Grand Central, circa 1928.
Notice the stalls were made from roughly hewn tree trunks and covered with palmetto fronds.  Burgert Bros. photo from
RetroMetro Oklahoma City



Goody-Goody Barbecue and new car stalls at 1629 Grand Central, 1930.  This being the north side of the street, the corner of Rome Ave. is on the left side of the photo.  The 1603 Grand Central location was to the right.
Burgert Bros. photo from the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library.




"Goody-Goody Barbecue No. 2" at 1629 Grand Central Ave., 1930.  (No. 1 was the one Stephens started in Hannibal, MO.)  Burgert Bros. photo courtesy of David Parsons, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library.



Close up of the shop at 1629 Grand Central, 1930
Burgert Bros. photo courtesy of David Parsons,
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library.





Close up of the car stalls at 1629 Grand Central, 1930

Burgert Bros. photo courtesy of David Parsons, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library.



Close up of the car stalls at 1629 Grand Central, 1930
Burgert Bros. photo courtesy of David Parsons,
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library.



The front portion of Goody-Goody at 1629 Grand Central, 1932

The rear portion of Goody-Goody at 1629 Grand Central, 1932
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  In 1927, Stephens opened Goody-Goody at 5201 N. Florida Avenue, in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa. The shop was located a block north of the Seminole Theater.

1928-29 billboard advertising both locations
Photo by Boozer & Rodgers, Tampa, from RetroMetro Oklahoma City

1929 Tampa city directory restaurant listings


  The economic collapse of 1929 caused by the decline of the Florida land boom caused Stephens to look for a way out. He saw a classified ad placed by William Bechtel Stayer, which read “Have $10,000 to invest, would like to buy a small business.”  

The Stayer Years                                                              


William B. Stayer
Photo courtesy of granddaughter Glenda Stayer Wood

William B. Stayer was a 45-year-old successful lumber insurance agent as well as executive director of a lumber dealers association in Pittsburgh.  After his 2nd marriage ended, he moved to Winter Haven, Florida for a short time then to Lakeland, Florida where remarried and  bought a grove.  He travelled to Tampa to frequent the Spanish restaurants and bars.  Wanting to get back into business, he bought the Goody-Goody from Stephens, even though he had vowed earlier never to buy a barbecue stand.


Stayer's 1910 census in Pittsburgh shows William B. Stayer was 26.  He had been married to Edna M. for 7 years and worked as a postal clerk.  Their sons Carl and William were ages 6 and 4½. Mary M. was William B. Stayer's mother, not sister as listed here.

Edna Stayer died on Dec. 6, 1918.  William's 1920 census in Pittsburgh shows he was widowed and working as an insurance agent.  His children were Carl A. 15, William D. 14, Glen E. 10, Elizabeth S. 6, and Robert E. 4.


  After selling to Stayer in 1929, Stephens was determined to settle his debts and prove he could be a successful restaurant operator.  He and his family left Tampa and returned to Oklahoma City armed with a "secret weapon."  Before they came to Tampa, while in Hannibal, Amanda Stephens had obtained a recipe for “comeback” sauce from a barbeque stand in nearby Quincy, Ill.  It may have been the origin of the famous Goody-Goody secret sauce used in Tampa.  Another possibility is that the Goody-Goody secret sauce originated with the Dallas "pig stand" Stephens worked at for a short time before opening the first Goody-Goody in Hannibal.



  Married by then to Sadie Rawls, a former nurse in Lakeland, William B. Stayer moved to Tampa with his wife and teenage children Elizabeth and Robert.  It is not known who 10-year-old John was, according to a daughter of William B. Stayer's son, Dr. Glenn Stayer, there was no son named John.

Stayer's 1930 census in Tampa shows him listed as "Sales Manager, Sandwich Shop."

Dr. Glenn E. Stayer
Photo courtesy of his daughter, Glenda Stayer Wood

William's oldest son, Carl, an insurance adjuster, lived in Pittsburgh with his wife Margaret.  His next oldest son, William Drew Stayer, also lived in Pittsburgh.  William B. Stayer's next oldest son, Glenn E. Stayer was earning his medical doctorate degree at the time, and joined the family with his M.D. degree in Tampa by 1935 at age 25.  Glenn later lived in Birmingham, Ala. in the mid 1940s to the early 1960s, with his wife Marian and later 2nd wife Jean. He was a successful ophthalmologist and surgeon.  He read the German philosopher Nietzsche for pastime and enjoyed the classical masters – Beethoven and Wagner. As a rest from his practice, he played tennis or traveled to where the Alabama football team was playing or automobiles were racing.


  In late March of 1930, Stayer closed the Goody-Goody sandwich shop at 5201 N. Florida Avenue and on April 3, 1930, opened a new location in the northern fringe area of downtown Tampa--1119 N. Florida Avenue.  See opening day  ad.

In Oct. of 1933, the original Tampa location at 1629 Grand Central closed.  Stayer then consolidated all his operations at the new downtown shop.

Goody-Goody at 1119 N. Florida Avenue, Feb. 18, 1932
Burgert Bros. photo from the USF Digital Collections

The new downtown shop provided a small area for those who wished to eat inside, with seating for around 10 to 12 patrons in desk-chairs.  But the curb service is what continued to make it a popular lunch spot. 



Close up of downtown Goody-Goody Florida Avenue side from above 1932 photo. The front expansion of the dining room had not yet been started.
When the front was expanded for more dining area, the lettering seen in this photo could still be seen on the remaining portion of this wall in the crawl space above the new dining area.  See it here.
Full size image from USF Digital Collections

Close up of downtown Goody-Goody Florida Avenue south side from 1932 photo.  Full size image from USF Digital Collections


  About his father, Carl Stayer said, "He couldn't do short-order cooking, run the cash register, or wash dishes.  W.B. Stayer monitored the drive-in section and met the customers.  A gregarious sort, he had a personality described as 'dignified and infectious.' He sold himself and his business wherever he went."

Close up of downtown Goody-Goody parking stalls and signs from above 1932 photo.  Full size image from USF Digital Collections



1935 Newspaper ad


Around the mid-1930s, William Stayer's sons Bill and Bob became involved with the Goody-Goody in Tampa, with Bob, the youngest, becoming his father's mainstay in the day-to-day operation. 

Bill and Bob Stayer, with their father, Wm. B. Stayer
Photo courtesy of Wm. B. Stayer's granddaughter, Glenda Stayer Wood



William "Bill" Drew Stayer
Photo courtesy of his niece, Glenda Stayer Wood



By 1941, business was doing so well that Stayer expanded the front of the building to create a larger dine-in area that sat around 52 customers.

Robertson & Fresh photo from USF Digital Collections

This 1941 photo shows the new dining area, with the original front wall of the shop at the left, now a partition.  Beyond that was the original eat-in area and service counter.  See the layout of the Goody Goody


  "What Stayer did might be called 'maitre d' in a classy restaurant, and public relations officer in a large corporation. He monitored the drive-in section and met the customers."

William Stayer capitalized on his assets: recipes that customers liked and employees who performed their job well. His butcher, the legendary Nathaniel "Peanuts" Wilson bought beef quarters and ground them, adding just the right amount of fat to make mouth-watering hamburgers. 


  Although "Barbeque" stayed on the signs and on the menu for years, the Goody-Goody made its reputation with its hamburgers--liberally doused with a specially-made barbeque sauce--and its delicious pies. The sauce and pie recipes were closely guarded secrets, and were most likely brought to Tampa by Stephens from his restaurant background in Oklahoma City and Hannibal, MO, and passed to Stayer along with the restaurant.

On the roof of this 1941 photo, you can see where the front wall was originally located before the dining area expansion.




Around 1940, William B. Stayer and his wife bought an old dairy farm with milk cows at Palm River.  His sons, Bill and Bob Stayer, continued the daily operations of the Goody Goody. In January of 1944, Bob Stayer, a popular young man, drowned in a tragic accident at age 28.

Robert "Bob" Edward Stayer
Photo courtesy of his niece, Glenda Stayer Wood


Carl Stayer then left his job with GMAC in Harrisburg, PA, brought his family to Tampa and took over the business.

Carl Andrew Stayer
Photo courtesy of his niece, Glenda Stayer Wood



Circa 1943 Goody Goody menu
Reproduced from the original

The fine print at the top of the menu front

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  Before World War II, all the Goody-Goody car hops in Tampa were male.  During the war, ladies replaced the men.

