VERY distincttive restaurant building styles

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2006/06/01 19:12:38 (permalink)

VERY distincttive restaurant building styles

A posting on this site regarding Howard Johnson's stores has caused me to think. What other places built stores that even many years after they went away were instantly known as whatever as they were before.

HoJo's w/ their orange tile roof, Chi Chi's w/ their weird faux Mexican design, Stuckey's destinctive building and what else???

The early Taco Bell's, a certain steak house I can't remember the name of (exposed wood roof beams and high ceilings) and Hardee's places built during their growth period (now over) come to mind. Burger King's are now on the decline but they seem to be so specific in their design that when they are closed they get torn down.
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    BT
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/01 20:23:11 (permalink)
    The Little Tavern:



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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/01 20:49:24 (permalink)
    The old Burger Chefs..
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/01 20:52:00 (permalink)
    I've written in other threads about the "Chicken in the Rough" chain. Many, although not all, of their buildings were built to look like their carry-out boxes, including a giant handle mounted on the roof!

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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/01 20:55:38 (permalink)

    The Original Kentucky Fried Chicken Stands had a unique 'Circus Tent' type of shape.

    I was surprised ,on our recent trip thru the Mid and Mountain West, at how many Stuckeys buildings are still in use along I-70 and some of the U S highways in Colorado and Utah. We did see a few that were still wearing the Stuckey's Label...usually teamed with a Dairy Queen.
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/01 21:04:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


    The Original Kentucky Fried Chicken Stands had a unique 'Circus Tent' type of shape.

    I was surprised ,on our recent trip thru the Mid and Mountain West, at how many Stuckeys buildings are still in use along I-70 and some of the U S highways in Colorado and Utah. We did see a few that were still wearing the Stuckey's Label...usually teamed with a Dairy Queen.


    In Key Largo, and Islamorada, FL, there are 2 Stuckeys buildings..
    One is a furniture store, and the other is a clothing store.
    Funny, as soon as you said Stuckeys, I pictured the furniture store.
    There is a car dealership here in town that used to be some type of restaurant, I cant remember the name, nor the website it is on, but it is still being used as the body shop office for this Chevy Dealership.
    Where is my help when I need it for that website?
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/01 22:03:15 (permalink)
    Back when Wienerschnitzel still had its "Der," they were all in big red A-frame buildings bisected by the drive-through lane. There was one across the street from my high school that had been converted into a used-car lot.
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/01 22:46:26 (permalink)


    They used to have the best fast food burgers in Texas.
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/01 23:32:51 (permalink)
    In German, hut means hat, so my German relatives thought the design of the pizza hut restaurants...



    was intended to look like a hat.

    I thought that was funny!
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/01 23:38:31 (permalink)
    Bob: whadaya mean USED to? There's still nothing like a Whataburger! To this day, the best fast food burger on earth, and ALWAYS my first stop whenever I fly back home.
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/01 23:45:14 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

    Bob: whadaya mean USED to? There's still nothing like a Whataburger! To this day, the best fast food burger on earth, and ALWAYS my first stop whenever I fly back home.


    When I do make it back to Texas BBQ ribs and links are on top of my list followed by CFS. Maybe we'll hit a WhataBurger this summer.
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/01 23:51:28 (permalink)
    The links are important, but I never bother to eat Texas barbecue until I'm in the Hill Country, and we usually fly into DFW, so I've gotta have something to tide me over for the drive. It's still a ways from DFW to West, so I can't even have my first kolaches for a couple hours!

    As for CFS, I make the best I've ever had in my own kitchen, so that's never a problem. Especially since I discovered that Hannaford's supermarkets carry the all-important Texas toast.
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/02 03:41:34 (permalink)
    IHOP
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/02 10:05:41 (permalink)
    Rustler steakhouses had a rustic barnboard Western ranch motif going on outside. When they started building next to the airport in my hometown in R.I. people at first thought it was a bunch of packing crates. Don't remember if the interior was exposed beams and high ceilings, but it would fit.

    I mentioned on another thread that there was a short-lived Johnny Unitas' Quarterback Club in my town. It had half of a football stuck on the roof, kind of like a dome. That was distinctive.
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/02 16:08:26 (permalink)
    First National Banks in Denver. Ugly brown blocks and one about every 10 blocks. Hideous example of architecture. A bane to the eye.

    Sea Galley restaurants I believe had their own distinctive style. I don't think they're even around anymore.

    Safeways and King Soopers (Kroger's) always looked alike as well. As did JC Penney's and Monkey Ward store. (At least their facades matched.) Don't places like Kohl's and Foley's all look alike too?
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/04 04:27:54 (permalink)
    The Googie style of restaurant architecture. My two favorite Googie places were the Wichstand on Slauson and Ships Coffee Shop on La Cienega, both in L.A. The Wichstand building lives on, albeit as a hunter green painted health food store.


    http://www.spaceagecity.com/googie/
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/04 09:18:01 (permalink)
    Surprised no one has mentioned White Castle Restaurants yet.
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/04 10:28:05 (permalink)
    enginecapt,

    I had no idea this quirky style of architecture had it's own name. How fun! I now consider myself to be a smarter, better informed individual, thanks to you! Good stuff, thanks again.

    Buddy
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/04 13:27:58 (permalink)
    There are at least three former A & W stands that are now Asian restaurants in various Portland neighborhoods.
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/04 20:21:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by mr chips

    There are at least three former A & W stands that are now Asian restaurants in various Portland neighborhoods.


    We have one that is now a bait shop. Still has the covered area for the drive in. I always want to go in and flash my headlights to see what happens...but never have.
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/05 01:48:02 (permalink)
    That's Googie alright.

    Did much of the Googie stuff make it back east?
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/05 07:22:15 (permalink)
    The Brown Derby was a famous restaurant in Hollywood. I think the Cobb salad was invented there. I was a customer in 1979.

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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/05 10:00:20 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by enginecapt

    That's Googie alright.

    Did much of the Googie stuff make it back east?


    Seems like the volume was higher out your way, but we have a few around here as well. I know of one spaceship styled place that I believe started as a hot-dog restaurant, but has changed many times since. There are also a lot of building that fit into the less dramatic styles shown in the site you posted...especially the professional buildings.
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    RE: VERY distincttive restaurant building styles 2006/06/05 11:53:52 (permalink)
    The old highways in New England used to be dotted with milk bottle shaped ice cream stands, from the earliest days of automobiles. I think Hood operated several, but there wasn't one chain.

    Funny thing was, when they moved one near the Children's Museum in Boston, a lot of kids were terrified. They'd never seen a milk bottle, but they had seen pictures of Three Mile Island.
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