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pizzastoner
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Wetson's - Sat, 05/1/04 4:05 PM
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Another long gone chain, Wetson's. Anyone? It's so vague in my memory,I almost think I dreamt it.It was like Mickey D's, Only not as good.The one in my hometown, Stamford Ct. was closed after several food poisoning incidents. The location became a Nathan's, then a local hot dog stand, a bank, now Donut Delight the local Dunkin Donut nemesis.

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RE: Wetson's - Sat, 05/1/04 4:30 PM
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Welcome pizzastoner!

Wetson's with the Big W. I do recall that they did not peel their fries and that they were quite tasty, but that takes me back some 30+ years. At least you still have the Colony for pizza.

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RE: Wetson's - Sat, 05/1/04 6:01 PM
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I had a friend that worked for them in New York. The owner was very generous. He raised a lot of money for Muscular Dystrophy. McD ate them alive. The food was very salty and not much different form McDonalds

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RE: Wetson's - Sun, 05/2/04 9:52 AM
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I remember as a kid growing up in Levittown, LI--Wetson's opened up on Hemptead Turnpike sometime around 1961, I think--it was the first, followed by a McD a few months later. Their burgers were 15 cents--I think cheeseburgers were 17 cents. My mother drove us over there, and the crowd was enormous. We didn't stick around, but went back a few weeks later. I remember that the burger was the tiniest thing I'd ever seen in a bun--I think the pickle slice was bigger. Didn't look anything like the photos.

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 05/3/04 9:12 AM
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Wetsons was my first introduction to fast food burgers and fries. In the early 1960's friends would pile into one of our cars and head to Wetsons on Morris Ave in Union. We we order numerous burgers, cheeseburgers and fries. I remember thinking it was the best thing since White Castle.

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RE: Wetson's - Thu, 05/27/04 2:02 PM
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Perhaps my memory deceives me but none of today's major burger chains have burgers or fries that tasted as great as Wetsons. A while ago a Nathan's Vice President had informed me that Nathans ownded the Wetsons name and was toying with the idea of bringing back Wetson's burgers at their own location. Anyone know any more about this? Is there a reasonable facsimile out there? Nobody made shoestring fries skin-on like they did!

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 06/4/04 3:50 PM
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I remember the Wetson's on Hempstead Tpk. on Long Island. Nothing special. Salty. Experience left no special longing to see a return of this mediocrity.

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RE: Wetson's - Sun, 06/6/04 11:22 PM
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Originally posted by Ballpark Roadtripper

The one on Old Country Road in Hicksville became Titus Oaks Record store and retained the great Wetson's architecture. By the way, it was an awesome record store. You could buy pot from the hottie behind the counter!


I remember all of the things you describe...except the last part!!

We used to go there quite a bit as a kid until one day when my Dad unwrapped his burger and it had a bite out of it.

No more Wetsons...bummer!

Tony

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 07/12/04 4:13 PM
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I remember at least 2 Wetson's on Staten Island...one on Hylan Boulevard and BURGER Ave.The other was on Forest Ave. They were opened sometime in the mid 60's and were also my first introduction to fast food.

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 07/12/04 7:55 PM
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anybody remember the one in Bridgeport CT on the corner of Boston Ave and Pembroke St ?

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RE: Wetson's - Wed, 07/21/04 3:59 PM
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There used to be a Wetson's in Stratford Connecticut on Main St. just north of Barnum Ave. across the street fro the A&P plaza. I used to go there in 1969 and 1970, I had a friend who used to live across the street from me who was a few years older than me (13) and he used to put a double cheeseburger in the foil and charge me only for a single!
Yes the price was 15 and 17 cents and I think they cost less than McDonalds which was part of the attraction. They went out of busines soon after and the location was vacant for a long time, then became a hair Salon, later an Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips restauraunt for a while. Now I think it is a real estate office or something. I don.t know as I have moved to florida. -Matthew

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RE: Wetson's - Wed, 07/21/04 5:09 PM
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I grew up in Union,NJ(many moons ago) and I vagually remember the Wetson's. But HOWARD8,why not just head out to 5 points and go to the white castle or the Galloping Hill Inn? Wetsons was ok though,as these things go, nice people served you as well

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RE: Wetson's - Thu, 07/22/04 3:00 PM
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phala -

there's a 3 story medical building on Main St in Stratford where Wetson's used to be. The parcel that was next door to it was razed as well.