Goody-Goody car hops, circa 1945

From "Tampa pastimes: Those good-looking Goody-Goody girls." Sunland Tribune 15/1 (November 1989)  

Just a chance to flirt with a bevy of pretty car-hops was enough to draw the guys to the Goody-Goody at 1119 Florida Avenue in the glory days during and after World War II. But the food--especially those delicious pies--was the best in town. 



From 1947 to 1949, then-recent Hillsborough High School graduate (and recently married) Yvonne (Whitehead) Freeman worked as a carhop at the Goody-Goody.  After a 10-year period away from Goody-Goody, she returned to work in the restaurant in 1959 as a waitress. In that capacity, she once served Col. Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.


From the 1940s, when a hamburger was 20 cents, to the 1960s, traffic would back up for a block or two waiting to get into the drive-in.  Yvonne said it was an unbelievably busy place. "In those days, curb service, or dining in one's car, was popular in part because women dressed up in hats and gloves to dine out, but when they weren't dressed up, they wanted to hide in their car."



Goody Goody matchbook, circa late 1950s


  One of the changes made to the Goody-Goody in the ensuing years was the enclosure of the south side of the rear wood frame additions to the building, adding office and storage space.  The unusual "slanted" wall in relation to the original block structure was designed to allow vehicles to continue to have access to the rear parking stalls.  See Goody-Goody layout.

Goody-Goody at 1119 N. Florida Ave., circa early 1960s

Another improvement during this period was the addition of a new, eye-catching neon sign as seen above.  It originally advertised Sealtest Ice Cream at the lower portion.


Above: The 1941 sign and the 1960s sign.  Though the neon lights later no longer worked, the sign in use during the 1960s remained until early 2004.




1966 Chamberlain High School yearbook ad



  William B. Stayer died on Feb. 21, 1953 and is buried in Myrtle Hill Memorial Park, Tampa.  He was born in New Enterprise, Pa., on Oct. 8, 1883.


Photo courtesy of his great-granddaughter, Glenda Stayer Wood


The Wheeler/Freeman Years                                                   


Mike Wheeler, early 1980s

In 1980, the Stayer family, who had owned Goody-Goody since 1929, sold it to local accountant Mike Wheeler. Wheeler ate his first Goody-Goody hamburger when he was 10 and had grown up on them.  In 1982, Wheeler  leased the Goody-Goody for a few years to Frank Losurdo who began to make renovations. Unable to come up with the funds and permits to overhaul the antiquated building and bring it to required standards to keep it in operation, the Goody-Goody reverted back to Wheeler who temporarily closed the Goody-Goody in late May of 1984.

  Six months later, Yvonne Freeman, who had still been working there since rejoining the Goody-Goody in 1959, decided it was her turn to run the show.  


Yvonne Freeman, 1992

Freeman leased the building from Wheeler, reopened the landmark in January of 1985, and became the manager, baker and half-day server until its final closing day. She decided not to continue with drive-in curb service, with the last car being served in May of 1984.  Freeman continued the traditional, well-guarded recipes for the secret Goody-Goody burger sauce and pies that were handed down from original founder Ralph Stephens and his wife, Amanda.  With her son Doug at the griddle in the later years, Yvonne took personal responsibility for baking all the pies and making the sauce herself.

  Carl Andrew Stayer, son of William Bechtel Stayer, died on Aug. 8, 1990 in Havana, FL.  He is buried in Woodland Cemetery in Havana, FL.  Carl was born Mar. 22, 1904 in Altoona, PA.  He attended Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio in the mid 1920s.  Carl and his wife Margaret had two children, Jan and Carol A. Stayer.  

  William B. Stayer's only daughter,  Elizabeth "Betty" Shires Stayer New Margulis Hendryson, was born December 30, 1913.  She was a national advocate for parents and children, noted public speaker and medical librarian.  She was elected president of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers in 1967, was a delegate to White House conferences on aging, children and youth and education and was appointed in 1969 to the board of UNICEF. She was a children's librarian and a medical librarian in New York City and in New Mexico, most recently at the University of New Mexico from 1977 until her retirement. She was voted New Mexico Librarian of the Year in 1980.  She died on April 21, 2004 in San Francisco. Her children were Elizabeth New Weld Nolan of San Francisco and Dr. Peter S. New of Punta Gorda, FL.  Photo courtesy of her niece, Glenda Stayer Wood  

  Stepping into Goody-Goody was like stepping into the hamburger twilight zone. All the walls were jam-packed with a pictorial history of Tampa. Photographs by local photographers of the past, the Burgert Brothers and Robertson & Fresh, post cards, old advertisements, and memorabilia, all took you back to a time when Tampa was in its heyday and the beginnings of the drive-in burger stand.

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  The Goody-Goody was a popular lunch spot for the downtown crowd. Business people, attorneys, judges, federal magistrates, political figures--including mayors and congressmen--and everyday folks, enjoyed a Goody-Goody burger, fries, a slice of Yvonne's homemade pie, or a delicious hand-dipped milkshake made from real ice cream.



  In the late 1990s to early 2000s, business began to wane as development of the southern downtown area drew the lunch crowd away from the Goody-Goody.  The building was in need of exterior repair, and the sign, with the neon lighting long since inoperative, had become a rusted relic. The south-facing awning, which faced the northward one-way traffic on Florida Avenue, had become weathered and tired-looking. Around the spring of 2003, Wheeler began to make repairs and renovations to the exterior.

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  Just as repairs had begun, the Goody-Goody was spotted by the production executives or director of Lions Gate Entertainment, who were in town scouting locations for filming "The Punisher" in Tampa.  They contacted Wheeler with a proposal to use the diner for some scenes, and asked that he not make any more improvements to the building.  They wanted it to look as it did for the filming.

Yvonne Freeman and her helper, 2003
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  The production company made some interior changes, such as refinishing the service counter in aluminum, as well as replacing the white window blinds with brown, wooden ones, rearranging tables, switching out some of the aluminum dining room chairs with wooden ones, and some other minor changes to the memorabilia on the walls. 

Screen capture from "The Punisher" 2005


  Two scenes were filmed at the Goody-Goody in the summer of 2003, during the height of the Tampa thunderstorm season.  In one scene, character Frank Castle (played by Tom Jane) is confronted by Harry Heck (Mark Collie), the Memphis hit man hired by Howard Saint (John Travolta.)  After Heck tries to intimidate Castle by singing him a song he says he wrote to sing at Castle's funeral, Heck exits the Goody-Goody.  In the scene that was supposed to follow, Castle exits the Goody-Goody, gets in his car, and tears out of the parking lot onto Florida Avenue.  This parking lot scene was cut from the final version of the movie.

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  By April of 2004, Wheeler had completed the exterior improvements and the Goody-Goody sported a fresh, new yellow paint job, new green shutters on the windows, a revitalized south side awning with green and white stripes. 

Goody Goody in April, 2004
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The old rusted sign was beautifully restored, almost identical to its original condition, but without the neon tube lighting.  Floodlights were installed on the building to illuminate the sign at night.

Above, a rare view of the north-facing side of the sign, at night.


The south-facing side of the sign at night--the side that faced the one-way northbound traffic on Florida Avenue.


  The End of an Era
Goody-Goody continued to serve its devoted patrons in 2005, but the crowds of the 1940s to 1960s glory years were long gone. In the meantime, the land value of the downtown location had greatly increased, and offers were being received for the property. Yvonne had reached a point where she was ready to retire. In the fall of 2005, Mike Wheeler sold the property. The new owner made the decision to raze the building, and provided notice to Yvonne.

The Goody-Goody's last day of business was Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005. The local press, along with hundreds of devoted customers, former customers, and curiosity seekers flooded the Goody-Goody every day in the last few weeks, wanting to savor the flavor of that delicious Goody-Goody burger POX--pickles, onions, and special sauce--one more time.  (Yvonne had always scribbled "- POX" on her waitress pad. The "-" stood for hamburger; "POX" stood for pickles, onions and sauce. Yvonne never scribbled "POS" on her pad because the cook would think that meant "pickles, onions and sugar.")

