End of an era
May 16, 1962 Top story of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Owners Say They Will Rebuild Dublin Corral"
A pledge to "start construction within three months on a new, modern restaurant to replace the Dublin Corral" was sounded this week by a spokesman for the owners of the famed dining spot. Burned to the ground in a spectacular predawn fire Sunday, May 13, the Corral was the latest victim in a series of unexplained conflagrations that over the years have all but destroyed the image of Dublin. The last enterprise to bear the name of "Dublin," the Corral had a particularly strong attachment to most Dublinites, and was in fact the "community center" where most social, business and even governmental transactions were carried out.
Its loss would have struck a hard blow at the future of Dublin ... once the only center of commerce for the township, but that in recent years has seen fire and the shift of population emphasis remove two hotels, a post office and grocery store and close its 110-year-old church.
Contacted by the Times, Robert O. Wright, a Hayward attorney and spokesman for the three owners, said flatly, "We will rebuild ... it will be a fine modern restaurant"
If they keep that promise, a history of almost two centuries of service will be kept intact for a site that has been the crossroads of California travel since the earliest stagecoach days.
But that history was quickly and almost tragically interrupted shortly after 3 a.m. when fire of undetermined origin started in the kitchen and raced quickly through the rambling ranch-style structure.
Fanned by strong winds, the "whole thing went up in a gigantic explosion" in the words of George Lydiksen who resides across the street and who turned in the first alarm. So explosive was the fire that Premo Guarine, a chef sleeping in the rear of the building, was able only to stagger from the structure just in time. He is hospitalized with second and third degree burns.
Investigation into the cause of the fire is being carried out by a team under the direction of Pleasanton Fire Chief John Frudden. It was the third major restaurant lost to the South County in three years: the Crow Canyon Chateau and the International Kitchen at Niles were similarly destroyed in explosive fires.
Way Back Then
Real Estate: Murphy Realty, Pleasanton. Nice older two-bedroom home on a quiet street. Hardwood floors, fireplace, enclosed glass shower, dish washer, electric stove and refrigerator. Lot size 53 x 200. $14,500.
At the Movies: Vine Theater, Livermore. "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning," also playing, "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules."
Trivia question: Name the most popular and influential musical group in history, which split up in 1970.
Answer to last week's question: The 1962 year-end close for the Dow Jones industrial average was 652.
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