About Us

Our family history & the story of The Squeeze Inn

Thyri Bainter (family Matriarch & Founder)

   Thyri Bainter, talked her husband Olie into opening a short order cafe in the narrow passageway adjoining his barber shop. When Thyri opened the Squeeze Inn Café in 1932 it had one counter, 12 stools and was only 8 feet wide. After Olie, a volunteer fireman, died in his barber chair in 1938 after a fire run, Thyri could have moved back east to live with her relatives but she had a deep love for Zillah. Thyri's Icelandic tenacity ran deep. She had started the Squeeze Inn and she was going to see it through.  

In 1943 The Squeeze Inn expanded into the space it occupies now. Ted Bainter, son of Thyri and Olin, along with his wife Marge, took over the business in 1951. Together they transformed it into a family friendly Restaurant and Lounge known all around the Yakima Valley for their famous Prime Rib Dinner.   

Rod Bainter, the youngest son of Ted and Marge, started working at the Squeeze Inn as a teenager. He later took over the business with his wife Renee and ushered it into a new era known as the place to go for good friends and great food. Due to an economic downturn in 2006 they had to close. From 2008 to 2014 they had been operating as an Event Center and Catering business. As of January 2015 the Squeeze Inn has reopened to the public on a limited basis. Today Rod & Renee run the business with the help of their two daughters Beth and Laura. 

The Squeeze Inn is open Thursday-Saturday 4pm-9pm for Dinner.  

Special Events and Catering


Our restaurant is available for private events: showers, reunions, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We provide on or off-site catering. We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event. 

Homestyle Cooking


We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant.  Our Dinners are made with freshest ingredients and always from scratch.