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 07/26/04 8:30 AM
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Originally posted by pizzastoner

t was like Mickey D's, Only not as good.



true....but remember, in those days McDonald's was a lot better (tallow fries etc). So Wetson's then was pretty good...much better than McD's is today.


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RE: Wetson's - Thu, 07/29/04 1:54 AM
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anybody remember the one in Bridgeport CT on the corner of Boston Ave and Pembroke St ?


I remember it. I think I preferred it over McDonalds just because it was a little bit different. In the mid-seventies it became a Taco Ranch, (I remember this because I'd just come back on leave from the service in California and it was the first taco place I'd ever seen in this area. Their food was pretty good and the combo deals were unbeatable. They had a Pina Colada soda that I always ordered.

It didn't last long. Last I remember, (I could be mistaken), the next property owner started building a diner that kept starting and stopping. I don't know if it was ever finished.

What's there now?

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RE: Wetson's - Thu, 07/29/04 8:21 PM
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I remember the Taco Ranch and the pina colada drink very well as I grew up around the block.

I don't go back to the old neighborhood often, but the property has been all fenced in for years, and there's no sign telling you what's going on in the building.

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RE: Wetson's - Thu, 07/29/04 10:40 PM
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I don't know Wetson's...but I'll give my undying gratitude to ANYONE out there who remembers Lester Burger of California... they had a dorky looking crew cut, glasses wearing kid (kind of like a nerdy Bob's Big Boy) as their mascot.

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RE: Wetson's - Sat, 07/31/04 4:33 PM
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Wetson's was big on Long Island in the early 70's. I was a little tyke, but I distinctly remember that my family would drive PAST McDonalds to get some Wetson's. The one on Old Country Road in Hicksville became Titus Oaks Record store and retained the great Wetson's architecture. By the way, it was an awesome record store. You could buy pot from the hottie behind the counter!

Jesus- I haven't thought about TItus Oaks in decades! Wow! There was a Wetson's on Ralph Ave and Church Ave on the corner of my street in Bklyn. Once it opened, my dad said- it's time to move! I remember going there when Sonny the Clown and Wendy his girlfriend made a personal appearance.

There was also a Wetson's near the big Brooklyn Public Library on Eastern Parkway. THey ahd an orange color scheme. Long time ago!

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 08/2/04 1:49 PM
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I hadn't thought about "Wetson's" in a dog age...but you brought back a flood of memories...as a child growing up in Far Rockaway, N.Y....was my first introduction to fast-food burgers...being one of five children...we'd crowd into a station wagon and drive over to Inwood (next town over) on Beach Channel Drive....get their burgers...fries and malts.....just as Wetson's was being fazed out....in comes McDonald's.....

Nothing lasts forever I suppose...thanks for the memories!

LaurieGee52

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RE: Wetson's - Sun, 02/20/05 11:43 PM
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We had a Wetsons hamburger restaurant in Elizabeth, N.J., many, many years ago. What stood out to me was the fact that their french fries were made fresh on site. They had this huge electric potatoe peeler againest the left hand side of the kitchen, and you could see the operater making french fries out of actual potatoes!
I also recall the yellow color of their hamburger buns,{the first potatoe buns?} I certainly, and IMHO, don't think that Mcdonalds was better. Whenever I go back to visit N.J., I still stop in and have a hot dog at the Nathan's that went up when they bought out Wetsons. And after White Castle, Wetsons was the first burger chain that I remmember.

