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2003/09/17 11:19:05 (permalink)

Anyone remember Red Barn?

I lived in Cleveland Heights, OH as a little kid and remember visiting a Red Barn restaurant there. This would be the late 70's. Anyone remember a Red Barn there or have any idea what happened to this chain?
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 11:46:22 (permalink)
    Funny that you should mention that. Red Barn came up in a recent thread on long lost regional chains (which you can find by going to the Message Boards and checking under Miscellaneous.) We didn't revolve much in terms of its fate, but a few memories were shared -- the primary one being that it looked like a red barn. Quite a scintillating discussion...

    We had a Red Barn where I grew up. I don't remember much about it, other than thinking it was a cut above McD's and BK.



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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 11:57:00 (permalink)
    There was a Red Barn in Elgin, Illinois during the late '60s-early 70s. I grew up thinking that it was solely a fried chicken place, because that's all my mom ever bought for us there. After it went out of business, somebody bought the building and kind of added on to it and turned it into a "family restaurant".
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 13:00:36 (permalink)
    I grew up with a Red Barn in Boulder, CO. They had a hamburger called the Barn Buster -- it seems kind of like it was an alternative Big Mac kind of burger. As a kid, seemed as big as a hubcap, too.

    I miss them.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 13:21:13 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Pwingsx

    I grew up with a Red Barn in Boulder, CO. They had a hamburger called the Barn Buster -- it seems kind of like it was an alternative Big Mac kind of burger. As a kid, seemed as big as a hubcap, too.

    I miss them.
    Although I didn't "grow" up with the R B in Boulder, I spent mucho dinero there at the one on Pearl (?) right down from the Liquor Mart. This was in 1969-72. They used to have a promotion giving out large coke glasses if you ate a Barn Buster. I think I still have 2 or 3.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 13:21:45 (permalink)
    I grew up in Council Bluffs, IA, which is across the Missouri River from Omaha. There was a Red Barn across the street from my high school when I was in grade school. It closed in the early 80s. I remember going their once and having my first Onion Rings. That's funny, hadn't thought about that in years.

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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 13:38:44 (permalink)
    I am origanlly from Kenosha, WI. My sister worked ther in the summer of 1977! They also had great fish sandwhiches, and chicken. She used to bring the leftover chicken home after she got off work. We used to wait up for her!!
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 14:16:28 (permalink)
    Oneiron, that's the RB I'm talking about. I graduated from Boulder High in 1977, and we had an open campus, so we wandered down there for lunch, and also when we'd cut classes. We missed out on having the Pearl Street Mall by a few years. No regrets though, I still don't go down there if I can help it. Traffic in Boulder is RIDICULOUS.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 14:57:52 (permalink)
    Pwing, my roommate at CU and I at the time used to go to the liquor mart, load up for the weekend, stop at RB and take everything back to 1310 Folsom St and commiserate. Since we were from the East, we were probably homesick. I used to tend bar at the Viking on 28th, and he at the Flagstaff Inn. We ate some real good french dips at the Roman Arches, ticoritos at Ticos, and outstanding prime rib at the Red Lion up the canyon. Good memories.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 15:29:04 (permalink)
    We had them all over the SF Bay Area in the 70s. Huge, sloppy burgers the size of frisbees with lots of mayo, if I recall correctly. Today, only the buildings remain. The El Cerrito location was a coffee shop when I was in high school and the Berkeley one was Middle Eastern or Indian or something. In San Jose, we've got one that's still serving burgers under the name "Burger Barn" and one that's a decent greasy Chinese joint.
    It's always interesting to see what they make out of architecturally original restaurants. We've got a lot of Chinese food coming out of what were once obviously Taco Bells around here. As I mentioned in another thread, we've got a former Der Weinerschnitzel that sells truck bed liners or some such accessory. The latest abomination is a former Dennys/Carrows restaurant that is becoming a Star Cellular outlet with a Starbucks attached (!!!??). Ugh!
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 16:51:02 (permalink)
    When I was in school in Minneapolis, there was a Red Barn on Lake Street. I liked the burgers, and if I remember correctly they also had fried chicken that was pretty good. I also remember a Red Barn on the main drag in Corning, New York.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 19:06:31 (permalink)
    There used to be a Red Barn a block away from my high school in Milwaukee. It was quite a hang out. We were still talking about it fondly at our 30th reunion last summer.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 22:04:33 (permalink)
    Wow, yes, I remember Red Barn near downtown Cleveland in the mid 70s. I always had chicken from there. I was never turned on by the farmer-barn motif, but it was an interesting gimmick. Pass the red bandanna!
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/17 22:18:45 (permalink)
    There was a Red Barn up the hill and across the road from my high school, too -- but this was in State College, Pennsylvania. We used to sneak out of school sometimes for a burger instead of school lunch. They were pretty good, as I recall -- but in those days I probably liked McDonald's too; Red Barn was just more accessible. So many of us remember them being near our high schools -- I wonder if that was done deliberately, as a marketing strategy?
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/18 00:11:39 (permalink)
    I used to go to that Red Barn on Atherton in State College when I went to Penn State in '74-'78. I miss the burgers from there.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/19 11:03:32 (permalink)
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    I also remember a Red Barn on the main drag in Corning, New York.

    It is still there painted blue and the home of Pudgies Pizza.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/19 17:30:27 (permalink)
    The Red Barn in Cortland, New York was converted to a Jreck (dreck) Sub shop....pity.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/19 20:01:56 (permalink)
    Let's see, I think that their advertising jingle used to go something like this: "...When hunger hits....hit the Red Barn...."

    Unitl the late 70's there was a Red Barn on Williston Road in South Burlington, VT. Can't really remember ever eating there though.

