I can’t find much information online about this place, and the brief bit I did find seems to indicate that this roadside restaurant is closed permanently. If true, this is likely a direct result of the economy. For those who follow us regularly here at The Hollow, you already know of my love for textures, details and natural weathering. These themes appear often. This set of photographs was taken at the end of September 2013 on a day when the tourists had left, fall had just arrived, and everything on the island began to slow down to ready for the coming winter and holiday season. And, it would appear, J&D’s Take Out had served its last order of burgers and fries.
Some of the best food we’ve ever enjoyed has come from little road-side shacks just like this one. In 2011, we visited Shakie’s Burger Shack, a well-known culinary destination on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Our post “No Burgers Today” takes us out to Shakie’s where we get to see one last look of the place that I am told is now long gone.
A little bare-bones, perhaps, but I am pretty much willing to bet the entire (imaginary) farm that the burgers, fish and fries were pretty darned awesome. The tiny town of Sooke sits right on the ocean, and this almost always means easy availability of fresh, local ingredients. If you look closely at this perspective of the restaurant, we can see a 40′ container embedded right into the structure.
From this angle the container is much more obvious. It’s an interesting concept in building construction; highly functional I might assume. I love the touch of the homemade canopy over the secure doorway. You just can’t make up details and textures like this, my friends, they only happen in nature over time.
Abandoned, but is it forgotten? I love finds like this, there is so much raw artistic tension in this chair. Was it a high-chair intended to make parents lives easier when visiting for an order of fries and a shake? Or was it the chair that the owner would sit in during quiet spells? Or was it brought here after the restaurant closed? It’s story may remain a secret to us now, but it does speak to us trying to tell a story of it’s experiences.
As we turn to leave, I am drawn towards one last thing. A doorway that appears to have been cut, likely with a welding torch, right into the side of the big container. The hinges and lock appear to be of an industrial nature, creating a striking and dramatic scene against the backdrop of the worn and weathered structure.
What’s next for this building? Who knows, my friends, who knows. Spots like these become favorites to people over time, and I am willing to bet that during the summer months when the tourists and locals alike were exploring the west coast of the island it was hoppin’ busy. Today it is just a skeleton of what once was.
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