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RE: Wetson's - Tue, 02/22/05 2:04 PM
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I remember Wetson's growing up on Long Island, but curiously have no recollection of the fries! I seem to recall you ordered from outside the store thru a window and usually ended up eating in your car...

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RE: Wetson's - Tue, 03/8/05 9:59 AM
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My father owned the Wetson's in Lake grove (Middle Country Rd by the Smith Haven Mall) in the 70's. My understanding was that the corporation had some "tax issues". The county closed all the stores one day and that was it for Wetson's. I do remeber most of the menu and they did have the competitions equals ie. "Big W" (Big Mac), "Super Burger" (Whopper), 1/4 Pounder's (I forget the fish sandwich...maybe "The Whaler"?). Anyway, it was fun going in and working (mostly eating...turned me into a fat little bastard that Wetson's did)

When I lived in Virginia Beach there were a couple of fast food places I remember, "Heap Big Beef" (Like Arby's) and "Carols" (Burger joint I think)

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RE: Wetson's - Tue, 03/8/05 11:12 PM
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remember wetson's? i'll never forget!
glen street in glen cove.
right next to a movie theater.
until the late 60s, the city supported three movie theaters (big, cavernous ones where the soundtracks echoed, not the ka-chunk cookie-cutter wannabes of nowadays), a wetson's and the greatest luncheonette on the island: henry's, where they made REAL burgers (as well as their own chocolate bunnies at easter).
my brother hated henry's beause the burgers were too fat and juicy. he only ate burgers from wetson's. he wouldn't even eat a burger mom cooked, unless it was "just like wetson's" ... flat, gray, cooked to within an inch of its life and smothered with ketchup.
wetson's was razed and is now a strip mall.
the theater was razed and is now a gas station.

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RE: Wetson's - Tue, 03/8/05 11:33 PM
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Originally posted by colt4x5

remember wetson's? i'll never forget!
glen street in glen cove.
right next to a movie theater.
until the late 60s, the city supported three movie theaters (big, cavernous ones where the soundtracks echoed, not the ka-chunk cookie-cutter wannabes of nowadays), a wetson's and the greatest luncheonette on the island: henry's, where they made REAL burgers (as well as their own chocolate bunnies at easter).
my brother hated henry's beause the burgers were too fat and juicy. he only ate burgers from wetson's. he wouldn't even eat a burger mom cooked, unless it was "just like wetson's" ... flat, gray, cooked to within an inch of its life and smothered with ketchup.
wetson's was razed and is now a strip mall.
the theater was razed and is now a gas station.


You left me in suspense...what happened to Henry's??? I used to work in Glen Cove about 20 years ago, and went there regularly for lunch. Haven't been that way in a while, but wondered about Henry's.

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 03/11/05 8:28 AM
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Our Wetson's was on Woodhaven Blvd and Rockaway Blvd in Queens, NY. There was a White Castle about 3 blocks away, so we'd switch off.

Not too many memories about the taste of the burgers for me. What I do remember was the succession of ownership after the closing. It was the same for all of the Wetson's I was familiar with:

1.Wetson's
2.Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips (didn't last long)
3.Roy Rogers
4.Dunkin Donuts (current franchise)

Don't know what I'd do if White Castle went away. Can't pass it without stopping. I've taken to keeping Beano in my car now.

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RE: Wetson's - Tue, 03/29/05 11:04 AM
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Originally posted by Jennifer_4

I don't know Wetson's...but I'll give my undying gratitude to ANYONE out there who remembers Lester Burger of California... they had a dorky looking crew cut, glasses wearing kid (kind of like a nerdy Bob's Big Boy) as their mascot.

