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Picturing the Past 8: Burger ChefPosted Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 11:25 AM
Burger Chef, from the 1960s or 1970s. (Photo provided by Jan Phillips)
Thanks to Jan Phillips for passing along this undated photo of Burger Chef, probably the main spot for street-cruisin' teens, and hungry folks of all ages, during the late 1960s and early-to-mid 1970s.
The building's still there, on Lane Parkway just up from the Union Street-Elm Street intersection where they meet up with Colloredo Boulevard, which wasn't there during the Chef's heyday. (Remember when a barber shop was in a building located where today is exactly in the middle of Colloredo?)
Apparently Burger Chef took over as the main hangout from the Rebel Maid and the other fast food restaurants from the 1950s and 1960s such as Mr. Burger, on Madison Street where Dr. Will Alcorn's dental office is today. Mr. Burger burgers were great as well. I think the original Mr. Burger building burned and the replacement structure is actually Dr. Alcorn's office building.
The Chef eventually faded as well; by my high school days in the mid-to-late 1970s Dairy Queen/Pizza Hut, followed by McDonald's in the late '70s, eventually attracted the crowds.
But I remember Burger Chef well, and am actually almost tasting one of their burgers in my mind.
A Consumer Price Index calculator indicates that the 15-cent hamburger mentioned on the sign would be worth 83 cents in today's dollars.
So what happened to the Burger Chef chain? More competition?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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