Lunch time on the last day
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  Later, a private celebration for dozens of close friends, current and former Goody-Goody employees, and family, to pay tribute to Yvonne for her hard work and dedication through the years, for keeping the Goody-Goody open for so many years, and for creating life-long memories for all her dedicated customers and employees. Mike Wheeler presented her with flowers and a commemorative "Queen of Hamburgers" plaque for forty eight years of Goody-Goody service.  Photo by

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  Present at the celebration was special guest William Mote. 

Mr. Mote was one of the managers of the Goody-Goody during the Stayer years.  His wife, Lillian Rae, worked as a waitress there beginning in 1942.  Mr. Mote passed away on May 7, 2008 at age 82.
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  In January of 2006, demolition by CraftMar Construction and Development began on the humble building at 1119 N. Florida Avenue, the location of the Goody-Goody for the past 77 years.  By April of that year, all traces of this Tampa landmark were gone.  But the memories still remain.

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Goody Goody Burger Revival                                              

  In 2007, Mike Wheeler licensed the Pine Grove Family Restaurant at 9399 N. Florida Avenue in Tampa, owned by the Greek family of Greg Alexopoulos, to serve the famous Goody-Goody hamburger with its signature Secret Sauce.  The Pine Grove was a spacious friendly neighborhood gathering place located north of Busch Blvd. and south of Linebaugh for about 15 years at the time.

Mike had often eaten lunch at the Pine Grove and liked the family ownership. At the time, the Alexopouloses owned three restaurants, the others being in Pinellas Park and Ruskin. Mike convinced Greg that the recipe would attract long-neglected Secret Sauce aficionados.


  The contract with the Alexopoulos family stipulated that any information about the Secret Sauce recipe and its preparation was to forever remain secret. As long as the contract was in effect, Wheeler would provide certain secret ingredients in pre-mixed containers, the contents of which would be known only to himself; the restaurant would provide the remaining ingredients. The hamburger had to be its traditional precooked weight and size, served on a 4-inch bun with 3 pickle slices and raw onions chopped in chunks, not too finely. Yvonne Freeman personally instructed Greg on cooking the sauce and grilling the hamburgers, and supervised his first batch, along with the first five test patties.

When the sign outside proclaimed the return of the Original Goody-Goody hamburger,  Mike stopped in for lunch. The place was mobbed with customers.



In 2011, Gregg's mother, Theoni, took over management of the restaurant and the name was changed to Forest Hills Diner.  After over 20 years of ownership by the Alexopolous family, the restaurant recently closed.  Read more.



William L. Reid background

William Lawrence Reid was born April, 1889, probably in Preble County, near Eaton, Ohio.  His parents were Adison and Jenna Reid, who lived in the Jefferson Township, near Eaton, Ohio in 1900.  William had an older brother named Everett Orlando Reid and an older sister named Ogolda Edith Reid.

Some time between 1910 and 1915, William Reid married Jessie L. Weaver, a daughter of Eaton resident blacksmith Lewis Weaver and his wife Abbie Weaver.  Jessie had a brother named Lewis and a sister named Gertrude.

In 1900, the Reids lived no more than several miles from the Stephens family of Jefferson Township, and the Weavers lived even closer to the Stephenses, so the families may have all known each other.

By 1920, William and Jessie Reid lived in Dayton, where at times William worked as a clerk, paymaster, bookkeeper for the Ohio Rake Co., and accountant in Dayton, Ohio.  Some time in 1925, the Reids moved to Tampa.


William Reid's 1920 census in Dayton shows he was a bookkeeper at a rake company and his father-in-law, Louis Weaver, was living in their home.


The Reid's Goody Goodys, Ohio and California

In 1927, back in Dayton, Reid opened a lunch room at 3521 W. 3rd St., with his wife Jessie operating the restaurant.  They implemented a menu and recipes brought with them from Tampa, including the signature secret hamburger sauce and highly popular butterscotch pie.

1928 Dayton city directory

After William Reid's death in 1935, his wife Jessie became owner and operator.

1936 Dayton city directory shows Jessie widowed, her restaurant on W. 3rd, her home on Greenmount Blvd., and son Robert residing at the same address.

In 1939, Jessie Reid's lunch room was named Goody Goody Sandwiches and Jessie opened another location at 2841 Salem Ave. in Dayton.  It was a large, Tudor-style building with a large dining room that served about 140, with drive-in service and car hops. Both locations were open in 1940, but the W. 3rd St. location was soon closed.

1940 Dayton high school yearbook ad

William and Jessie's son, Robert W. Reid, who previously was a business machines salesman, joined the Dayton family business around 1939. 

Along with his wife, Mary, Bob managed and later owned the Goody Goody in Dayton.

Around 1947, 52-year-old Jessie Reid married John H. Bischoff, a former waiter at the Dayton Goody Goody.  They went to Santa Monica, CA where Jessie opened a Goody Goody at 3025 Wilshire Blvd., between Berkeley St. and Stanford St., again featuring the signature secret hamburger sauce and popular butterscotch pie.

1952 Santa Monica City Directory

For over a year, from 1949 to 1950, the Santa Monica Goody Goody was picketed on orders from labor union leaders for refusing to contract with them to put its employees into the union or discharge them.  During the period of the picketing, two stench bombs were hurled into the Goody Goody, and two plate glass windows had been smashed.  During this time, Jessie had to hire security guards to watch the place during closing hours.

1950 Los Angeles Times

Meanwhile, a bulletin that had been posted in the Los Angeles police department that read, "No officer of this bureau (Traffic) will take city equipment into the Goody Goody restaurant which is being picketed" was removed and replaced by a differently-worded one.  Police Chief Joseph McClelland said the notice was intended to "stop the congregating at the drive-in of numbers of police cars and motorcycles" and not intended to stop watchfulness at the place.  He also said no ban was intended against officers going into the place if they do not park their conveyances inside the picket line.

The picketing campaign led to dissention within the labor union because the 2,800 members were required to pay $1 to finance the picket, but very few were hired to do the picketing.  A number of members then circulated a petition to the national headquarters to have the finances of their Local 814 examined.

Circa late 1940s Goody Goody matchbook advertising the 2841 Salem Avenue location in Dayton and the 3025 Wilshire Blvd. location in Santa Monica.

Photo from eBay

Matchbook from Goody Goody in Santa Monica.  Photo from Flickr

Feb. 7, 1953, Los Angeles Times

In July of 1953, Jessie Reid leased the Santa Monica Goody Goody to Valley Restaurants, Inc.  In Dec. of 1954, she filed a lawsuit against Valley Restaurants alleging a violation of the terms of their lease. Valley filed a cross-claim to recover attorney fees.  Reid voluntarily dismissed her complaint during the trial, but the battle over whether Reid should pay Valley's legal fees lasted until 1957 when the court ruled against Valley's cross-claim. 

In 1954, Edward G Thrasher, Jr. is listed as the Goody Goody owner. It is not known if Valley Restaurants, Inc. was Thrasher's corporation, or even if he was the party that Valley Restaurants subleased to.  Over the years, Thrasher owned and operated such landmark Southland coffee shops as Fat Eddie's, Stops, the Blue Dolphin, Googie's and Pam Pam East in San Francisco.

1954 Santa Monica City Directory

Dinner houses Thrasher started included the Black Knight in Costa Mesa, Churchill's in Glendale, Rosebud's in San Francisco and Clementine's in Beverly Hills. He also helped build the Hyatt House at Los Angeles International Airport, restaurants in Chicago and refurbished the old Fielding Hotel in San Francisco. Thrasher died in La Quinta, CA on April 28, 1989 of heart failure.

Her marriage to Bischoff having ended, Jessie headed back to Dayton where she continued to own the Dayton Goody Goody into the late 1950s.  John Bischoff went to Columbus, OH, where he remarried in 1955 and managed a restaurant named the Explorers.

1964 Dayton school yearbook ad

Aug. 11, 1968 - Los Angeles Times

In 1968, Goody-Goody came full circle when Bob Stephens, son of the Goody-Goody founder Ralph Stephens, took over operations of the Santa Monica Goody-Goody.  (LA Times, 11-5-1970)

In the early 1970s, Bob Reid sold the Dayton Goody-Goody to former Variety Vending owner Ludwig "Ralph" Koch, who operated it until 1977 when it was destroyed by a fire while he was on vacation.