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 04/15/05 12:35 PM
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I did a google search of Wetsons and this is how I found this great website.
there used to be a Wetsons on Deer Park ave. Between southern state and weeks road in North Babylon, across the street from Sunset City shopping center, I believe there is a wendy's there now in the pathmark shopping center. being that my Brothers and I grew up in the developement behind were pathmark is now we used to cut through the school field to get wetson on saturdays.....very nostalgic....thanks for the good memories

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 04/15/05 1:02 PM
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Originally posted by Chiefb52430

I did a google search of Wetsons and this is how I found this great website.
there used to be a Wetsons on Deer Park ave. Between southern state and weeks road in North Babylon, across the street from Sunset City shopping center, I believe there is a wendy's there now in the pathmark shopping center. being that my Brothers and I grew up in the developement behind were pathmark is now we used to cut through the school field to get wetson on saturdays.....very nostalgic....thanks for the good memories


Wow...Sunset City...I had forgotten that name! I didn't remember that was a Wetson's...I did remember the Jack in the Box a few blocks north. There was a Wetson's I remember, on Sunrise Hwy in Bayshore. The building still has the shape of the old Wetson's, but has been many things over the years and is now a used car dealer.

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 04/15/05 1:24 PM
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Wow...Sunset City...I had forgotten that name! I didn't remember that was a Wetson's...I did remember the Jack in the Box a few blocks north. There was a Wetson's I remember, on Sunrise Hwy in Bayshore. The building still has the shape of the old Wetson's, but has been many things over the years and is now a used car dealer.



Wetsons was across the street from sunset city in what is now the pathmark parking lot...as for the jack in the box, when it first opened one of my brothers worked there but only for a short time....he got fired for eating too much... I remember the wetsons on sunrise hwy....it was a hair cutting shop for a long time...man I haven't been in that neck of the island in a while.... used to live in North Babylon until 1969....great neighborhood then

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 04/15/05 1:39 PM
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Wetsons was across the street from sunset city in what is now the pathmark parking lot...as for the jack in the box, when it first opened one of my brothers worked there but only for a short time....he got fired for eating too much... I remember the wetsons on sunrise hwy....it was a hair cutting shop for a long time...man I haven't been in that neck of the island in a while.... used to live in North Babylon until 1969....great neighborhood then


Funny to hear about your brother's Jack in the Box adventure!

Other eating highlights from my youth were the Arby's further north on Deer Park ave. They recently opened a White Castle up that way.

Those were in the days when fast food was still new and a great novelty.

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 04/15/05 1:48 PM
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Originally posted by Tony Bad

Funny to hear about your brother's Jack in the Box adventure!

Other eating highlights from my youth were the Arby's further north on Deer Park ave. They recently opened a White Castle up that way.

Those were in the days when fast food was still new and a great novelty.



Arby's was up towards bayshore rd and deer park ave??
near St. Cyril's Church and school??

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 04/29/05 9:02 PM
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I grew up in Brooklyn, and as I recall Wetson's was the FIRST of the National fast food chains to open up there. This was in the late 60's, they opened a store just across from King's plaza on Flatbush Ave. Mcdonalds didn't come along until a few years later. Wetson's immediately became the late night stop-of-choice for us inebriated older teens driving (yes,driving) up Flatbush avenue after a night of carousing at the bars in Rockaway.

To the early poster who mentioned thier generous contributions to MD, funny you should mention that. My recollection is the exact opposite. I distinctly remember one year (1969 maybe) when the owner (was his name Wetson?) came on and contributed something like $5,000. A short while later a representative from McDonalds came out and contributed $100,000. And the rest was history. ---Ken

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 05/9/05 1:53 PM
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I used to take the (old) 107 bus past the one on Forest ave & Morningstar Rd., but I don' remember the one on Hylan and BURGHER.
Never ate there, though.

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RE: Wetson's - Sun, 05/15/05 1:33 PM
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Originally posted by Chiefb52430

quote:
Originally posted by Tony Bad

Funny to hear about your brother's Jack in the Box adventure!

