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Doumar's Cones and Barbecue

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1934. Northeast corner of 20th St. and Monticello Ave.
  • Doumar's Cones and Barbecue
  • Doumar's Cones and Barbecue

As recognized by the Smithsonian Institution, the founder of this popular drive-in restaurant was also the inventor of the ice cream cone. Abe Doumar devised the familiar confection while selling souvenirs near a waffle vendor at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. This much remodeled Populuxe-Redux drive-in is the successor to the ice cream stand that Doumar opened at Ocean View Amusement Park after a successful stint at the 1907 Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition. In fair weather customers can still watch batter being formed into cones by a vintage machine in front of the restaurant. Curb service is available to customers who choose to remain in their cars.

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Author: 
Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Doumar's Cones and Barbecue", [Norfolk, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-NK83.

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Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 434-435.

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