Other Fast Food Chains (page 1)

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Burger King
Naperville, IL
This Burger King seems to be a well-preserved original building most likely from the late 1950s. I don't believe there are any others left like this. Inside the restaurant is this poster showing the early design. None of these fantastic neon signs left, at least not on public display anywhere. Burger King was founded in 1953 and had over 100 locations by 1965. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Burger King
Quincy, MA
Burger King
Pennsville, NJ
Burger King [gone]
Renton, WA
This Burger King in Quincy appears to be a remodeled example of the early design (see above). I don't know of any other examples of this building design. [map]

I believe the castle design of this Burger King in Pennsville is unique. I believe it was built in the 1970s or 1980s. It houses a Kids Club play area. [map]

This Burger King in Renton was unique. I don't know when it was built. This photo is from 2015. The building was completely remodeled in 2016 and is now a boring box.

Burger King [gone]
Buena Park, CA
This Burger King was another castle-themed location. The design might have been influenced by the Medieval Times across the street which opened in 1986. In 2019, this location closed and began housing a Starbucks. The building's castle features are gone.

former Taco Bell [gone]
Downey, CA (now Irvine, CA)
This Taco Bell was the first location in the chain. It opened in 1962. It has not been a Taco Bell for many years. The building has housed other Mexican takeout restaurants since then. In 2014, the building was vacant and endangered. Taco Bell decided to move the building to its corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA. It is currently in storage. For more, see this website.

Taco Bell [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
This Taco Bell had not changed all that much since the company's early design. These photos are from 2008. By 2012, this location had closed and the building was remodeled for a Thai restaurant. The sign was gone. These plastic signs are incredibly rare now. The only other one that I know of that is still in use is in Savannah, GA. There were others until a few years ago in Wilmington, DE and Wausau, WI. For more, see this website.

Taco Bell
Santa Barbara, CA
This Taco Bell still has a bell at the top of the building. If it's not the original, it's a very close copy. I don't know of any other locations that still have that. For more, see this website. [map]

Taco Bell
Scottsdale, AZ
This Taco Bell has been there since at least 1966. The logo on the sign was used from 1985-1994. This would have been a pole sign originally with "Drive Thru" at the bottom. [map]

Taco Bell model
San Diego, CA
former Taco Bell
Phoenix, AZ
This Taco Bell model is located behind a modernized Taco Bell. It was installed around 2008. It is a tribute to this location which was the first Taco Bell in San Diego, built in 1965. The model appears to be function as a utility box. [map]

This former Taco Bell has housed Best of Philly since 1995. The sign was repurposed with new panels and the building has been remodeled a bit. This sign was one of the earliest with the bulb-studded abstract serape. The Mexican was painted over on these signs Taco Bell due to public pressure. For more, see this website. [map]

former Taco Bell
Milwaukie, OR
This former Taco Bell still has the original patio and fire pit. The building now houses Rigoberto's Taco Shop. There are very few Taco Bell locations still housed in these buildings. Most of the survivors house other restaurants now. I don't know of any still-operating Taco Bells that still have fire pits. [map]

former Taco Bell
Santa Fe Springs, CA
This former Taco Bell also has the original fire pit, now used as a planter. The building now houses Alberto's Mexican Food. Very few former Taco Bells still have firepits and I don't believe any operating locations still have them. A few are listed in the blue box below. [map]

More former and still-operating Taco Bells:
Goleta, CA
Madera, CA
Norwalk, CA
Pomona, CA
Lakewood, CO
Tampa, FL
Honolulu, HI
Waukegan, IL
Hamilton, OH
Tulsa, OK
Tulsa, OK
Mesquite, TX
Longview, WA

If you know of any other surviving firepits, bells, or curved roof projections that held the bells, I'd love to hear from you.