Other eating highlights from my youth were the Arby's further north on Deer Park ave. They recently opened a White Castle up that way.

Those were in the days when fast food was still new and a great novelty.



Arby's was up towards bayshore rd and deer park ave??
near St. Cyril's Church and school??


The Arby's building is now Nathan's. And the Jack in the Box building is now Checkers.

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RE: Wetson's - Sun, 10/2/05 12:59 PM
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Coincidence. I grew up in Westbury, just down the street from you. After a day at Jones Beach in the early 1970's we would pull the convertible up to the Wetson's on Old Country Road, near the Wantaugh Parkway off ramp. We always had the same thing: Cheesburger, fries and a vanilla shake, and ate them right there in the convertible under the summer sun with the AM radio playing. I can still hear the Four Seasons singing "Sherry Baby" (or is it Cherie Baby?)
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I remember as a kid growing up in Levittown, LI--Wetson's opened up on Hemptead Turnpike sometime around 1961, I think--it was the first, followed by a McD a few months later. Their burgers were 15 cents--I think cheeseburgers were 17 cents. My mother drove us over there, and the crowd was enormous. We didn't stick around, but went back a few weeks later. I remember that the burger was the tiniest thing I'd ever seen in a bun--I think the pickle slice was bigger. Didn't look anything like the photos.

Charlie

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RE: Wetson's - Sun, 10/2/05 6:38 PM
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I'm under the impression that no one needs to worry about the owners of Wetson's. As far as I know, they now own two chains in NYC, Tony's di Napoli and Dallas BBQ. I've eaten in both, numerous times. They're not great, but they are consistent, and the service (much more so in Tony's)is excellent, and the prices (much more so in Dallas BBQ) are very reasonable.

They must take the cash out of these joints in dumptrucks. I have no doubt that the original Tony's on Second Avenue can serve, especially in the summer when the outdoor cafe is open, well over a thousand meals an evening, and I could be low on this estimate.

I think the owners' name is Weston.

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RE: Wetson's - Sun, 10/2/05 11:33 PM
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In my early driving days, in the mid 1960s, I and my buddies from Newark, NJ, frequented the Wetsons on Rahway Ave.in Elizabeth, NJ, mostly as an excursion into foreign territory. It pre-dated the appearance of our first McDonald's, Route #22 East, Union, NJ. It was merely an alternative to the numerous choices of White Castles (Five Points, Union, being the best locale) we often visited. Natch, we preferred the white boxes. Memories of the arrival of Burger King (and Ginos before that) are very hazy.

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RE: Wetson's - Wed, 05/23/07 4:13 AM
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I lived in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn and my Wetsons was at the corner of Utica avenue and Farragut road. My house was on East 48th street and Wetsons was just a short walk away. I made that walk often...

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 07/30/07 6:24 PM
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I clealy remember the Wetson's on Rahway Ave in Elizabeth. I remember a hamburger place on the corner of Stiles Street and Morris Avenue in Elizabeth. Does anyone remember if it was a Wetson's? If it wasn't a Wetson's does anyone remember what it was?

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 08/20/07 4:42 PM
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I loved the Wetsons in Hicksville at the corner of Old Country Rd and Levittown parkway. Wasn't their big burger called a Big W? Was this an imitation of Mickey D's or was Mickey D imitating Wetsons or was the name similarity (Big W v Big Mac) a coincidence? Also preceding Wetsons there was a hamburger place in Hicksville on Old Country Rd near the intersection of Newbridge and Old Country Roads. I was a little kid but I'm pretty sure it was called Edward's.It was in a strip mall that is across the road from what was then a catering place called Old Country Manor and was later called Antoine's, don't know what its called now. Well Wetson's did them in before Mickey D's did the same to Wetsons and in fact the owners of Edwards painted the place Orange and White so it would look like Wetsons.

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 08/27/07 1:44 PM
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I remember a few Weston's in Brooklyn. Empire Blvd near Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush Avenue & Ave U or V, 86 Street & 7 Avenue, and Bay Parkway & Belt Parkway.

