Tom Miller brought this photo of the Trachte building at 2085 Atwood Avenue to our February 2010 meeting, along with information about its various occupants from 1937 through 2002. His interest in the building stems from its time as the “Flash Restaurant.”
Among his family papers is a legal document titled “Article of Partnership between Homer K.Hanson and Paul D. Boyd.”
THIS AGREEMENT made this 1st day of July, 1939, between Homer K. Hanson and Paul D. Boyd, WITNESSETH:
The parties hereto hereby form a general partnershp for the purpose of operating a restaurant, sandwich shop, and hamburger stand at 2085 Atwood Avenue, in the City of Madison, County of Dane, Stae of Wisconsin, under the firm name and style of THE FLASH.
Tom’s research includes the facts that in 1945 the Madison telephone book lists the Flash (phone # Fairchild 1096).
An ad for the restaurant appeared in the May 30, 1945 East High Tower Times newspaper.
Tom writes, “We believe the Trachte building now at 2027 Atwood Avenue (see photo) is the same building used by the Flash.” He included a history of buildings at this address:
- 1950-1960 Vic’s Cafe
- 1961 Boelsings Cafe
- 1962 At Last A Lunchroom
- 1963-1965 Andy’s Cafe
- 196-1968 Badger Cafe
- 1969-1971 Nothing shown at this address
- 1973-1977 Don and Harold’s Barber Shop
- 1977-2002 His Barber Shop
Perhaps one of the more interesting facets of a Trachte building is that it can easily be moved. We think this may be the same structure that sheltered Gracie’s Cafe at 2035 Atwood Avenue.
Today, look for this building at 2085 Atwood, next door to Texas Tubbs’s Taco Palace.
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