The Mt. View Cafe was part of the Ford building in Eatonville. Rosemarie Van Cleve says that George Van Cleve Sr. (Pappy) built the building intending this portion of the building to a showroom, but then couldn’t get new cars to showcase. His answer? Turn the spot into a cafe until he could get the cars.
The cafe was light and airy and out the back window there was a view of Mount Rainier. During that period. Babes Cafe (Tall Timbers) was pretty much the only other restaurant. Pappy often managed the cafe and was known for rolling the dice for coffee.
The top floor of the building held four apartments. The Van Cleve family lived in one and rented the other three out.