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2007/05/19 08:19:54 (permalink)

Howdy Beefburgers

Hi to all hamburger lovers and historians.... Does anyone remember the chain of burger joints called "HOWDY BEEFBURGERS" ? They were in New England in the 50's and 60's .. An exact [or so they thought] copy of McDonalds... Menu, pricing, equipement layout, etc... Even had a large yellow lit sign out front... But it was more of an upside down arch...
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I'm always looking to buy rare obsolite china from burger joints... I pay well too...
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/06/02 17:35:42 (permalink)
    I remember them...there was one in Warwick across from Zayre. I still have the frisbee that I got there opening weekend. On it it says "Howdy! Beef n' Burgers". It lasted about 6 months and then a (terrible) seafood restaurant opened up in its place. It must have been 1978 or 1979.
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/06/02 18:26:36 (permalink)
    I remember them! We used to go to the one in downtown New Bedford. In fact, I don't recall there even being a McDonald's around us at all in those days. When I was very young, "going out to eat" invariably meant Howdy's. I seem to even recall a radio add for them that used the "It's Howdy Doody time" song.

    I can remember reading their menu when I first learned how to read. Hamburgers, fries and sodas were 20 cents each. Other than cheeseburgers and maybe shakes, I don't think the menu had anything more on it. Those were the days before "Happy meals" or chicken sandwiches or salads or anything else.

    Oh, memories. I don't remember this, but my father told me that when I came out of the anaesthesia after I had my tonsils out, I asked for a hamburger from Howdy's.

    What kind of china are you looking for? Didn't these places only use paper wrappers? Or are you talking about some type of giveaways?
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/06/07 11:01:07 (permalink)
    Hi...
    Thanks for answering my Howdy inquire.. I am looking for any old RARE mugs, plates and cups with old hamburger joint logos on them...
    You are correct... All Howdy used was paper [ they were like Mc Donalds wrappers ]... I have one dish that reads "Blue Bell 5 cent Hamburger System"... Another reads "5 cent Snappy Servece System".. These are very rare and I seek them agressivly....

    Boathook...
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/06/08 16:38:33 (permalink)
    Howdy's was Dunkin Donuts attempt at fast food. They were actually quite excellent for a basic burger & fries, but had no special menu items of any renown (except perhaps they did serve DD coffee).
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/06/15 13:44:20 (permalink)
    hi
    my husband worked at howdy beef burger in NH in the 1960's while in high school. we are cleaning out our keepsakes and found his old white shirt with a howdy patch on the sleeve. he remembers it to be his howdy beef burger uniform. i was going to put it on ebay, then i found your posting. any interest?
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/04 12:37:06 (permalink)
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    hi
    my husband worked at howdy beef burger in NH in the 1960's while in high school. we are cleaning out our keepsakes and found his old white shirt with a howdy patch on the sleeve. he remembers it to be his howdy beef burger uniform. i was going to put it on ebay, then i found your posting. any interest?
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/04 12:39:26 (permalink)
    Hi, my dad spent his life savings at the age of 23 to open that Howdy Beef Burgers in Nashua, NH. I wouold be particularly interested in theold white shirt with the patch. My mother just died and this would be a great surprise for my 70 year old father. Please respond

    jay

    quote:
    Originally posted by justme123

    hi
    my husband worked at howdy beef burger in NH in the 1960's while in high school. we are cleaning out our keepsakes and found his old white shirt with a howdy patch on the sleeve. he remembers it to be his howdy beef burger uniform. i was going to put it on ebay, then i found your posting. any interest?
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/14 08:27:45 (permalink)
    there used to be a HOWDY on rt 135 in Framingham ( MA ) , and another out on Rt 9 if memory serves, but in the pre gas crisis muscle car days you had to park on the east side of the rt135 shop to be "cool".

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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/24 13:52:00 (permalink)
    I used to go to Howdy's in Portland Maine. Still trying to figure out the nearest equivalent to the sauce on the Big B. Was it simply Thousand Island? Blew away the Big Mac.
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/24 13:57:35 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by grynch

    there used to be a HOWDY on rt 135 in Framingham ( MA ) , and another out on Rt 9 if memory serves, but in the pre gas crisis muscle car days you had to park on the east side of the rt135 shop to be "cool".





    Does anyone know if any of the old Howdy buildings are still standing and in use for other things? I am always interested in the architecture of older chain restaurants.

