In 1946 Tehachapi residents Jim and Teri Frerichs opened the area in town that held Mountain Crossing Restaurant, Mountain Lanes Bowling Alley, a liquor store (Mountain Village Liquor, which is the Shell gas station on West Tehachapi Boulevard and S. Mill Street) and the first Best Western in town (Mountain Inn).
The restaurant actually just started as a small food joint within the bowling alley but expanded rapidly into a full-fledged restaurant due to the alley's popularity in the 1950s and became Mountain Crossing Restaurant.
Yesterday, April 23, the demolition of Mountain Crossing Restaurant and Mountain Lanes Bowling Alley began. At 416 W. Tehachapi Blvd. Tehachapi, CA, this restaurant was a landmark in Tehachapi before its closure in 2011. It housed the scaled model train set for the Tehachapi Loop. Watching that model train run about on a miniature copy of Loop is the first memory I have of when I think of Tehachapi.
All that we know as of today is the City Council approved the site for redevelopment (better than an empty building) in early December 2011.
If anyone knows what happened to the Loop train model and/or what will be replacing the restaurant we would love to hear about it.
Deconstruction is going smoothly at the site. Most of the roofing was gone by the end of day one.