I recently made contact with a guy who's father was the commercial photographer for Parkmoor. He has tons negatives. I also located and contacted the daughter of the owner. She also has a large collection of Parkmoor items. Her father started the local chain and at one time had as many as 16 units, some of the buildings are still there.
If you want to see some old Parkmoor items Wright State University Archives located on the fourth floor of the main Dunbar library has a small file with about a dozen photos, newspaper clips and some company newsletters. You just go in and ask to view it (catalog # SC-156) and they bring it out to you. I'm trying to get the two people mentioned above to donate their items to this archive as well.
The history are far as I can tell is the chain was franchised from a St. Louis chain in 1947. The founder just out of the Army, I would guess, ate at the St. Louis one and probably wanted the chicken recipe. The first Dayton location was a converted root beer stand at 2801 Linden Ave (building still stands is now a podiatrists office). The chain grew to as many as 16, and it would appear eclipsed it's St. Louis origins (also now out of business). By the sixties competition from the newer fast foods like Burger Chef and McDonalds as well as larger chains like BigBoy caused business to slide, the last Parkmoor at Airway Rd closed in the early 80's.
It's easy to see how the "Hasty Tasty" pancake house would have the chicken, it was started by a former Parkmoor business partner and is only a couple blocks from the original Parkmoor. The daughter has the original chicken recipe and would like to verify others claims.
I have a list of at least 10 of the locations plus the offices. These buildings still exist, if you look carefully you can recognize the traditional architechure of the Parkmoor sometime buried under renovations.
3591 Salem Ave (currently a restaurant)
3981 S. Dixie (front modified, was a steak house)
2801 Linden Ave (podiatrist office near the "U-Save" store)
1025 Shroyer Rd (currently "Carmel's" restaurant)
1300 Stanley (corporate office/commissary)
No longer with us:
4876 Airway (new Burger King on location)
3030 Woodman (Taco Bell building)
4328 N. Main ( just gone)
300 Salem (gone)
803 Waterviliet (Walgreens)
508 Kauffman (Fairborn, now a carwash an abandoned pyramid shaped concrete light post mount from the Parkmoor still is there.)
Anyone remember any others? I'm missing a few.
Parkmoor photos here: http://public.fotki.com/R...o/parkmoor-restaurant/