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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/27 02:53:47 (permalink)
    I dont know of any that are still standing... I think the one on rt. 135, Framingham is nothing but a parking lot now, and the one on rt. 9 is a D'Angelo's
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/09/13 14:04:42 (permalink)
    i worked at howdys brockton,ma-west roxbury,ma-quincy,ma-worchester,ma. the BIG B was the sandwich thousand island was the sauce.early 70s some stores added roast beef sandwiches and fried chicken with steak fries.in 1968 i was the santa claus for the dunkin donut office party. used maxwell house coffee i beleive

    this was fun to run into this site
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/09/26 19:49:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by boathook1

    Hi to all hamburger lovers and historians.... Does anyone remember the chain of burger joints called "HOWDY BEEFBURGERS" ? They were in New England in the 50's and 60's .. An exact [or so they thought] copy of McDonalds... Menu, pricing, equipement layout, etc... Even had a large yellow lit sign out front... But it was more of an upside down arch...
    P.S.
    I'm always looking to buy rare obsolite china from burger joints... I pay well too...
    Boathook1
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/09/26 19:54:14 (permalink)
    Hi, I am looking for a picture of Howdies, started by the dunkin donuts folks. When I was first married I had a heart attck and we ate Howdy's hambugers because they were ten for a dollar. Hamburger helper and Howdy's were all we could do in those days, mid 70's. I can see the place in my eye's but would give anything for a picture anyone out there please help me as I am nearing 60 and who know's? Tom in RI ps my hoedy's was in warwick RI
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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/10/19 14:14:39 (permalink)
    as far as i know the howdys in quincy ma is a GINOs
    taunton mass was a liquor store last i knew
    there is a picture of brockton mass opening day at bill rosenberg at the univ of new hampshire also still standing a sub shop i think
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/24 22:14:01 (permalink)
    The building in Haverhill, Mass where the Howdy's was is still standing.
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/24 22:32:31 (permalink)
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/24 22:37:02 (permalink)
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/24 22:41:21 (permalink)
    Howdy was their mascot?
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/24 22:42:53 (permalink)

    Sawdust burgers...makes perfect sense!


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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/25 01:18:21 (permalink)
    tomcol

    When I was first married I had a heart attck and we ate Howdy's hambugers because they were ten for a dollar.

    So they were a good cure for your heart troubles  then !!!

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    RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2010/02/08 14:09:50 (permalink)
    I remember when I lived in Haverhill, Mass. they would go on sale 12 for a Dollar.
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/02/08 14:15:06 (permalink)
    NYPIzzaNut

    Sawdust burgers...makes perfect sense!


    I dont see any reference to Sawdust in this thread except for your comment

    How exactly is sawdust relevant to this thread?
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/02/08 20:15:49 (permalink)
    Well, I can see two references:
    1. If the mascot was Howdy Doody, puppets are often filled with sawdust.
    2. Some old timers in New York used to refer to Food Fillers such as the soya protein added to hamburger or rusk added to sausage as "sawdust."
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/02/08 23:04:44 (permalink)
    ...but DNYC.....none of that is referred to in the thread......
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/02/09 09:38:26 (permalink)
    TJ Jackson

    ...but DNYC.....none of that is referred to in the thread......

     
    Howdy Doody. 
     
    He was supposedly made of wood, which could be another sawdust connection (besides the filling).
    I didn't know Howdy's was connected with Dunkin' Donuts, but now that I think about it, almost every Howdy's I knew of had a Dunks right next door.  Makes sense.
    post edited by jvsmom - 2010/02/09 09:43:28
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/07/07 16:35:13 (permalink)
    I used to work at the Howdy Beefburger in Lowell, MA, during the summer of 1966. I started on fries and eventually worked at the window. Think I earned $1.35 per hour. I was attending Lowell Tech and lived at home in Chelmsford.
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/10/24 07:56:17 (permalink)
    granite state packing out of new hampshre was the beefburger vendor fresh 3 days a week. beefburger and hamburger are different beefburger a little less fat
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    Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2011/01/24 21:44:22 (permalink)
    The old Howdy Burger place on Rt 9 Framingham still stands and looks pretty much the same.  It was Howdy's, then D'Angelos and was and still may be a Brazilian Bar B Q place.  Tghe one on rte 135 was a D'Angelos for many years and the building was changed.  It may be gone now.
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