Robert and Mary Reid died in their 90s, within 8 days of each other in December 2005.  In 2006, the Dayton Foundation named a fund after them, to honor their memory as the Dayton Goody Goody owners, and to celebrate their marriage that spanned 70 years.  The fund aids numerous charitable organizations, including the Dayton Foundation.





















Ralph Stephens after Tampa

Back in Oklahoma City, Stephens and his wife then founded the Dolores Restaurant at 33 NE 23rd on April 15, 1930. It was named for their 8-year-old daughter.

The Stephens family on the 1930 census of Oklahoma City; they lived at 2523 N. Robinson Street.  Ralph was the proprietor of a sandwich shop.

Photo from Dolores Restaurant at OKCHistory

The Dolores proved successful from the outset. "The Depression hadn’t hit Oklahoma yet and the first year our volume was $52,000,” Stephens said. “We never closed our doors when the Depression hit, but we were selling hamburgers and malts for a dime each day to stay open."  For more than 40 years it was a popular family eating place. The Dolores became known for its delicious barbecue, hamburgers with "come back" sauce, and fine pastries such as Black Bottom Pie, made by Mrs. Stephens.  It was also a job for their son, Bob Stephens, who was a car hop there in the early 1930s.

The Stephenses continued to add their own touches, such as  inventing “Su-Z-Q potatoes” (curly French fries) in 1938. They wowed customers with their Black-Bottom Pie and salad dressings. Stephens also continued the idea of drive-in service, establishing parking stalls behind the restaurant, which at the time was located along the heavily-traveled Route 66.

Photos from Dolores Restaurant at OKCHistory

Ralph and Amanda's son, Vince, attended the University of Oklahoma in 1936 and 1937 where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Photos from Univ. of Oklahoma yearbooks

By the 1940s, Dolores was becoming a top pick for Route 66 guidebooks. Duncan Hines recommended the restaurant in his 1941 book “Adventures in Good Cooking,” saying “I enjoy eating here, especially their steaks and Su-Z-Q potatoes and barbequed ribs. They have the best biscuits I have found anywhere in America...Their menu provides a variety of good salads and other things, and I hope you are fortunate enough to find Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stephens there, so you may meet them personally.”

Photo from Dolores Restaurant at OKCHistory

Dolores was thriving even without the praise from Mr. Hines, and that winter Stephens closed the restaurant for a couple of weeks, expanded the dining area and engaged in a bit of rare advertising.

Photos from RetroMetro Oklahoma City

In 1945, Ralph and Amanda Stephens moved to California and opened a Dolores Drive-In at 8801 Sunset Blvd. on the "Sunset Strip" in Hollywood, using family specialties such as Suzi-Q potatoes (curly French fries), and hot deep dish fruit pies. There were many drive-in restaurants in Los Angeles during the mid 1940's and Dolores fit right in.  Stephens’ brother-in-law, Bob Ogle, became manager of the Dolores in Oklahoma City.

Dolores Drive in Hollywood, on Sunset Blvd. & Holloway/Horn Ave., circa mid 1940s.  Photo from WEHOville, "Tower Records Site Through The Years"

Intersection of Sunset Blvd and Holloway/Horn Ave., with Dolores at upper right, circa mid 1940s. Photo from WEHOville, "Tower Records Site Through The Years"

Stephens followed up by opening three more restaurants. In 1946, he bought a tacky wood structure dating from 1931, in the middle of a parking lot at 8531 Wilshire Blvd., half a block from "Restaurant Row" on La Cienega Blvd. in Beverly Hills.  After remodeling it, he opened his 2nd Dolores Restaurant in California there.

Dolores Drive-In on Wilshire between La Cienega and LeDoux
Photo from Dolores Collection at RetroMetro Oklahoma City

In 1946, Ralph Stephens' son Robert and his wife Lucille moved to Los Angeles to help Ralph manage the Dolores Restaurant on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The restaurant was a hit with the locals in the 40's and 50's with its carhops, Su-Z-Q French fries, and Jumbo Jim Burgers with Z Sauce, and became a staple in the community for the next forty years.

Menu from eBay
Pages from a circa 1949 Oklahoma City Dolores menu show the Hollywood and Beverly Hills locations and the one in Oklahoma City.  A notice at the top of the right side page states: "CONTRARY TO MANY RUMORS, this place is still owned and supervised by its originators, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Stephens and managed by Robt. A. Ogle.  Click each page to view larger.

Bob Stephens and his mother, Amanda, circa late 1940s
Photo from Dolores Collection at RetroMetro Oklahoma City

Bob Stephens at the Dolores car speaker, circa late 1950s
Photo from Dolores Collection at RetroMetro Oklahoma City


Dolores Drive-In, Beverly Hills, 1956
Photo from Historic Hollywood Photos

In the 1950s, the Dolores Drive-In Restaurant in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. closed.  A diner named Jacks on the Strip opened in that location.

Dolores Drive-In, Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, 1959 
Photo from T. Sutpen blogspot

In the late 1950s, the Stephens family opened a Dolores Restaurant at 5359 Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City, CA, with Bob Stephens as the active manager.  

Photo from "Culver City, My Home Town"

In 1972 they offered hamburgers made-to-order, but the standard burger had pickles and the special Dolores sauce.  Pies were still handmade, and the chili was still an old favorite.  Burgers were 85c to $1.25, pie was 45c to 60c, and chili was 85c.

In 1961, Ralph Stephens turned ownership of Dolores over to his son Bob.  Meanwhile, Ralph's  second son, Vince, was building up a legend of his own back in Oklahoma City with the "Split-T Charcoal Broiler" at 56th and N. Western Avenue in Oklahoma City.

The Split-T
Vince Stephens opened the Split-T Charcoal Broiler in 1953 at 5701 N. Western Ave. with David "Johnnie" Haynes as the manager until 1971. Stephens named it for University of Oklahoma football coach Bud Wilkinson's successful offensive formation with three running backs lined up behind the quarterback, and a single receiver that split away from the end of the line of scrimmage.  A friend suggested that Vince split a "T" across the front doors. 

With its football-themed decor, scattered OU paraphenalia on the walls, and red and white checked table cloths, Split-T was THE hang out for every high schooler of every generation from 1950 to the millenium. It was the place where a lot of people had their their first kiss, their first beer, etc.

Using his mother's recipes for Caesar, hickory and thousand island sauces on his hamburgers, Vince's Split-T, home of the "Theta Burger" and the T-Bar, became a highly popular hangout for teens in the 1950s and an institution in Oklahoma City for nearly 50 years. 

The Theta Burger was named when members of the sorority started asking to have mayo added to their No. 1 burgers. Eventually, someone taking the order started noting “theta” on the ticket so the kitchen would know what to do.

In 1994, Split-T closed for a few months due to bankruptcy.  The same year, former football players from Texas Tech and Northwestern Oklahoma State, Brad Vincent and Chad O'Neal, revived the Split-T. 

Split-T on its re-opening, April 30, 1994
Photo from NewsOk

Brad and Chad first had to convince founder Vince Stephens to reveal the recipe of the hickory sauce for which the Split-T became famous.  They said Stephens never gave anyone the full recipe until he gave it to them and Stephens went to great lengths to make sure he was the only one who made the final mix.   Brad & Chad still own the recipe to that hickory sauce, which graced the No. 1, a hickory burger, and the Theta. 

Except for the few months in 1994, the Split-T was in constant operation until it closed Sept. 15. 2000.  The building was demolished in late Nov. 2001.

Photo from NewsOK

Now, a Sonic drive-in occupies the same intersection and tries to keep the memory of the Split-T alive.  Sonic tried to keep the Split-T Burger on the menu, but T-fans said it was nowhere near as good as the original. To add to T-fans wounds, a shopping center called the Split-T Center was built on the former restaurant site.

Photo from Lynne's Lens at Flickriver

Photo from NewsOK

See 1983 Split-T restaurant review
Memories of the Split-T

Dolores Drive-In, Hollywood
In the early 1960s, the building which housed the Dolores Drive-In on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood was demolished and replaced by a 900-square-foot concrete and glass building that served as the showcase (a unique concept at the time) apartment for the luxury, high-rise Shoreham Towers apartment building that was built a half a block up Horn Avenue. 

After Shoreham Towers was completed in 1964, Earl “Madman” Muntz, later known for his wild advertising tactics, took over the showcase building on Sunset & Holloway.

