Mr. Swiss (page 1)

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Mr. Swiss is another A-frame style restaurant with a box in front. This advertisement shows what these buildings looked like originally. The Mr. Swiss company was based in Oklahoma City, OK. The restaurants sold soft-serve ice cream, hamburgers and other sandwiches. The chain was started in 1964 by L.J. Doerfler. By 1968, there were nearly 200 stores in 38 states. It appears the chain dissolved in the 1970s. By the late 1970s, there were hardly any locations left. Although there are no operating locations now, there are still many surviving buildings. If you know of any that still exist which are not represented here, I'd love to hear from you.

This section is organized alphabetically by state. If you know of any buildings which still exist and are not represented here, I'd love to hear from you.

Alabama Mr. Swiss Buildings:

Reba's Embroidery
Texarkana, AR
Reba's Embroidery occupies what appears to be a former Mr. Swiss. [map]

former Mr. Swiss
Santa Barbara, CA
This former Mr. Swiss was built in the late 1960s but it didn't last long. The building has been used by Bucks BBQ and Hamburger Habit. It housed Cliff's & Company Catering from 1983 until around 2011. The building was vacant when this photo was taken in 2012. By 2016, the building was housing the Mesa Verde restaurant. [map]

former Mr. Swiss
Glendora, CA
former Mr. Swiss
Modesto, CA
The former Mr. Swiss in Glendora now houses the El Amigo Restaurant. [map]

The former Mr. Swiss in Modesto now houses Lee's Chinese Kitchen. [map]

former Mr. Swiss
Eureka, CA
former Mr. Swiss
San Diego, CA
The former Mr. Swiss in Eureka has housed the Chalet House of Omelettes since 1975. [map]

The former Mr. Swiss in San Diego has housed Bear Buns Bakery and Cafe since around 2012. Before that, the building housed a dog grooming store. [map]

former Mr. Swiss
West Covina, CA
former Mr. Swiss
Santa Ana, CA
This Mr. Swiss in West Covina now houses a dentist's office. [map]

This Mr. Swiss in Santa Ana opened in 1968. The building has housed the Tori Nick Taqueria since around 2014. [map]

More California Mr. Swiss Buildings:

former Mr. Swiss
Gulfport, FL
2009: 2020:
The former Mr. Swiss housed Gulfport Smokin' Joe's in 2009. After that, there have been a series of other restaurants including George's Grill, Chick's Chicken Shack, and Eater's Grill. [map]

former Mr. Swiss
Kenneth City, FL
2009: 2020:
The former Mr. Swiss housed Best Import Auto Sales in 2009. By 2011, there was another used car dealership here. Since around 2019, the building has housed Mama G's German Bakery. While the sign panels have been replaced, the poles and sign frames are original. [map]

former Mr. Swiss
Tampa, FL
The former Mr. Swiss now houses Pisco Restaurant & Bar. The top of the A-frame is now barely visible. By 2014, the original sign pole and panel frames were gone. For more, see this website. [map]

Mr. Swiss
Cumming, GA
This Mr. Swiss opened in 1971. The large, peaked roof in front of the A-frame is an addition. This location had the last known original sign. Shortly before these photos were taken in 2007, the sign was damaged and there was only a panel on the one side. Sometime in 2008, the other half was removed. In 2013, the restaurant closed after a fire. It reopened in 2015. The building appeared to be vacant in 2017. It still looked closed in 2019. For more, see this website. [map]

Stroud Liquors
Danville, IL
This former Mr. Swiss is now occupied by Stroud Liquors. [map]

More Illinois Mr. Swiss Buildings:

Loan Max
El Dorado, KS
This former Mr. Swiss now houses a Loan Max location. [map]

More Kansas Mr. Swiss Buildings:

former Mr. Swiss
Flint, MI


This former Mr. Swiss was morphed into a Dairy Queen at some point with a split-roof addition to the front of the building. The drive-in canopy was added later when the business became a "Jr. Varsity Root Beer" (hence, the "V" sign in the top photo). That lasted about ten years. After that, the building housed a pizzeria and then "Maria's Mexican". In 2006, the building was being fixed-up for another fast food operation. The "Old A Drive-in Diner" opened here around 2010. By 2015, the building housed Da' Red Wagon BBQ & More. It's possible that the "V" sign or its frame was flipped upside down and adapted for the "A" that is on the building now. [map]

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