Hot!Howdy Beefburgers

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boathook1
Junior Burger
2007/05/19 08:19:54
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
sofurry
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/06/02 17:35:42
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.
jvsmom
Cheeseburger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/06/02 18:26:36
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?
boathook1
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/06/07 11:01:07
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...
mjambro
Cheeseburger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/06/08 16:38:33
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).
justme123
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/06/15 13:44:20
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?
zacconejay
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/04 12:37:06
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?
zacconejay
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/04 12:39:26
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?
grynch
Hamburger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/14 08:27:45
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".

Kennino
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/24 13:52:00
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.
Wistah
Cheeseburger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/24 13:57:35
quote:
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.

grynch
Hamburger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/08/27 02:53:47
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
crisis_mid
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/09/13 14:04:42
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
tomcol
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/09/26 19:49:24
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
tomcol
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/09/26 19:54:14
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
crisis_mid
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2007/10/19 14:14:39
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
MikeCarno
Junior Burger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/24 22:14:01
The building in Haverhill, Mass where the Howdy's was is still standing.
markolenski
Cheeseburger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/24 22:32:31
markolenski
Cheeseburger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/24 22:37:02
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/24 22:41:21
Howdy was their mascot?
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/24 22:42:53

Sawdust burgers...makes perfect sense!


ellen4641
Filet Mignon
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2010/01/25 01:18:21
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 !!!

MikeCarno
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2010/02/08 14:09:50
I remember when I lived in Haverhill, Mass. they would go on sale 12 for a Dollar.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/02/08 14:15:06
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?
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/02/08 20:15:49
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."
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/02/08 23:04:44
...but DNYC.....none of that is referred to in the thread......
jvsmom
Cheeseburger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/02/09 09:38:26
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
blaudani
Junior Burger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/07/07 16:35:13
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.
crisis_mid
Junior Burger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2010/10/24 07:56:17
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
Skibum609
Junior Burger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2011/01/24 21:44:22
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.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2011/01/25 03:07:54
It's amazing how many new posters this thread has brought out of the woodwork on this subject. Keep Posting!
Old Man
Junior Burger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2011/07/09 21:23:00
So I just watched History Detectives about a McDonalds clown suit and got me to thinking about Howdy's in Taunton Rte 44 that I would go to.  Then I thought about how there was either a Burger Chef or Burger Queen near it, McDonalds down the road and a Jack In The Box on the other side of town. I remember when you went there if you were from Somerset the Taunton jocks wanted to fight you.  Dighton boy, I was safe.  I hung out with a friend that was a dwarf and he owned a Ford Boss 302, he had to l´╗┐iterally slide off the seat to hit the breaks. The idea was to try to pick up girls.  I am still holding my breath.
It was the first place I drank liquor, in the back parking lot.  A whole bottle of Tango. To this day I still don't drink.  The food was so much cheaper, but you got what you paid for.
I remember doing a Ebay search a long time ago to start collecting Howdy's stuff and there was nothing.  Thanks for letting me ramble and good to see it wasn't a dream.
SCFP
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2011/07/13 10:45:29
Yes, the Framingham (MA) locations are/were correct.  I worked (VERY briefly) at the Rt. 9 site - it was near the Rt. 126 / Rt. 9 junction - while I was in high school at Framingham North
 
The manager was a total a$$, whom would change the workers assigned hours DAYS after the schedule came out - and then had the nerve to get MAD at you if you missed (or were late) for a shift - AFTER he'd changed it w/o telling YOU.
 
