In 1966 "Jim Dahlen" re-opened the drive-in with partner
Ted Beckley using the now famous name "Big Jim's Drive-
In". Later in 1968 Ted Beckley bought out his partner Jim's
share of the business and ran the business very successfully
until 1988 when he built the new building. The old Big
Jim’s Drive-In was demolished completely; it sat in what
now is the parking lot
After building the new restaurant, Ted and Lynda Beckley
spent 8 more years in their new restaurant. The Beckley's
are retired & still live here in The Dalles.
In April 1997 Rex and Beth Tegen purchased Big Jim's
Drive-In. The Tegen's have lived in The Dalles since 1976
moving here from Yakima, Washington. Rex worked for
Pepsi-Cola for 23 years and Beth a dental assistant for
many years. Beth continues as a dental assistant & bookeeping
for our restaurant. We enjoy our three children
Kyle, Devin, and Breeann.
Our valuable employees and our commitment to our customers
and community is going to continue what has been
a local landmark for over 50 years with "Hamburgers made
with Love" for our customers and friends.
~ Rex and Beth Tegen