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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/19 20:07:14 (permalink)
    There was a Red Barn near my High School in Michigan - it closed probably about 1981. I remember the burgers (Barnbuster??) and the fried chicken - that's what made them different in that era - they had both.

    It also brings back memories of the little pies actually being FRIED rather than BAKED. I think that even McD's used to do that in those days.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/22 11:22:08 (permalink)
    Red Barn.... WOW. That was my first job at age 16. WHEN THE HUNGER HITS, WHEN THE HUNGER HITS.... HEAD FOR RED BARN. We had the Barn Buster (Big Mac) and the Big Barney (like Whopper), and fried chicken. Worked at the one on 90th & Penn Ave. S. in Bloomington MN. They were all over Minneapolis.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/22 12:06:30 (permalink)
    Hello:

    There was one also located in Rochester, New York. Food was quite good. Eventually closed and replacae by a restaurant called Ricky G's. Didn't last too long. Eventually buidling was torn down and a new McDonalds was built on this site.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/09/22 13:20:44 (permalink)
    I used to frequent a Red Barn on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota during my time at Macalester College from 1972-1976. In what was undoubtedly a more trusting time, they took personal checks. This was fortunate for me, since I often found myself hungry and without cash late at night, after my bank had closed (this was, of course, well before ATMs).
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/10/03 11:26:03 (permalink)
    I remember a Red Barn in Stadium Village near the Minneapolis campus of the U. of Minn. in the early 70's. They wanted to build anothe one on the other end of the campus, an area known as Dinkytown. There was a vacant lot in Dinkytown which had been "remodeled" into a sort of park or peacenick garden. Red Barn bought the lot with intent to build the restaurant. There was an outcry by self-righteous, campus loudmouths who organized a boycot of the other Red Barn. That boycot eventually drove that one out of business.

    The whole thing proves how much power consumers have. I came to this sight today because I have always wondered if that event drove the whole chain out of business.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/10/07 20:50:32 (permalink)
    I actually worked in a Red Barn on Hampton Road in St. Louis for a couple of years in high school. They had the "Big Barney (like a Big Mac) and the Barnbuster (like a quarter pounder or whopper) hamburgers. You could also get chicken...usually a "Barnfull" was the family size order.

    I was online trying to find a picture of a Red Barn Restaurant for a project I'm doing for some Special Ed kids at my school when I stumbled across these posts.

    I remember my assistant manager sneaking out the back to smoke a joint on his break. The store's manager was a real pervert...always coming on the the high school girls. He was ancient (probably in his 40's), but to us that was OLD!
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/10/07 20:53:20 (permalink)
    Oops....sorry for the typo...."He was always coming ON to the high school girls..." He wasn't that much of a pervert! " />
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/10/07 21:23:10 (permalink)
    Dearfolk,
    I remember a non-chain Red Barn Restaurant on U. S. 41/441 (on the west side of the junction) about three miles south of Lake City, Florida. It was operated by Leo & Hazel Law. The place closed circa 1963. It was a roadfood landmark for my folks and me for several years: we never had anything there that wasn't top-notch. I still remember their motto as "More and better food - costs no more." Sigh.
    Nostalgically, Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia, Which Misses Tony's Restaurant, Which Had The Best Cup Of Coffee In Athens. Resigh.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/10/07 22:31:05 (permalink)
    Hey oneiron339, what were the Roman Arches? Sounds vaguely familiar, but all I can recall is Roman Village.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/11/19 17:02:33 (permalink)
    I worked at a Red Barn in Troy, NY (at the corner of Hoosick and 17th) in 1981. It was just around the block from my house, and when we were little my mom would send us four kids down there with a five dollar bill and we could all eat dinner.

    The jingle wasn't "When the hunger hits..." it was "When the HUNGRIES hit..." because their mascots were three animated characters, the "Hamburger Hungry" (who looked kinda like Ernie from Sesame Street because he was a guy whose head was a giant burger), the "Chicken Hungry" who was shaped like a chicken drumstick, and the "Fish Hungry" who was shaped like a blue fish.

    The thing I remember most was that it was probably the first chain to experiment with the "Fixin's bar." My best friend and I used to have lunch there every day during the summer of 1978 (we were 13) and when you ordered a burger it came plain, and you could add your own ketchup, lettuce, whatever, from a bar. I remember how much I hated cleaning that thing.

    I also remember that every chicken was cut into 9 parts "two legs, two thighs, two wings, two breasts, and a 'keel'" which was the best part because it was a lump of white meat about the size of your fist with only one small flat bone about the size of your little finger running along one side.

    It closed sometime after 1983, and the building is now a Popeye's Fried Chicken store.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/11/19 23:43:06 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Linguist

    The jingle wasn't "When the hunger hits..." it was "When the HUNGRIES hit..." because their mascots were three animated characters, the "Hamburger Hungry" (who looked kinda like Ernie from Sesame Street because he was a guy whose head was a giant burger), the "Chicken Hungry" who was shaped like a chicken drumstick, and the "Fish Hungry" who was shaped like a blue fish.


    " /> Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, that sure brings the memories flooding back. We used to love to eat there! Unfortunately, the one near my house was torn down back around 1975 to make room for a Walgreens parking lot, which is still there today. Definitely not an improvement.
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    RE: Anyone remember Red Barn? 2003/11/19 23:44:23 (permalink)
    This thread is driving me nuts. I think I had my last Barn Buster shortly after high school graduation (in '77 in Boulder), and when I remember that hamburger, my mouth just waters. There is NOTHING like what those used to taste like.

    Of course, back then, Big Macs and Quarter Pounders tasted significantly different, and they were wunderbar as well.

    Fast Food has deteriorated SERIOUSLY since the late seventies. I truly believe that.
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