The restaurant first opened in 1952, the restaurant of Gertie Rice, a woman who loved horses, gambling and St. Patrick’s Day (probably in that order). She died in 1991 at the age of 83.
Her daughter Susan Rothwell now runs the restaurant. Rothwell tells spectacular stories about her mother – consider it the free a la carte narrative that comes with a meal at Gertie’s, a restaurant popular with its military neighbors. In the early days, Gertie’s was a burger stand, but later moved to its larger home in 1959, adding a bar to its offerings. The menu is full of American classics.
Ask any longtimer about Gertie’s and they’ll at least know the sign – it’s an iconic marker along I-5 at Exit 122.
Galloping Gertie’s Bar and Grill
Where: 15417 Union Ave. S.W., Lakewood; 253-584-4848