Muntz’s car stereo installation center closed in 1970 and the building, which previously served as a showcase apartment building, was demolished. In its place, a new 8,660 square foot building was built with Tower Records as its tenant and according to the 1974 Guinness Book of World Records, was the largest record store in the world.

Photo from "Tower Records Site Through The Years"
Information from Tower Records Site History: From the First Car Stereo to ‘Largest Record Store in the World’
See many more interesting photos of this place at above links.

In 1968, the Stephens family went back to their roots when Bob Stephens took over operation of Bob Reid's former Santa Monica Goody-Goody Drive-In.  (LA Times, 11-5-1970)  Their fathers were co-owners of the first Goody-Goody Barbecue in Tampa in 1925-26.

Around 1970, the Dolores on Wilshire in Beverly Hills was bought by 43-year-old Dean Williams from Great Neck, NY.  Williams added a terrace overlooking the neighboring gas station and coffee shop with faux stained glass windows.  The restaurant grossed 900k a year mainly from Dolores burgers, Jumbo Jims (double burgers) and Su-Z-Q fries.  Under a local sign ordinance, Williams was forced to remove the pointed tower atop the building which had pink neon lights blinking "Dolores" until its 2am closing time.

Dolores Drive-In, Beverly Hills, circa 1980
Photo from Ellen Bloom blog spot


In 1970, Bob Stephens opened another Dolores Restaurant at 11407 Santa Monica Blvd., in Santa Monica. 

Photo from Martin Turnbull Hollywood Places, 1980

Dean Williams holding his petition, 1981

In Feb. of 1981, after 35 years of delicious service, Williams, the Beverly Hills Dolores owner for the past 10 years, lost a six-month eviction notice battle with the land owners, Don Levin and the Mardon Investment Company, who had owned the land since 1979.  They planned to build a three-story building in its place.  Williams obtained over 50,000 signatures on a petition to save the building, including those of Independent party presidential candidate, Rep. John Anderson, and many celebrities, including Sally Struthers, Ricardo Montalban, Shelly Winters and Chuck Barris  but was unable to have the Dolores preserved as a historic landmark because the site was “not of sufficient archeological or cultural significance,” according to the Beverly Hills Architectural Commission.  (Today, it would be recognized for its Googie architecture, a truly Southern California style.)  The architecture has been immortalized in such films as "Sunset Boulevard", "Mildred Pierce", and "The Big Fix."  In a scene from "The Big Fix" when Richard Dreyfuss is driving around in his Volkswagen he goes past the Dolores Drive-In at Le Doux Road and Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

See a 1981 NBC video of the Dolores Drive-In's last day of business.

The abandoned Dolores Drive-In on Wilshire, 1982
Photo from California Ruins & Historic Sites by Loretta Ayerhoff

When Dolores Drive-In Restaurant closed its doors in 1981, Williams promised to bring it back to life sometime in the future. He wanted to move the building to a site about a half mile away to the corner of Olympic Blvd. and La Peer Drive in south Beverly Hills.  Nostalgic patrons were thrilled at the news. Co-owner Izzy Freeman planned to open it in late Sep, 1987 with no more than seven cars permitted in the drive-in area at a time and waitresses wearing tennis shoes, not roller skates. Income from drive-in customers was needed to make up for seats that would be lost to a bakery inside. Dolores was to have 66 seats. The interior was to replicate the old Dolores Drive-In, even down to baking "the same old muffins and cakes--everything the way it was." 

Neighbors near the proposed site opposed it. They feared that the drive-in would generate traffic and parking problems and would attract boisterous teen-agers with blaring car stereos and that the parking lot would be used as a meeting place for drug dealers and addicts. Armed with 325 signatures from residents opposed to the drive-in, Concerned Residents of Southeast Beverly Hills, a neighborhood group, persuaded the Beverly Hills City Council in July 1987 to adopt a temporary ordinance that would make it difficult for businesses to get approval for drive-ins. Mayor Benjamin H. Stansbury Jr. said "We don't think the outdoor drive-in type activity is appropriate for the neighborhood, I don't think it is going to be allowed."  Apparently, it wasn't.

The last of the remaining Dolores Restaurants was the one opened in 1970 at 11407 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles.  In 2008, this Dolores Restaurant was put under new management, with new owner, Kourosh Izadpanahi, bringing "a new take to this classic diner."

This Dolores Restaurant closed in June of 2012.
Photo from LocalResearch.
See more photos of this Dolores, inside and outside.


Ralph Stephens celebrating his 90th birthday in Oklahoma City, with his daughter Dolores Boyle, and sons Robert and Vince.  1982 Photo from RetroMetro Oklahoma City

After living in California for around 9 years, Ralph and Amanda Stephens returned to Oklahoma City around 1955 and took personal charge of the Dolores in Oklahoma City again. A year later he sold the OK City Dolores Restaurant to a group of investors.  In January of1966 Amanda Stephens died. Ralph Stephens quickly remarried, and in 1968 he bought The Pub at 6418 N Western.  The Dolores investors closed the Dolores in Oklahoma City for good in 1974. After eight years of standing vacant, The Catering Co. announced plans to reopen the restaurant, but if it did reopen (there is no further record of the restaurant), the venture was short-lived. The building was razed a few years later.

More about Ralph Stephens

Amanda Ellen Ogle Stephens was born June 2, 1890 in Hannibal, Missouri and died at her home in Oklahoma City on Jan. 11, 1966.  She was survived by her husband, sons and daughter, and five brothers.

Ralph Augustus Stephens was born October 17, 1892 in Eaton, Ohio and died Nov. 18, 1983 in Santa Monica, California.  He was a son of Eaton, Ohio grocer Henry King Stephens and his wife Sarah J. Fraley Stephens; both were Illinois natives.  He had an older brother named Grover H. and older sister named Nellie.  Survivors included his daughter, Mrs. (Dolores Stephens) Boyle, and two sons, Vincent Stephens, Oklahoma City, and Robert Stephens of Santa Monica, California, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Photo from Find A Grave

Robert Emery "Bob" Stephens passed away on May 7, 2003. He was born in Chicago, IL on December 4, 1915 to Ralph and Amanda Stephens. He graduated from Georgia Military Academy and the University of Oklahoma School of Engineering.  He worked at his parent's Oklahoma City Dolores Restaurant during his early years. He married Lucille Utley of Pryor, OK in 1939. After serving as a Captain during World War II, he moved his family to Los Angeles, CA to run the Dolores restaurant in Beverly Hills. His wife, Lucille, passed away in 1987. He returned to Oklahoma City in 1989 to marry Mary Frances Baraglia and spent the last 13 years with her. Bob was survived by two daughters and sons-in-law; Ann and Des Wassell of Alexandria, VA, and Margie and John Chestnut of Vancouver, B.C; three grandsons, Steve Wassell of Charlottesville, VA, Chris Chestnut and his wife Nicole of Dallas, TX, and Robert Chestnut of Denton, TX; a brother, Vincent Stephens and his wife Donnelle of Oklahoma City, and a sister, Dolores Boyle of Oklahoma City.

Vincent Ralph Stephens passed away Sat. Nov 15, 2003. Vince was born in Oklahoma City on Jan. 24, 1917. He attended Classen High School, the Georgia Military Academy, and was an SAE at Oklahoma University where he was also a "Roughneck".  Vince served in the US Air Force during WWII as a flight instructor. Vince opened the Split "T" Charcoal Broiler in 1953 and operated it for 50 years.  He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a Shriner, and a Jester. He was also a member of Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club where he played golf, tennis, and gin rummy. Vince was survived by his wife Donelle, sister Dolores Boyle, a son Vincent Jr. and his wife Pattie, a stepdaughter Debbie Hazen, and a stepson Mark Roberts. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and 4 nieces.

Dolores Stephens Boyle passed away on Aug. 25, 2011, in Norman, OK after a brief illness.  She was born in Oklahoma City on Dec. 14, 1921, to Ralph and Amanda Stephens. She attended Classen High School, Fairmont College in Washington D.C. and the University of Oklahoma, where she pursued a degree in Home Economics.  Dolores said she could take no credit but for the name of the restaurant her parents founded and felt fortunate to have the establishment named for her. Several months after WWII ended, she married J. Philip Boyle, Jr. on Dec. 19, 1945. They were happily married for 52 years prior to his death in 1998. She enjoyed volunteering for many organizations, including the Junior League of Oklahoma City, St. George's Guild at St. Paul's Cathedral, All Souls Episcopal Church and the Museum Store at the Omniplex. Dolores has told friends and family repeatedly to let all know, "I had a very happy life."  Dolores was also preceded in death by her brothers, Bob and Vincent Stephens.



