The Summit Inn held a car show on September 13 to celebrate the grand re-opening of the 62-year-old roadside diner in Oak Hills.
Back in March, a minivan crashed into the restaurant around 4 a.m., causing roughly $200,000 in damages, and destroying the kitchen.
Summit Inn owner C.A. Stevens was worried that customers might not return after being closed for so long, but had kept phone numbers of about 50 people who called during the down period to inquire about the restaurant’s status. So, he called them all back to say they were open again.
The Summit Inn has operated at the site since 1952, although its roots at Cajon Pass date to the 1920s. Celebrities who’ve eaten there include Elvis Presley, Pierce Brosnan, Clint Eastwood and Danny Thomas.
The diner also attracts people from all over the world, most of them finding it as they travel the Route 66 Mother Road. Stevens estimates that a majority of their patrons are from other countries, and he asks them all write something in a guestbook.
A post on the Summit Inn’s Facebook page says, “Thanks so much to all the wonderful people who brought their beautiful cars to the Summit Inn’s re-grand opening car show! Even though it was way too hot, a good time was had by all!”
The Summit Inn is located at 5970 Mariposa Road in Oak Hills, and can be reached by taking the Oak Hill Road exit off the 15 Freeway.