The genesis of Five 11 Main began a hundred years ago in the history of Ashton, Idaho. In the early 1900's, a new bank was built to serve a thriving farming and logging community. As well, the railroad passed through Ashton on its way to Yellowstone Park, enlarging Ashton's "dot on the map". The bank later relocated and the building became the local pharmacy and soda fountain known for decades as "City Drug". Over the years, many people have traveled through Ashton and stopped for the famous City Drug Huckleberry shake on their way to/from the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Henry's Fork of the Snake River, Mesa Falls, and other winter and summer destinations. Both locals and visitors made a stop at City Drug a part of their travel routine.
In the fall of 2008, after 90 years of service, the owners of City Drug turned off the fountain pumps and offered the building for sale due to the need to adapt to pharmacy business changes (Walmart 30 miles!). Responding to community and visitor dismay at the fountain closing, Jeff and Deanne Hamilton purchased the City Drug building. Envisioning the restoration of old, and creating a new Ashton highlight for locals and visitors alike, the building and fountain were updated and restored. On May 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm, the fountain located at 511 Main St. began flowing again. After 5 wonderful years of being open, the Hamilton’s decided that it was time to move back to California and put the building up for sale in the winter of 2014.
On April 30, 2015 it was sold to Billy and Katherine Stronks of Ashton, Idaho. Billy & Katherine put their own flare on the restaurant adding tortilla wraps, made from scratch soups, beer, wine, and opening 7 days a week to accommodate Ashton’s growing tourism, as well as Ashton’s first pizza delivery service. When the Stronks’ decided to pursue a different path, they sold the restaurant to Chad and Desiree Stegelmeier on May 2, 2019.
Chad and Desiree are both Ashton natives and decided to give something back to the community. After moving from Ashton in 2005 they were excited to once again become involved in the beautiful town of Ashton. They enjoy welcoming new faces to this wonderful place, and catching up with old friends.
The soda fountain was frequented by Desiree in elementary school as she walked home from school with her best friend every day. They loved buying “penny candies”, a fresh lime squeeze, and sometimes sharing an Oreo milkshake; fond memories were made at the soda fountain. Chad and Desiree are excited for many more opportunities for themselves as well as others to create wonderful memories at the historic soda fountain at Five 11 Main.
Five 11 main serves the tastiest fountain treats, stone oven baked pizza, homemade soups and delicious specialty sandwiches. The remodeled building exposes old original brick walls and the original bank safe (seating for 2!). It also features displays of Ashton's historical and current events as well as other area highlights. Five 11 Main provides meaningful employment for local residents.
Chad and Desiree, along with their three children, look forward to serving you as you enjoy the welcoming atmosphere the restaurant offers. They are excited about some of the additions and alterations to the menu, including “Logy’s Hoagie” (created by Logan, their 12 yr. old son), Addi’s Aloha (their daughter Addison’s specialty soda, created to remind her of the shave ice she loved in Kauai) and the “Chubby Chuckler Chicken Coop” (wonder where this name came from? It’s a wonderful story, come in and read all about it). And, if you want to add a little something special to your order of cheese sticks, as about their oldest son, Porter’s recipe! Along with delicious food and yummy ice cream, enjoy seeing pictures and reading some of the history of this quaint little town. The entire experience will be a real “treat” where you, too, can start making memories at the soda fountain that will become a tradition for years to come. We can’t wait to meet you!
Take the Main St./Mesa Falls turn east off of Hi. 20, drive 3 blocks and make Five 11 Main a highlight of your day or trip.