Oct. 20, 2014 - Richard Gonzmart of the Columbia Restaurant to Resurrect Goody Goody

Richard Gonzmart remembers going to the downtown Goody Goody as a kid with his grandfather for burgers, and picking up pies on the way to family parties. Born just a few blocks away, Gonzmart distinctly remembers the taste of those burgers, and the day the downtown Goody Goody restaurant closed nine years ago, he decided he wanted to revive it somehow. Now, he will.

"My earliest memories were the Columbia and Goody Goody. It was a big deal to go sit in your car and the lady would come up and take your order and you'd eat inside the car and listen to the radio," said Gonzmart, the Columbia Restaurant Group's fourth generation co-owner and president, who opened the acclaimed Ulele earlier this year.

After nine years of off-and-on negotiations, Gonzmart purchased rights to the Goody Goody name from Michael Wheeler of Tampa, who had owned it since 1981. The deal also includes the recipe to the restaurant's famous "secret sauce" and some furniture, including the distinctive Goody Goody sign. Gonzmart is still considering Tampa locations, but he plans to open in 2015. His aim is somewhere close to the second and longest-lasting Goody Goody, which was on Florida Avenue, opened in 1930 and demolished in 2006. He is considering a second location at the airport but acknowledges details are still sketchy.

"It's a throwback to yesteryear when everything was good and people were happy, and there weren't any cell phones and people not talking," Gonzmart says, adding jokingly, "I learned so much from watching Andy of Mayberry." Regardless of the initial location, former owner Wheeler is pleased with the outcome.  "When the property was sold back in 2005, we were terribly disappointed when the new owners wanted the business to vacate the premises immediately. But Richard Gonzmart's passion for reopening the Goody Goody and the detail he puts into all of his projects means that there will be new life for (it)."

Tribune photo by Jay Nolan


The first new incarnation of Goody Goody may not come until well into 2015, Gonzmart said, but it will have several especially local, or long-loved items: Burgers made with ground beef from the Strickland ranch, fresh-cut fries and house-made ice cream as well as house-made fresh pies – especially the famed butterscotch pie.

Fans of that original site should not expect a rebuilt location. Instead, Gonzmart intends on reviving the brand in new locations, in new forms — albeit with the original recipes, including the “secret sauce,” he said. As for what’s in that sauce, “it’s like the Colonel’s secret recipe, I’m not going to tell.” New sites won’t be drive-ins, or drive-thrus, Gonzmart said. Rather, they’ll be family-style sit-down restaurants. He’s now working with site selectors to find the right location to revive the brand.

The above story comes from these articles:

Oct. 20, 2014  Iconic Goody Goody Restaurant Returning to Tampa, Tampa Bay Times  

Oct. 20, 2014  Gonzmart to Resurrect Tampa's Historic Goody Goody Restaurant, Tampa Tribune


Jan 3, 2015     Gonzmart solicits public input on Goody Goody Location, Tampa Bay Business Journal, By Eric Snider

Richard Gonzmart and the Columbia Restaurant Group are using a novel technique to involve the public in resurrecting Goody Goody Burgers, the iconic restaurant founded in Tampa in 1925 and closed for nine years.

The company put a post on Facebook Saturday in the form of a contest soliciting suggestions for where to put the resuscitated brand, which Gonzmart said he plans to re-open this year.

"Where do you think the first Goody Goody should be?" the post asks. "The old Army Navy Store on Florida [Avenue]? The new Hyde Park Village? Howard Avenue in South Tampa? Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa?"

It's a rather unorthodox move, especially in the often-secretive world of restaurant operators, who generally opt to keep their location planning closely held. But it's another example of Gonzmart's instinctive approach, evidenced in his at times stubborn insistence that he could transform an old pumping station in Tampa Heights a destination restaurant. That turned out to be Ulele.

When Gonzmart acquired the brand rights to Goody Goody in October, he said he preferred locating the new restaurant downtown or in South Tampa.
But the Facebook post is not a vote. It continues: "Best/Most Interesting/Most Creative posts will receive an invite to join our Official Goody Goody Tasting Team. Send us your suggestions via comments to this post. Decisions of the judges are arbitrary, whimsical and final."

Gonzmart on Saturday revealed another project in the works: an Italian-Sicilian restaurant in Ybor City, tentatively named Casa Santo Stefano, the Tampa Tribune reported.

Mar. 5, 2015   Goody Goody names Marc Zudar operating partner - Tampa Bay Business Journal, by Eric Snider

Richard Gonzmart has turned to old friend and Tampa native Marc Zudar to run Goody Goody, the local hamburger restaurant Gonzmart resuscitated last year. Zudar's title will be operating partner.

"A lot of people, including me, remember the Goody Goody with fondness," Zudar said. "I look forward to helping restart this iconic brand and bringing it back to life."

Zudar and his wife Didi took over Zudar's Original Deli and Catering in 1980 and ran the Tampa institution until selling it in 2009. Following that, he was part of the ownership group that launched the World of Beer in South Tampa.


Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Business Journal


"Marc and I go way back," Gonzmart said. "I've known him since we played Little League baseball at Ed Wright Field on Davis Islands. And like many others, I used to love to eat at Zudar's. Marc has a reputation for great breakfasts, sandwiches, pies and overall quality as well as an attention to detail and customer service. He's the perfect choice to help me achieve this dream of reopening the Goody Goody for breakfast, lunch and dinner and recreating the famous Goody Goody hamburgers."

Gonzmart acquired the Goody Goody brand— which dates back to the 1920s in Tampa — in October from longtime owner Mike Wheeler. The restaurant, located on the fringes of downtown, closed in 2005, and Gonzmart has been crafting a strategy to bring a much-loved local brand into the 21st Century.
Gonzmart, Zudar and the rest of the team have yet to announce a location, but their plan is to have multiple units.


Mar. 6, 2015   Goody Goody operating partner predicts giant 'reunion party' - Tampa Bay Business Journal, by Eric Snider

Marc Zudar has been inundated with congratulatory texts, phone calls, emails and handshakes since being announced operating partner of Goody Goody on Thursday.

The decades-old Tampa burger brand, which Richard Gonzmart acquired last year and plans to reopen in 2015, causes nostalgic stirrings all over town.
And Zudar — a 1972 graduate of Plant High School who ran another Tampa institution, Zudar's Deli, for nearly 30 years — only adds to Goody Goody's hometown bona fides.

"I think when we open it's almost going to be the world's largest reunion party," Zudar said, sitting on a couch in Oxford Exchange.

And therein lies a presumed advantage as Goody Goody prepares to enter a crowded and growing restaurant category known as "better burger," which includes BurgerFi, Burger 21, Burger Monger, Culver's and others.

"Goody Goody is more than a hamburger," Zudar said. "It's a breakfast, lunch, dinner experience. We'll have the local tradition, the family aspect. I look at it more like we're bringing back a diner experience."

As it turns out, Gonzmart, a year older than his new hire, had his sights set on Zudar for several years. The two grew up on Davis Islands and were acquainted, played baseball against each other.

"When I started planning to buy Goody Goody 10 years ago, I had Marc in mind," Gonzmart said. "He has a great family and has been in the restaurant business for years. I liked the way he operated. He loves breakfast, like me. I figured, 'What better way to do it than partner up with him?'"

Columbia Restaurant Group Chief Operating Officer Curt Gaither test-sits one of the classic Goody Goody school-desk chairs, which we just recovered from storage. Curt says they're comfortable; he just hates having his picture taken. (And he's worried that he lost his homework.) Photo courtesy of Goody Goody Burgers on Facebook.

Zudar and his wife Didi worked alongside each other after taking over the family business, Zudar's Deli, in 1980. "It was a consistently successful restaurant," Marc said. The couple sold the concept in 2008. In early 2010, Marc opened a Mexican-themed restaurant/bar called Mateo's on Howard Avenue.
Then World of Beer came calling, hungry for space in SoHo. Zudar became a founding partner of the WoB at the Mateo's location — it opened in late 2010. The unit became immensely popular. That partnership group sold their store to WoB corporate in October 2013.

