I am from Rochester, N.Y. and remember Carrols well. My sister worked at a Carrols in 1971-72, when she was a teenager. Boy, did we love Club Burgers. Always better than a Big Mac. We had a Carrols in our neighborhood in the suburbs, with the backlit orange tiles. After Carrols closed, they kept reusing those tiles in all different combinations. They added on to the building and made it into a small strip plaza, and to this day, they are still using those tiles, though they've repainted them since. There is another former Carrols in Rochester that also still has its tiles. For a picture of one of those Carrols, check out this picture from the Carrols Corp. Web site:http://www.carrols.com/html/history.htm
. The Web site shows the newer version of the logo, which they apparently still use, with the orange and green and described earlier by RB0012Hero
I remember the promotional items from Carrols, too. I'm sure there are still some Looney Toons and/or DC Super Heroes glasses at my Dad's house. I also remember (in keeping with the season) that Carrols handed out some of the Classics Illustrated comic books. I probably still have one somewhere. The promotion was called "Carrols Colossal Collection of Classic Comics for Christmas). I also have a small box which is in the design of the Old-style Carrols. It was probably the size of a happy meal, maybe it was used for one?
As for jingles, I remember this one: "When good food turns you on, turn into Carrols." There was a commercial I recall as well, with showgirls assembling an oversized Club Burger, with some lyrics like "First we take the buns and toast them right..." also mentioning their special sauce, etc. Can't really remember much more.
We used to also visit Carrols in the Buffalo area. I remember my uncle in Tonawanda lived right near one.
Of course we were all disappointed when Carrols disappeared. I like Burger King, but it is just not the same. I remember when I was in college in Buffalo and used to take the bus home on occasional weekends, the bus would stop in Batavia. There was still a Carrols there, with Club Burgers, perhaps in 1980! I still have a French Fry bag from there. Eventually it closed down too. I had heard that the last surviving Carrols was in Dewitt, N.Y., which makes sense since it is a suburb of Syracuse, home of Carrols Corp.