86 Street became, and still is, a Nathan's. Bay Parkway became a Roy Rogers amomg other things. Don't know what happened to the other locations.

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 08/27/07 2:32 PM
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In the late 1960's/early 1970's there was a Wetson's on Northern Boulevard in Manhasset or Roslyn (not sure which town it was in). From Port Washington (where I grew up) that was the closest fast food restaurant and we were smitten with it. Pretty soon a Burger King opened up further east on Northern Boulevard in Glen Cove, and that became the fast food restaurant of choice. No McD's anywhere near us, those two were our closest fast food choices -- other than a Chicken Delite in Port Washington that I worked at part time in high school. Came home smelling like grease every night.

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 08/27/07 3:38 PM
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I don't think there was ever a post that engendered so many new members.

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 08/31/07 4:16 PM
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About all those new members,

If you google Wetson's, this site is the first result you see. I think a lot of people got to talking and asked "I wonder whatever happened to Wetson's?" Most people don't remember that Wetson's was acquired by Nathan's. But, I'm not sure if they were initially acquired by Nathan's in 1975, or just acted as franchisees for a while. In fact, a few months after my then-local Wetson's on Flushing Avenue in Maspeth was converted, I saw the manager of the restaurant handing out paychecks that clealy had Wetson's name printed on them. In any event, all the stores were just not boarded up one day.

There aren't any Wetson's tribute websites out there, so people come here.

Edited to inclue ownership info.

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RE: Wetson's - Sat, 09/29/07 4:10 PM
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In the late 1960's/early 1970's there was a Wetson's on Northern Boulevard in Manhasset or Roslyn (not sure which town it was in).


I think the building is still there. It is part of a car dealership and the old Wetsons is in the used car lot. I was a CW Post student in the 60's and stopped there often. Further east on 25A on the south side was a bar called 'The Knotty Knee'; the 'Good Rats' used to play there. I heard at one time it was a brothel and now it is a kitchen remodeling place. Times change.

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RE: Wetson's - Sun, 11/25/07 12:50 PM
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I as well remember the Wetsons on Old COuntry Road at the intersection of Levittown Parkway. It became a number of things, Titus Oaks being the most memorable. It is now a Dunkin Donuts.

I remember the french fries most vividly. Limp, greasy and salty (don't get the wrong idea, this is a FOND memory).

There was some clown dude mascot "Sonny Wetson" ? Maybe he morphed into Ronald McDonald ?

My current favorite fries are Nathan's. Especially the burnt crispy ones.

Cheers

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RE: Wetson's - Sun, 12/2/07 9:13 AM
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One bizarre footnote on the history of Wetson's is that Errol Wetson (or is it Wettenson?) was the first husband to Margaux Hemingway.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D00EED61339F930A35754C0A960958260

Another interesting article where Errol and Margaux are mentioned on the last page...
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,917429-1,00.html

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RE: Wetson's - Thu, 12/13/07 5:09 PM
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Originally posted by kozel

quote:
Originally posted by Ivyhouse

In the late 1960's/early 1970's there was a Wetson's on Northern Boulevard in Manhasset or Roslyn (not sure which town it was in).


I think the building is still there. It is part of a car dealership and the old Wetsons is in the used car lot. I was a CW Post student in the 60's and stopped there often. Further east on 25A on the south side was a bar called 'The Knotty Knee'; the 'Good Rats' used to play there. I heard at one time it was a brothel and now it is a kitchen remodeling place. Times change.


You're right - I lived in Manhasset for about 15 years and my Grandparents lived there when I was a kid. The site of Wetson's is a used car place and the building is still there. The place a few blocks east that is now a kitchen place used to be a hotel - probably not the type you bring you bring luggage to!

