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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 (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • Doumar's Cones and Barbecue (Jason R. Waicunas)

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.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Doumar's Cones and Barbecue", [Norfolk, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

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

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