The Roy Rogers restaurant chain was established in 1968.

former Roy Rogers
Cincinnati, OH
This Roy Rogers location was built in 1969. This sign probably had a rectangular bottom panel originally like this one in New Orleans, LA. These photos are from 2009. In 2012, the sign was adapted when the affiliation with Roy Rogers ceased. The business was renamed Roney's, a reference to its location on Roney Lane. Roney's closed in 2014 reopened at another location in 2015. The sign was moved to the new location in Milford, OH. The Roy Rogers building was housing Chandler Auto Sales by 2019. For more, see this website. [map]

This Pioneer Lodge sign in Springdale, UT might have been a repurposed Roy Rogers sign. I believe the motel opened in 1963. That sign is now in storage in Cedar City, UT.

former Roy Rogers
Apex, NC
This former Roy Rogers building has housed Dallas Famous Chicken n' Biscuits since 1981. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Columbus, GA
This former Roy Rogers is now home to Shark's Fish & Chicken. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Woodbridge, VA
former Roy Rogers
Celina, OH
This former Roy Rogers in Warrenton housed an Enterprise Rent-A-Car office for many years. It now houses All About Burger. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Roy Rogers in Celina now houses Lester's Tobacco Shack. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Norman, OK
former Roy Rogers
Oklahoma City, OK
The former Roy Rogers in Norman is now occupied by a Pizza Shuttle restaurant. [map]

The former Roy Rogers in Oklahoma City now houses the Sala Thai Restaurant. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Oklahoma City, OK
former Roy Rogers
Lawton, OK
This former Roy Rogers in Oklahoma City now houses Armando's Mexican Grill. [map]

This former Roy Rogers in Lawton has housed the China Wok Express since at least 2008. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Northridge, CA
former Roy Rogers [gone]
Ventura, CA
This former Roy Rogers in Northridge has housed the Falafel Palace since at least 2007. [map]

This former Roy Rogers in Ventura housed El Taco de Mexico when this photo was taken in 2012. That business moved in 2016. The building remained vacant until 2017 when it was demolished.

former Roy Rogers
Van Nuys, CA
former Roy Rogers
Portland, OR
This former Roy Rogers building in Van Nuys has housed a Starbucks since 2015. Before that, the building housed an Arby's and even had a classic neon hat sign. [map]

This former Roy Rogers building in Portland was vacant in 2007. By 2009, the building was housing a Voodoo Doughnut. This photo is from 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Houston, TX
2018: 2021:
This former Roy Rogers housed the Zone d'Erotica since at least 2007. The sex shop closed around 2019. In 2021, it began housing a Velvet Taco. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Houston, TX
This former Roy Rogers was built in 1960. The building now houses the Hungry Farmer Barbecue restaurant. There are many of these Longhorn Bull statues around the country. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Houston, TX
former Roy Rogers
Irving, TX
This former Roy Rogers in Houston has housed the Taqueria Don Taco since around 2018. Before that, it was a used car lot office. [map]

This former Roy Rogers in Irving has housed a Subway since at least 2008. [map]

More former Roy Rogers:
Bladensburg, MD
Greensboro, NC
Memphis, TN
Corpus Christi, TX [gone]
Green Bay, WI [map]

Chicago, IL
Pepe's Mexican Restaurant
Chicago, IL
Atlanta area, GA
Franksville hot dog restaurant chain was founded in 1963. In 1964, 20 locations were built including this one in Chicago which is the sole survivor. While most of the locations were built in the Chicago area, there were locations in Georgia, possibly New York City, and presumably elsewhere. This is the only sign known to still exist. The cartoon-like engineer and hot-dog shaped train were meant to appeal to children. The embossed plastic panels are about 10 feet wide and are still internally lit at night. The sign revolved until a few years ago. The building at this location was destroyed by fire in 1967. It was rebuilt in the same style. [map]

Pepe's Mexican Restaurant occupies a former Franksville location. [map]

There are other former locations in Burbank, IL, Downers Grove, IL, Joliet, IL, and Peoria, IL. There may be other examples of the chain's unique, double A-frame buildings left. If you come across any, I'd love to hear from you. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [ads thanks Robby Delius]

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