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Remembering the historic Paso Robles Foster’s Freeze 

Foster's Freeze closes

The historic Foster’s Freeze at 2524 Spring Street in Paso Robles closed earlier this year. It had has been in business in Paso Robles since 1952. They served made to order hamburgers, chicken and a wide variety of other entrees along with their famous soft-serve milkshakes and ice cream.

The interior space is now a cleaned-out shell. The property is listed for sale at $495,000. It has 1,232 square-feet of space on a half-acre at the north end of town.

Robyn (Taylor) Naylor sent in old newspaper clippings from the Paso Robles Journal dated May 22, 1952. Naylor’s parents were Hobart and Ruth Taylor who opened the Foster’s Freeze.

From the Paso Robles Journal:

“Owners and managers of the new Foster’s “Old Fashion” Freeze store at 2524 Spring Street are Hobart and Ruth Taylor, both well-known here. Taylor was raised in Templeton and Mrs. Taylor lived here during the last war when she did secretarial work at Camp Roberts. After operating a successful business in Southern California for the past six years they sold out there recently to come to Paso Robles to establish their home and new business.

“This handsome new Foster’s “Old Fashion” Freeze store in Paso Robles is the latest edition to the famous chain and makes its two hundred and eleventh store in the State of California. Foster’s reputation is well-known for the highest in quality and fine flavor. Foster’s uses in its malts, shakes and sundaes only frozen fresh fruits – not artificial flavorings. Try our specialties – The famous Orange Float and Orange Freeze.”

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33 Responses to Remembering the historic Paso Robles Foster’s Freeze

  1. Sherri

    Aww… so sad to see it go 60 years is a an amazing accomplishment for any business! We have been coming here for ice cream for over 20 years!

  2. Leslie

    Very sad to see it close down. Awful when A&W closed. Now Fosters.
    What we really need here, would bring in a ton of revenue, is-In & Out Burgers.

  3. Brett King

    It closed because very few people went there and it was losing money. I went there every month or so and saw this coming as I rarely ever saw any other customers. I was there about 3 weeks ago wondering when this day would come. It’s sad!

  4. Barry Trosper

    Scott, even though I’ve allowed cookies, etc., on Explorer I still get this ‘Subscribe Today’ pop-up without an X-OFF.

    I am almost totally onto Firefox without problems, and generally read your ‘Daily News’ on Facebook.

    I think you are deceiving yourself about the efficiency of this pop-up.

  5. Cathy Hall

    I’m so sad to hear of Foster’s closing. Many, many is the day I think about Foster’s Freeze and am so grateful for the work habits I learned there in my very first employment from 1956-1960. Mr Thatch was an excellent teacher. I wish kids working at McDonalds, etc., today had someone giving them the skills he instilled in me.

  6. Wendy Luna

    It would be great if who ever buys it restores it to how it was back in the 60s with the seating up above. Hopefully it didn’t get torn down like A+W did. So sad!!

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