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North Woods San Gabriel Celebrates 50 Years


Clearman’s snow-packed roof has been a local San Gabriel landmark for five decades. - Courtesy photo
Clearman’s snow-packed roof has been a local San Gabriel landmark for five decades. – Courtesy photo


All month long, from Aug. 1 to 31, North Woods is celebrating the milestone of being 50 years old.

Founder John Clearman would be pleased to know so many generations have enjoyed what he hoped would be a unique environment for friends and family to relax in and make memories.

More memories are sure to be made this month as Clearman’s San Gabriel is giving away six $50 gift certificates during the month. There is also an opportunity drawing for a magnum bottle of their signature wine. “This will be a fun celebration,” says Manager Richard Selvik. “We have developed our own special label wine for diners to enjoy at a “birthday price” and we are offering cocktail specials, including a signature drink called ‘The Woods,’ which will be a great treat for our customers.”

Just one of the things that make North Woods Inn special is that diners are welcome to toss peanut shells on the floor, something never permitted at home. Well, this month, diners will also receive a bag of peanuts to take home.

The formula for such success over these 50 years has included the woodsy atmosphere of a snow-topped hunting lodge. The interior carries that mood through with stacked log walls, mountain scenes in the leaded glass windows, antique chandeliers, and old-time oil paintings.

But, there’s nothing stuffy about Clearman’s. This is casual family dining.

Long-established restaurants must deliver maximum value and North Woods’ menu assures families of plenty of choices to satisfy all tastes and ages. From ample appetizers to endless salad and decadent cheese bread, every family has their favorite reason for returning. The lunch and dinner menu is full of top quality steaks, lots of seafood choices (like lobster tail and jumbo shrimp), roasted chicken, and so much more. Lunch sandwiches come with huge sides, making office lunches an event.

Speaking of events, as they celebrate their own anniversary, patrons are reminded that birthdays and all celebrations of any size are welcome.

Clearman’s North Woods Inn is open from 11:30 a.m. daily and is located just south of Huntington Drive at 7247 Rosemead Blvd. in San Gabriel. For more information, visit or call (626) 286-3579.

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