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 08/4/08 11:01 AM
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Another long gone chain, Wetson's. Anyone? It's so vague in my memory,I almost think I dreamt it.It was like Mickey D's, Only not as good.The one in my hometown, Stamford Ct. was closed after several food poisoning incidents. The location became a Nathan's, then a local hot dog stand, a bank, now Donut Delight the local Dunkin Donut nemesis.


Yes, I frequented the Glenbrook (Stamford) Wetson's as a young boy in the very early '70s! I especially liked their burgers because they put finely chopped onions on them, as well as pickle slices. My best friend and I would stuff ourselves for under $1. I'd never heard about the food poisoning incidents and just assumed that Nathan's, the parent company, took over for corporate reasons. Fond memories indeed!

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 10/6/08 11:49 PM
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We had a Wetsons hamburger restaurant in Elizabeth, N.J., many, many years ago. What stood out to me was the fact that their french fries were made fresh on site. They had this huge electric potatoe peeler againest the left hand side of the kitchen, and you could see the operater making french fries out of actual potatoes!
I also recall the yellow color of their hamburger buns,{the first potatoe buns?} I certainly, and IMHO, don't think that Mcdonalds was better. Whenever I go back to visit N.J., I still stop in and have a hot dog at the Nathan's that went up when they bought out Wetsons. And after White Castle, Wetsons was the first burger chain that I remmember.

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RE: Wetson's - Mon, 10/6/08 11:50 PM
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I live right behind Wetsons, 33 Colonial RD
quote:
Originally posted by mitros

We had a Wetsons hamburger restaurant in Elizabeth, N.J., many, many years ago. What stood out to me was the fact that their french fries were made fresh on site. They had this huge electric potatoe peeler againest the left hand side of the kitchen, and you could see the operater making french fries out of actual potatoes!
I also recall the yellow color of their hamburger buns,{the first potatoe buns?} I certainly, and IMHO, don't think that Mcdonalds was better. Whenever I go back to visit N.J., I still stop in and have a hot dog at the Nathan's that went up when they bought out Wetsons. And after White Castle, Wetsons was the first burger chain that I remmember.

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RE: Wetson's - Sun, 11/9/08 1:40 PM
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remember wetson's? i'll never forget!
glen street in glen cove.
right next to a movie theater.
until the late 60s, the city supported three movie theaters (big, cavernous ones where the soundtracks echoed, not the ka-chunk cookie-cutter wannabes of nowadays), a wetson's and the greatest luncheonette on the island: henry's, where they made REAL burgers (as well as their own chocolate bunnies at easter).
my brother hated henry's beause the burgers were too fat and juicy. he only ate burgers from wetson's. he wouldn't even eat a burger mom cooked, unless it was "just like wetson's" ... flat, gray, cooked to within an inch of its life and smothered with ketchup.
wetson's was razed and is now a strip mall.
the theater was razed and is now a gas station.


Colt, I remember that Glen Cove Wetson's too. And of course those great movie theaters as well. The Glen Cove Theater was on one side of it and The Town Theater on the other. I could never keep it straight in my mind which one was which when I was a kid, but have since found out that 'Town' was to the left of Wetson's (and like you said was torn down), and the 'Glen Cove' was to the right of it and that building actually still stands today. It became a CVS for a while and not sure what it's being used for now.

As far as the spot where the Wetson's was, isn't that the same spot where the McDonald's is now? I hated to see Wetson's go at the time, but once I had my first quarter pounder I have to admit I was pretty ok with change.

About the Wetson's burgers, though... you mentioned ketchup but for some reason all I can remember about those things was the mustard on them. I could be way off here because I was a little kid at the time and maybe I'm just not remembering right, but does anyone know if Wetson's used to use mustard as a standard topping on their regular burgers?

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 01/2/09 9:12 PM
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potato222
About the Wetson's burgers, though... you mentioned ketchup but for some reason all I can remember about those things was the mustard on them. I could be way off here because I was a little kid at the time and maybe I'm just not remembering right, but does anyone know if Wetson's used to use mustard as a standard topping on their regular burgers?
I don't remember mustard at all, at least at the Levittown store...

