In 1938 Mill Valley residents wanting to celebrate a birthday or wedding anniversary by going out to dinner had few nearby restaurants to choose from: three on Throckmorton: Esposti’s; Log Cabin Café; and The Sequoia. But there was also a new possibility. In July 1937, Henry Brummer and Rudolph Bush had submitted plans for an $18,000 restaurant and
Nightclub to be erected at Manzanita the train stop near the Richardson Bay bridge. The German born proprietors had several years experience in San Francisco at their German restaurant, Bierquelle. The Marin County Board of Supervisors granted them a permit and construction began immediately. The new restaurant, called the Buckeye Inn, opened in November 1938 with this announcement: “Quality foods, imported and domestic wines and liquors. Imported Pilsner beer on draught. Special Family Dinner every Wednesday evening…only 75 cents. Bring the whole family to enjoy a truly fine meal in the most pleasant surroundings—at the Buckeye! Make your reservations early. Phone Sausalito 45. Luncheon 50 cents and up, Dinner 85 cents and up. We cater to parties and banquets. Open until 2 a.m.” Today, the restaurant is called The Buckeye Roadhouse.