Pizza Sign on 432 N. Park Avenue, 1988
OF JEFF SHERLOCK
Pizza opened in 1962, in the old Rinda Auto Garage at 428
N. Park Ave. This building at 432 and the structures at 428
have been demolished.
was originally a partnership Blair Morrison (1932-1999) and
Leonard Morrison. The franchise holder was Keith Erb.
"After about a year, Leonard assumed ownership and management.
Leonard and Darlene Morrison managed and worked at the restaurant
for several years, and even added "The Pub" in October
of 1963, which was right next door! The Pub was a very popular
beer bar and served Helena's famous sandwich, the Pub Special.
Finally, the pizza house and pub were eventually sold and
in February of 1968, Leonard went to work for the Rainier
also a local radio and television personality, was handicapped
by a stroke before he reached the age of 35, but he still
led an active and productive life in Helena for many years.
through available newspaper archives shows that pizza didn't
come to Helena restaurants until 1952, when it was offered at
the Placer Hotel. In 1957, the Hey Bob cafe in the Hustad Center
touted their pizza in print. In 1958, an "A & H Pizza
House" announced that they would open at 6 S. Main, in
the old Corr Cafe building, but it appears that they never did..
Nelson of Helena writes:
Howard's Pizza was established in 1962, and is still around
on the west side and a little shop on the east side.
1962, 432 N. Park was home to the Rinda Auto Garage, family
operated by brothers Theo and Venzile Rinda. Their father
Ben started it in 1912 at 426 N. Park. Ben Rinda was a jack
of all trades, whom older generations I have talked to still
think the building itself dated from the 1880's.
Recent Photo of Howard's Original Location
TO SCOTT NELSON
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