Zudar had no knowledge of Gonzmart's master plan to bring him on board. The two bumped into each other in October at Gonzmart's Ulele restaurant — just before he closed the Goody Goody deal.

That led to a round of discussions, a lag in discussions, further discussions and finally an agreement. Zudar started Feb. 27.  "I know that I deliver on the same things that drive Richard Gonzmart," Zudar said. "We're very much the same in our traditional values, staying true to the business, no shortcuts."
Goody Goody is close to finalizing a location (which the operators won't reveal) and has begun developing the concept, emphasizing tradition while understanding that in 2015 hewing to the old model will not work.

"When Richard and I were in discussions, he looked at me and said, 'Y'know Marc, if we do this together we're gonna have some fun."

Amid all the hubbub and hoozahs, Zudar texted Gonzmart on Thursday night, thanking his new boss/partner for the opportunity, and concluding, "Let's go have fun."


April 15, 2015   Goody Goody a go for Hyde Park Village - Tampa Bay Business Journal by Eric Snider

Hyde Park Village it is.  The location of Richard Gonzmart's first Goody Goody burger restaurant — highly anticipated in certain circles — was announced Wednesday. The reborn concept is going in at 1601 W. Swann Ave., on the corner of Swann and South Dakota Ave., on the same block as CineBistro.

Boston-based WS Development, which released the news, is developing Hyde Park Village. "I really believe in this group," Gonzmart said late Wednesday afternoon. "Hyde Park has had a lot of ups and downs and a lot of owners and we heard a lot of promises over the years. But the right people are in place now."

Gonzmart — the fourth-generation co-owner of the Columbia Restaurant and founder of Ulele — acquired the Goody Goody brand last October from long-time owner Mike Wheeler. Gonzmart at the time revealed plans to resuscitate and modernize the restaurant, and open a unit in 2015.
Goody Goody is an iconic Tampa brand that dates back to 1925. Its last location was a blocky buidling on Florida Avenue in downtown Tampa that closed in 2005 and was demolished the following year.

After protracted negotiations that Gonzmart admitted "frustrated" him, he signed a 10-year lease with WS Development, with two 10-year options. "I fully expect to be there all 30 years," he said, adding that his new burger place is also being positioned as a chain.
"Hyde Park Village needs Goody Goody and Goody Goody needs Hyde Park Village," Gonzmart effused. "I can't wait to get in there and start making great house-made food and new memories."

The location announcement comes on the heals of news that Goody Goody will be part of a market-style storefront in the new concessions program at Tampa International Airport. The burger concept joins two other Gonzmart brands, Ulele Bar and Cafe Con Leche, and others in Airside C.

As far as when we can expect the first Goody Goody redux (offering breakfast, lunch and dinner): Michael Kilgore, chief marketing officer for Columbia Restaurant Group, said in email, "This year is probably all we can commit to at this point."


April 16, 2015    Goody Goody Burgers on Facebook
Photo courtesy of Goody Goody Burgers on Facebook

It’s official: The iconic Goody Goody will live again in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village. The announcement was made by WS Development and Hyde Park Village. “We are honored that Richard Gonzmart would select Hyde Park Village for this beloved concept,” said Jeremy Sclar, president of WS Development. “Richard Gonzmart's integrity and devotion to the community together with the heritage of the Goody Goody brand are an unbeatable combination.”

Goody Goody will be at 1601 W. Swann Ave. at South Dakota Avenue on the same block as CinéBistro. It’s very close to the original restaurant location on Grand Central and also close to the longest-lasting location at Florida Avenue that most people remember. The Florida location closed 10 years ago. “I’m ecstatic to bring back this Tampa tradition,” said Richard Gonzmart. “We’ve lost too many of these iconic places over the years and I really did not want the name to just fade away into history. Goody Goody is one of those places that helped create Tampa’s identity. At the Columbia Restaurant, which marks its 110th anniversary this year – as does Hyde Park Village – we celebrate history, heritage, family and good food. That’s what this restaurant means to me. Our new partnership with WS Development and Hyde Park Village is perfect. WS is committed to Hyde Park Village and to Tampa, and we share their passion.” A date for the opening of the new Goody Goody will be announced later.

Goody Goody Opening Pushed to 2016, by Eric Sanders, Tampa Bay Business Journal, July 29, 2015

Front windows as they appeared on May 8, 2015
Photo courtesy of Goody Goody Burgers Facebook page


One of restaurateur Richard Gonzmart's mantras is "we won't open 'til we're ready." The fourth-generation owner of the Columbia Restaurant hewed to that approach in 2014 when he delayed the debut of Ulele several months. Goody Goody's storefront as it looked in May. Construction has not yet begun.

Now he faces a similar situation with Goody Goody, the much-loved burger brand founded in Tampa that he bought and resuscitated last year. Gonzmart set 2015 as his target to open the first new Goody Goody unit — but the pace of build-out in Hyde Park Village by landlord WS Development has cast doubt on that timetable.

"We want to stress that we don't see this as a problem," said Michael Kilgore, chief marketing officer for the Columbia Restaurant Group. "The project is taking its normal course. One of the good things about this being a family business is we don't have to adhere to artificial deadlines.

Outside of the pent-up public demand for Goody Goody burgers, no one is concerned." Gonzmart was traveling and unavailable for comment. Goody Goody's lease deal calls for WS to perform work on the building, then turn over the shell to CRG for interior construction. Kilgore's best guess is that delivery will occur in late October. WS has not yet begun work on the site. "We could very well see a 2016 open," Kilgore said. "We're looking at a new brand for us, and we're deep into concept development. There's no big concern. We have plenty of other things to do." Rhode Island-based Morris Nathanson is refining the Goody Goody design. The CRG team is testing menu items, and the Kilgore said the Official Goody Goody Tasting Team should be pressed into duty soon.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, RG invited contractors to visit the Hyde Park Village space where Goody Goody will be reborn and gave them a preview taste of the iconic Goody Goody burgers and butterscotch pie they'll be featuring when the restaurant opens in 2016.  Video and screenshot from Goody Goody Burgers on YouTube.

Stay informed on the latest news about the reopening of Goody Goody Burgers by visiting their Facebook page!

All of these restaurants shared a common thread.  Even today, former Goody-Goody and Dolores patrons in several cities share their memories of the good times there, the unique hamburger sauce, and the delicious homemade pies (in particular, Yvonne Freeman's butterscotch pie of Tampa's Goody Goody and the "Black Bottom" pie of Dolores Restaurant.)  According to Yvonne Freeman and Mike Wheeler(the last of the Goody Goody proprietors/owners in Tampa), the recipes have not been changed since the time they were passed to them by the Stayers, who got them from the Stephenses.

This Jan. 19, 1928 ad is proof that the Stephenses brought the "Come-Back" sauce to Tampa and was in use here before its use at Dolores' Restaurant in Oklahoma City.
See Goody Old Days at TampaPix

It's evident by this ad that the sauce recipe was brought to Tampa in 1925 by Ralph and Amanda Stephens, considering their restaurant business background.  Amanda's reputation as an excellent baker points to her as the likely source of the pie recipes.  Ultimately, the sauce originated as the "secret weapon" Come Back sauce recipe they obtained from a barbecue stand in Quincy, Illinois in the early 1920s before coming to Tampa.  Ralph Stephens' short-lived job with the Dallas "pig stand" before opening his Goody Goody in Hannibal in 1925 may also have played a role in developing the sauce recipe.  Amanda Stephens had a history of creating delicious salad dressings and sauces for Dolores and the Split-T, which could be an indication that she had a hand in creating the final recipe that would become the legendary Goody Goody hamburger sauce.






The Dec. 4, 1927 ad at right is evidence that Amanda Stephens was the originator of the famous pie recipes--"Have you ever tasted Mrs. Goody Goody's pies?"



