The History of Back Street

Generations have built today's Back Street

1967

Back Street Restaurant Begins!

Mac & Barbara McClusky purchase “Nelson Street Market” and renovate it into the Backstreet Restaurant.

1967

1968 to 2000

SANDWICHES MADE US FAMOUS

The Backstreet rapidly became known for making the best pastrami and corned beef sandwiches on the West Coast.

1968 to 2000

1968 to 2000

THE FAME GROWS

Backstreet adds sides and the potato salad become known by many as “the best they have ever had.”

1968 to 2000

1968 to 2000

OH THE DESSERTS!

The banana creme pie becomes world famous and Backstreet becomes known for its other freshly baked desserts.

1968 to 2000

1968 to 2000

THE AWARDS PILE UP

Back Street is voted “Best Lunch Place,” “Best Outdoor Dining,” “Best Kept Secret, Best Power Lunch,” and “Best Garden Lunch Place.”

1968 to 2000

2000

RETIREMENT

Mac & Barb were ready to retire and sold Backstreet to their daughter Kitty and her husband Keith Holloway.

2000

2000-2021

A SECOND GENERATION

Kitty & Keith continued to cook and slice all the meats daily, as Mac & Barb had, but they also added new items that quickly became favorites of Backstreet’s loyal customers. 

2000-2021

2000-2021

Menu additions

Kitty and Keith added a tuna sandwich to the menu and two new salads which quickly became popular menu items. 

2000-2021

2022

A THIRD GENERATION

In 2021 Kitty and Keith were ready to retire themselves and fortunately Alan Reinhardt was a perfect fit. Alan is a long time Riverside resident, a frequent Backstreet customer and also a 3rd generation Riverside business owner. 

2022

2022

The Reinhardt Touch

Alan and his team have added new dessert items, more business hours, special events in the evening and even online ordering functionality from the backstreet website for both take-out and delivery. The building and garden have been refreshed and renewed to the delight of longtime Back Street guests. 

2022