The Claycord Online Museum – The Old Nation’s on Contra Costa Blvd.

August 2, 2021 19:00 pm · 26 comments



Thanks to “Martinez Guy” for these great photos, which show the old Nation’s on Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill.

It was located next to a lot with a small burrito place (also pictured). Across the street was a Grand Auto store. This stood on Contra Costa Blvd. near where Crescent Plaza is currently located.

Anybody remember what it was before it was Nation’s?

Thanks again to “Martinez Guy”!

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Shoulda Coulda August 2, 2021 at 7:23 PM

Before it was Nation’s it was a burger place called
Winston’s. The lot and the burrito place next to it
used to be a small used car business. Behind the
burrito place was The Bug Stop VW auto repair.
The street next to it was called Trelaney. Behind
Grand Auto there was a miniature golf course that
later became a hot tub rental business.

Exit 12A August 2, 2021 at 7:53 PM

“Mexican burritos” converse to what? Peruvian burritos?
How times have changed… unfortunately not for the better in many regards.
Our society is devolving into divisive factions, in sum, hinder us from becoming a truly United States again.

Shoulda Coulda August 2, 2021 at 11:07 PM

Exit 12A—

Mexican Burritos Restaurant was the name
of the place. The Mexican owners chose the
name which helped advertise their product.
Back in that time burritos weren’t as commonplace
as they are today. It was a great place to eat.

Tom August 3, 2021 at 10:01 AM

Still is a great place… Mexican Burritos is on Monument by the bowling alley. Anyone remember the RC car track? The Fish store was relocated by the old Good Guys, which are both gone now.

IKrissy August 2, 2021 at 8:18 PM

Sambo’s …oops, no, that’s now a Denny’s

Cautiously Informed August 2, 2021 at 9:21 PM

That was a great Nations restaurant. We used to go there Friday/Saturday nights late 70s early 80s for chili-burgers and shakes, after a long night of partying. Their was a grill chef there named Bill, and we called him the Burger-Meister. He was an awesome grill chef. Good times.

Anonymous August 3, 2021 at 4:36 PM

I was there in that time frame as well. Nothing like a greasy burger after a night of clubbing.

Cautiously Informed August 2, 2021 at 9:24 PM

There was a tiny Italian to-go place right by Nations. ‘Papa’ something. Great authentic food.

Gator August 2, 2021 at 9:53 PM

We moved just before they demoed old downtown. There was a bike shop on the corner of monument and CC Blvd, There was also some fish store close by. A bowling alley, and a bunch of auto repair and body shops…

Noj August 2, 2021 at 11:20 PM

Where Bed Bath and Beyond is now located, on the corner of Gregory Lane and Contra Costa Boulevard, was “Irish”Terry Lee’s Shell station. Ralph Svoboda was the station’s manager. Kids from Pleasant Hill High School were always working there. Across Gregory Lane was the old Pancake House. Gas was 29¢. Burgers were five for a buck. The Pleasant Hill Motor Movies were across the street. Seems like yesterday the Rascals were on the radio. Cops would swat you on the butt and send you home. Good times. Now, not so much.

Shoulda Coulda August 3, 2021 at 10:05 AM


Was that the same Terry Lee who was the famous local boxer.

Noj August 3, 2021 at 12:30 PM

Yes it was Shoulda,
Terry Lee sparred with Muhammad Ali before the Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasha, Zaire in October 1974. One of Terry’s fights was in the gym at Mt Diablo High in April, 1969 against Joe Hopkins.. Maybe some of our elder Claycordians were there.

Shoulda Coulda August 3, 2021 at 1:06 PM

Thanks Noj-

I use to watch Terry fight on Friday Night Boxing
when I was a kid. Do you recall the boxer named
Ray “Windmill” Wright. His arms were so long that
he could reach behind his back and hit you while
in a clinch. Didn’t Terry have a famous brother?

Shoulda Coulda August 3, 2021 at 9:32 PM


I’m pretty sure Terry Lee sparred with George
Foreman while training for the Rumble in The
Jungle fight. George was training at the Alameda
County Fairgrounds.

Noj August 3, 2021 at 11:09 PM

Hi Shoulda,

Terry did spar with George Foreman in Oakland. Foreman’s crew took Terry Lee to Zaire and it was in Zaire that Terry sparred with Ali. Found this gem on the web (KGO 06-09-2016):

CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) — A local boxer from Concord who went by the name of “Irish Terry Lee” talked about sparring with global icon Muhammad Ali.

One of Ali’s most famous fights came in Zaire in 1974, The Rumble in the Jungle. Lee said he sparred with Ali days before that fight.

Foreman needed to spar against someone fast and elusive like Ali, so they took Lee with them to the Rumble in the Jungle in the African Country of Zaire, which is now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Even though he worked for foreman, his heart was in the other camp. “The first time with Muhammad Ali was when I went to the gym over there and asked them if I could spar and he said ‘yes, you’re fast for a white boy,”‘ Lee said.

Lee said sparring with the legend taught him a lot. “He was very intelligent and very fast in the ring and he could take a punch. If you can’t take a punch when you’re a heavyweight, you better give it up,” he said.

He said in or out of the ring, there was only one Ali. “He was just the greatest,” Lee said.

Shoulda Coulda August 4, 2021 at 9:53 AM

Thanks Noj. Very interesting story.
I can always learn something new on Claycord!

Dana Estates August 3, 2021 at 8:27 AM

That Burrito Place was the BEST!!!! As Teenagers on Friday Nights, that’s where we always went! Miss that place.

unclebrad August 3, 2021 at 8:55 AM

We frequented it. And, if I remember correctly, there was an ice cream shop maybe two doors over, called Gaylords that had the best ice cream ever.

HappyPappy August 3, 2021 at 8:55 AM

Great breakfast ad great prices.

jose August 3, 2021 at 9:19 AM

Area is starting to look like the ‘Monument Corridor’.

Local Native August 3, 2021 at 9:57 AM

My mother had worked at the original nations!! and always loved visiting the old ‘Bug Stop’ with my dad for parts for his beetle!! The good ol’ days!

Noj August 3, 2021 at 12:38 PM

My daughter owned a ’74 Super Beetle and took it to the Bug stop for repairs (not many). The Bug Stop had a contract to restore a bunch of old VW’s for Pepesi, who at the time was using them in a commercial. VW’s were easy to work on, but sometimes, things get complicated… 🙂 Went to school with the Poipo family who lived on Trelaney. The old town sure has changed.

Shoulda Coulda August 3, 2021 at 1:19 PM


Did you know the Scott family on Trelaney? They had
sons Sam & Dennis. Did the Poipo family have a son
named Eddie? I use to spend time in that area. Enjoyed
the miniature golf course. Speaking of the Rascals, did
you know they (or The Lovin’ Spoonful) played a concert
from the roof of the Whitefront Store for its grand opening.

The Masked Poster August 3, 2021 at 3:47 PM

There was a large cheese store, somewhere near the present Jack’s restaurant, housed in a large Quonset Hut type of building, pale green if memory serves. Back then, cheese wasn’t the popular thing it is today, but it was interesting to browse.

Anonymous August 3, 2021 at 4:44 PM

I thought the cheese place was at the southeast corner of Cleaveland Road and what is now Crescent Plaza (It used to be called Monument Place?) There was also a rental place, U-Haul, Monument Car Parts, bowling alley, etc.

Shoulda Coulda August 3, 2021 at 5:55 PM


You are correct. I believe it was called
Old World Cheese. Farmer Joe’s Produce
was across the street and just a little north
on Cleaveland Rd.

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