Hazel Dell's Steakburger set to close

Credit: Wayne Havrelly, from Twitter @HavrellyKGW

Linda McCormick-Sander remembers the restaurant her grandfather built.


by Wayne Havrelly, KGW Staff


Posted on March 29, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 2 at 2:50 PM

VANCOUVER -- The iconic burger joint with its own miniature golf course threw a big family reunion Saturday. 

Dozens of relatives gathered to share childhood stories and memories from the landmark restaurant built in 1957, when Highway 99 in Hazel Dell was the main highway between Portland and Seattle.

Linda McCormick-Sander's grandfather ran the Steakburger from 1957 to 1962. 

"He never took money from a cop or a priest," said McCormick-Sanders. 

As a young child she remembered Interstate 5 being built right behind the restaurant.

"We use to run up the hill in the back and ask construction workers if they'd like a burger, fries and ice cream and they would all give us money," McCormick-Sanders said. "I guess in a way Steakburger helped build I-5."

It's current owners recently sold the restaurant.  It will be closing forever on May 29 to make way for a new retail center.