Cactus Ya Ya celebrates its silver anniversary

Cactus Ya Ya’s neon sign shines in east Vancouver on a recent Friday night. The restaurant replaced a Minit Mart 25 years ago in what was once Vancouver’s rural eastern frontier. “The first couple years were a little spooky,” said owner Jim Rettig. “There was nothing out here.” Elayna Yussen for The Columbian

Cactus Ya Ya’s neon sign shines in east Vancouver on a recent Friday night. The restaurant replaced a Minit Mart 25 years ago in what was once Vancouver’s rural eastern frontier. “The first couple years were a little spooky,” said owner Jim Rettig. “There was nothing out here.” Elayna Yussen for The Columbian

In April 1994, smoking was banned inside the Pentagon, Arsenio Hall announced the end of his late-night talk show, Howard Stern was nominated for governor of New York, and Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley shared their last days as husband and wife.

In short, it was awhile back.

Locally, with Clark County’s population hovering at about 260,000 residents, a former Minit Mart convenience store was transformed into a restaurant on Vancouver’s eastern frontier (Read more in The Columbian newspaper).