Needless to say, this was the PRIME reason I left there ASAP, during the spring of '69.
post edited by SCFP - 2011/07/13 10:50:31
mjambro
Cheeseburger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2011/07/13 17:08:29
At the East Hartford, CT location where I worked one summer, if you showed up and were ready for work 10-20 minutes early, the manager (who earned about 10 cents/ hr more than the minimum wage workers) would instruct us to clock in.  It took a while before we realized he would only document the actual hours assigned.   After leaving for college at the end of the summer, I went back to pick up my last paycheck.  I had already been removed from the payroll, but was talked into working another shift where the manager fed me a line that he was being transferred to a location near where I was going to school and that he would compensate for the hours when I was hired at that new location.  Hmm - I did take the new job, but never saw the manager or got that eight hours pay even after reporting it to the CT labor commission.  I was told there was no evidence I had worked that day.    
Skipcanavan
Junior Burger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2011/07/30 23:20:04
Old Man

So I just watched History Detectives about a McDonalds clown suit and got me to thinking about Howdy's in Taunton Rte 44 that I would go to.  Then I thought about how there was either a Burger Chef or Burger Queen near it, McDonalds down the road and a Jack In The Box on the other side of town. I remember when you went there if you were from Somerset the Taunton jocks wanted to fight you.  Dighton boy, I was safe.  I hung out with a friend that was a dwarf and he owned a Ford Boss 302, he had to l´╗┐iterally slide off the seat to hit the breaks. The idea was to try to pick up girls.  I am still holding my breath.
It was the first place I drank liquor, in the back parking lot.  A whole bottle of Tango. To this day I still don't drink.  The food was so much cheaper, but you got what you paid for.
I remember doing a Ebay search a long time ago to start collecting Howdy's stuff and there was nothing.  Thanks for letting me ramble and good to see it wasn't a dream.

 
Old Man....I grew up in Taunton (THS Class of '80)...and loved going to Howdy's on 44. Next door was a Burger Chef and downtown we had a Carrol's which became Burger King and moved onto 44 also.  The downton Tex Barry's HotDogs is still open I believe...I think it was once a large chain with only Taunton and Attleboro still open. And Tango...have not seen that since the mid-70's!
macpats
Junior Burger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2011/10/14 22:12:58
hi all
We had a howdy's in Saco,Maine right on the river. i remember the big one was a good burger. also one Halloween they gave kids free small burger,fries and small coke. we went 3 times changing costumes each time.  
 
rocker0n
Junior Burger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2012/07/28 14:43:57
Hello!!. In 1970 I worked at Howdy Beef Burger in the South end in New Beford Ma. I ws the cook. I still have my Howdy Shirt!!. We had a Howdy's in New Bedford Ma. Way before McDonalds,Burger Chef or Burger King. When I got paid my check had the Dunkin Donut logo on it. Howdy's were owned by DD back then.
Howdycurious
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2013/10/28 23:35:45
Could you tell me if Howdy's ever served fish?
 
mjambro
Cheeseburger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2013/11/04 05:23:28
Howdycurious

Could you tell me if Howdy's ever served fish?


 
Yes.  They had a fish sandwich (starting in the mid 60's), but IMO, it compared poorly vs. McDonalds.  It was deep fried in the french fry fryer and was served on a grilled bun, similar to the burger buns with 1/2 slice of cheese.  I'm guessing the differences were a steamed bun with better quality tarter sauce and likely a better fish fillet as well at Mcdonalds.  It was NOT a big seller at the two locations where I worked. 
post edited by mjambro - 2013/11/04 05:25:33
ckolovson
Junior Burger
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2014/01/07 18:35:16
I worked at the Howdy's in West Roxbury in the 1970s. "Howdy, may I help you?" 
kengug
Junior Burger
RE: Howdy Beefburgers 2014/01/12 17:45:46
Wow does this thread bring back memories. I worked at Howdy's on Rt 135 in Framingham for about 3 years in the late1970's. Man, did we have fun working there! Yes, we had fish, including fish sandwiches (cod), a haddock dinner, a shrimp dinner, and clam strips. And we had chowder (Snow`s) every day. Lester and Goldie owned the place, and their 20-something year old kids helped to manage it. Quite a cast of characters hung out there at the time. Us worker bees were a tight crew and we had a lot of fun, made a lot of memories. A closing shift was not complete without a little attitude adjustment in the back room during break. Those were the days, we were just too young to know it!
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Howdy Beefburgers 2014/01/15 20:13:20
Perry-you are an idiot. And I suspect you are posting to get pictures of your stupid kitchen stuff.....