DeFores Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant
When you get hungry during your visit to Yesterland, head over
to the Silver Banjo Barbecue for some delicious barbecued spareribs.
Youd rather eat fish?
Then enjoy some fish and chips with barbecue sauceor tartar sauce if you prefer.
Its not a coincidence that the proprietor of this establishment reminds you of Thorny,
the Nelsons affable neighbor on TVs The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Its Don DeFore, star of television, movies, and Broadway.
The Silver Banjo Barbecue is located right next door to the Aunt Jemima Pancake
House where you might see another celebrityfriendly Aunt Jemima.
Manager Verne DeFore and
proprietor Don DeFore invite you to come on in.
In Disneyland, Don DeFores Silver Banjo Barbecue opened in 1957, taking over
the space that had previously been the original home of
Casa de Fritos.
The Silver Banjo Barbecue closed in 1961 to allow expansion of the neighboring
Aunt Jemima Pancake House.
With subsequent name changes and remodeling, the restaurant became Aunt Jemimas
Kitchen, the Magnolia Tree Terrace, and now the River Belle Terrace.
Don DeFore is best known to baby boomers and rerun fans as “Thorny” Thornberry
on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett and as George “Mr. B” Baxter on Hazel,
for which he received an Emmy nomination.
His distinguished acting career includes over 90 movies including The
Stork Club (1945) with Betty Hutton; Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
with Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, and Robert Walker; and My Friend
Irma (1949) with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
“New Orleans Street” on the postcard below referred to an area of Frontierland (near Adventureland) with wrought iron balconies in the style of New Orleans, not to New
Orleans Square which opened in 1966.
Don DeFore (1913-1993)
Silver Banjo Barbecue postcard from 1957
© 2007 Werner Weiss — Disclaimers, Copyright, and Trademarks
Updated May 16, 2007.
All photographs of Don DeFores Silver Banjo Restaurant are
courtesy of Ron DeFore, son of Don DeFore, from the DeFore family collection.
Disneyland Silver Banjo Barbecue postcard, Copyright 1957 Walt Disney Productions, from the DeFore family collection.
The caption in the upper right corner of this page is a parody of the caption of Silver Banjo postcard.