 

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 01/2/09 9:16 PM
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BTW, welcome to Roadfood potato222. Coincidentally, I was in that area of GC today...

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RE: Wetson's - Fri, 01/2/09 10:57 PM
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Scallion1


I'm under the impression that no one needs to worry about the owners of Wetson's. As far as I know, they now own two chains in NYC, Tony's di Napoli and Dallas BBQ. I've eaten in both, numerous times. They're not great, but they are consistent, and the service (much more so in Tony's)is excellent, and the prices (much more so in Dallas BBQ) are very reasonable.

They must take the cash out of these joints in dumptrucks. I have no doubt that the original Tony's on Second Avenue can serve, especially in the summer when the outdoor cafe is open, well over a thousand meals an evening, and I could be low on this estimate.

I think the owners' name is Weston.


As I stated in an earlier post, I knew one of the brothers while growing up in the 5 Towns during the 50's. The family name is, Wettinson. 

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RE: Wetson's - Sat, 01/3/09 3:53 PM
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Twinwillow


Scallion1


I'm under the impression that no one needs to worry about the owners of Wetson's. As far as I know, they now own two chains in NYC, Tony's di Napoli and Dallas BBQ. I've eaten in both, numerous times. They're not great, but they are consistent, and the service (much more so in Tony's)is excellent, and the prices (much more so in Dallas BBQ) are very reasonable.

They must take the cash out of these joints in dumptrucks. I have no doubt that the original Tony's on Second Avenue can serve, especially in the summer when the outdoor cafe is open, well over a thousand meals an evening, and I could be low on this estimate.

I think the owners' name is Weston.


As I stated in an earlier post, I knew one of the brothers while growing up in the 5 Towns during the 50's. The family name is, Wettinson.



Hey Twinwillow, where in the 5 Towns? I grew up in Hewlett...we moved there from Far Rockaway. I went to Hewlett Elem...Woodmere JHS and then Hewlett HS. I graduated form HS in 1979...went to school with Liza...part of the Wettinson family I believe.



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RE: Wetson's - Sat, 01/3/09 7:06 PM
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LindaW


Twinwillow


Scallion1


I'm under the impression that no one needs to worry about the owners of Wetson's. As far as I know, they now own two chains in NYC, Tony's di Napoli and Dallas BBQ. I've eaten in both, numerous times. They're not great, but they are consistent, and the service (much more so in Tony's)is excellent, and the prices (much more so in Dallas BBQ) are very reasonable.

They must take the cash out of these joints in dumptrucks. I have no doubt that the original Tony's on Second Avenue can serve, especially in the summer when the outdoor cafe is open, well over a thousand meals an evening, and I could be low on this estimate.

I think the owners' name is Weston.


As I stated in an earlier post, I knew one of the brothers while growing up in the 5 Towns during the 50's. The family name is, Wettinson.



Hey Twinwillow, where in the 5 Towns? I grew up in Hewlett...we moved there from Far Rockaway. I went to Hewlett Elem...Woodmere JHS and then Hewlett HS. I graduated form HS in 1979...went to school with Liza...part of the Wettinson family I believe.


I lived in Cedarhurst and Woodmere during the 50's. I went to the #5 (elementary) school and then to Lawrence High School. Graduating (in the late Central theater) in 1958.
My cousin was very good friends with Errol Wettinson. I also lived in Far Rockaway. For a short time before moving to the 5 Towns.

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RE: Wetson's - Sun, 01/4/09 10:31 AM
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There is still a 'Carl Wetanson' on Links Road in Woodmere.  And Linda, Toddy's is still a fixture on Central Ave.  Here is a link to a dated page on Cedarhurst you both may enjoy.

http://www.ade-re.com/1959/rodeo/drive.htm


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