It's likely that Stephens and Reid knew each other long before they came to Tampa, though they took different routes here.  Each spent their childhood and early adult years in Preble County, Ohio, in and near Eaton, Ohio where they lived with their parents.  Judging by William Reid's accounting background before his short time in Tampa (1926), and his restaurant endeavors after Tampa, it appears that he found something in Tampa that he thought would work in Dayton--and was convinced enough to change his livelihood. Taking into consideration Stephens' financial record before Tampa, Reid may have even been the "money man" behind the Tampa Goody Goody operation, helping Stephens get started by financing his operation, but this is only speculation.  Whether or not Stephens had an agreement with William Reid before Reid left for Dayton will probably forever remain a mystery.

Though William Reid was back in Dayton by 1927, it wasn't until 1939, four years after William Reid's death, that the Reid's lunchroom was advertised in city directories as "Goody Goody", owned by William's widow, Jessie Reid. Before that, it was listed only as a "lunch room" owned by William Reid. It will also probably forever remain to be known if the Reids used the same sauce and pie recipes from Tampa in Dayton, or "tweaked" them for their own use.  But there is no doubt they became a hit with the Dayton community, as evidenced by the long-lasting memories they produced.

At Tampa's Goody-Goody in the later years, it was simply known as "Secret Sauce".  With the Dolores Restaurant, it was known as "Come Back" or "Kum-Bac" sauce.  In California, it was known as the "Z-sauce" on the JJ (Jumbo Jim) burger.  In Tampa, the recipe for the sauce remained a closely-guarded secret through all its years of operation, true to the Stephens' original recipe, even up until the Goody Goody's closing day in Nov. 2005 (and even afterward with the franchising of the hamburger to the Pine Grove family restaurant, which received the key secret ingredients in pre-mixed batches from Goody Goody proprietary owner Mike Wheeler.)

Yvonne Freeman, 2005

Mike Wheeler, 2005

Image is for illustrative purposes only, the sauce is not for sale.

There are numerous postings on the Internet that claim they have the Goody-Goody secret sauce recipe.  Some recipes have been shared by relatives or friends of the Reid family, others are attempts to reproduce the sauce recipe from taste.  Only two people currently really know the composition of the original Stephens recipe, and the cooking instructions:  Mike Wheeler and Yvonne Freeman, and they’re not telling!  Like Coca-Cola and other businesses that depend on the secrecy of their recipes, the owners of Goody-Goody in Tampa have continued to maintain the secrecy of their proprietary recipes, on the possibility that the restaurant might at some point be reopened at a new location.  Any recipes found on the Internet, claiming to be the secret sauce recipe used at Tampa's Goody-Goody are dubious at best.

If you have Goody Goody or Dolores memorabilia you'd like to contribute for use here, or reputable information concerning their histories, see the TampaPix Story for contact info.


Dayton History Books Online

Dolores Restaurant at

RetroMetro Oklahoma City

Dolores photo collection at RetroMetro

Dolores last day Beverly Hills NBC video

Novel drive-in is still a Goody Goody by Leland Hawes, Tampa Tribune - June 28, 1992

Beverly Hills Expected to Maintain Roadblock to Dolores Aug 27, 1987, LA Times

Beverly Hills Dolores Drive-In owner Dean Williams loses eviction battle Feb 28, 1981

Death Knell Sounded for Famed Dolores Drive-In , Oct 2, 1980.  Sarasota Herald Tribune

Dolores Drive-In, Wilshire at Le Doux, Beverly Hills, 1959 color photo

Dolores Drive-In abandoned  1982 color photo from California Ruins & Historic Sites by Loretta Ayerhoff

Former Dolores in Hollywood becomes Jacks on the Strip

Dolores Hollywood site location history from WEHOville

Dolores Drive-In on Wilshire, Los Angeles, 1980 B&W photo in 35mm film strip.

Dolores 1949 menu from eBay

Union Faces Uprising on Restaurant Picketing, LA Times, Sept. 11, 1950

AFL Aide Flying Here to Quell Picketing Row, LA Times, Sept. 19, 1950

Ousted Officers Lose Court Suit Against Union, LA Times, Oct. 28, 1950

Ludwig "Ralph" Koch obituary

Dolores Restaurant and Bakery Facebook page.  Closed forever June 26, 2012.

Two Left on West Side - Drive-ins Join Buggy Whips, LA Times, Nov. 5, 1970

Round About - Indoor Experience for Outdoor Aficionados, Apr 19, 1972 LA Times

Saving Dolores from Bulldozer Nashua Telegraph - July 31, 1980

Business as usual at Dolores Drive-In - Ocala Star Banner, Sept 29, 1980

Martin Turnbull Hollywood Places 1980 color photo

Landmark Tampa Drive-In Restaurant Shuts Down - Miami Herald, May 10, 1984

Dear Old Hollywood

Edna M. Stayer death notice, The Pittsburgh Press, Dec. 7, 1918

Find A Grave, Ralph Augustus Stephens

Find a Grave Dolores Stephens Boyle

Find A Grave, Amanda Ellen (Ogle) Stephens

Find A Grave, William Bechtel Stayer

Find A Grave, Carl A. Stayer

Obituary of William E. Mote at

Obituary of Elizabeth Stayer Hendryson, SF Gate and ABO Journal

Obituary of Katharyn Coffman Bischoff

Obituary of Edward Thrasher Los Angeles Times May 7, 1989

NewsOK, Robert E. Stephens obituary and Vincent Ralph Stephens obituary

Reid vs. Valley Restaurants

St. Pete Times, Jan 4, 2008 Goody Goody: The uncommon condiment is back

Split-T faced final down in 2000, NewsOK Sept. 13, 2010

Split-T restaurant to be demolished, NewsOK - Nov. 21, 2001

The Food Dude: It's Time Again to Tailgate, OKNews, Aug 2012

Theta sauce bottles from Les Debris Facebook page

Lynne's Lens at Flickriver


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Behind the Scenes - Goody Goody Layout   |  Goody Goody Family Tree 

Scene from the movie "The Punisher" filmed in the Goody Goody

Tampapix home



Information about the parents of Ralph Stephens, William Reid and Jessie Weaver Reid are conclusions based on census records.

Ralph Stephens was born in Eaton, Ohio, and was in Eaton with his parents, Henry and Sarah Stephens on the 1900 census living in Preble County,  the Washington Township, in Eaton Town, Ohio.  Ralph was 7.  Henry was a grocer.  Ralph's birth month and year, Oct. 1892, are consistent with his known birth date of Oct. 17, 1892.

1900 census, Washington Township, Preble Co., Ohio

In 1900, William Reid's future wife, Jessie L. Weaver, was also living in Preble County, Washington Township, Eaton Town, Ohio, with her widowed father Lewis S. Weaver, and her sister, Gertie.  All three were living in the home of her brother, Lewis W. Weaver and his wife and kids.  Jessie was 10.  Lewis was a blacksmith.

1900 Census, Preble Co., Washington Township, Eaton, Ohio


In 1910, Lewis Weaver was living in his own home in Eaton, Ohio, with only his daughters Gertrude and Jessie L.

1910 Census, Preble Co., Eaton, Ohio


William Reid's 1900 census shows he was born April 1889 and lists his parents, brother and sister

1900 Census, Preble County, Jefferson Township, Ohio.  William's father was a farmer and had been married for 16 years.


William' Reid's 1910 census shows his family had moved just across the Ohio state line into Richmond Ward, Wayne Co., Indiana.  It shows that William's parents Adison and Jenna had been married for 26 years.


Eaton is about 10 miles from Jefferson Township in Preble County, Ohio.  Due to the proximity of the Stephens family to the Reid family in the 1890s to 1910s, it's likely that Ralph Stephens knew William Reid way before they partnered in Tampa at the Goody Goody in 1925.


The marriage of Jessie Reid to John H. Bischoff is based on the following:
John H. Bischoff was a lodger living in the home of widowed Jessie L. Reid on the 1940 census in Oakwood, Dayton, Ohio.

The 1940 census appears to have a line drawn through Jessie's marital status of "M".  William Reid died around 1935.


John Bischoff's 1940 city directory listing shows he lived at 305 Fauver, same address as Jesssie Reid, and he worked at Goody Goody.

Jessie is listed as Jessie L. Bischoff in Santa Monica, as the owner of Goody Goody on Wilshire, in 1952.

The obituary of Katharyn Coffman Bischoff says that in 1955, Katharyn married John Henry "Jack" Bischoff, a restaurateur who had recently moved from California to manage the new Explorers Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.