Mr. Burger, on Madison Street, as pictured in October 1965. (T-G File Photo)
Among Shelbyville's drive-in (and sit-down) restaurants in the 1960s, Mr. Burger, on Madison Street, seems to have been one of the longest-lasting.
It was located where Dr. Will Alcorn's dental office is today; in fact, today's building was built as the second Mr. Burger after the one pictured here burned.
Here's a look at the original Mr. Burger, from October 1965. The sign, which hopefully can be read here, proclaims "The Aristocrat of all Hamburgers" and portrays Mr. Burger as a hamburger with a head and a top hat.
Mr. Burger, of course, is grandfather of Jack Box -- you know, the hamburger man on the Jack in the Box TV commercials who was wiped out by a bus during the Super Bowl. And if you believe that...
Anyway, the drive-in part of Mr. Burger was behind the building. I remember it as having yellow neon lights (think mustard) over each stall. And I thought the burgers tasted great, at least to a very small boy.
Does anyone remember who owned Mr. Burger?
This photo and several other negatives in the envelope were apparently shot for Mr. Burger's owners rather than the newspaper, as none were published. I looked for them, though, and discovered Big Springs Shopping Center's first big stores, Big K and Cooper & Martin, opened in October 1965, and that was also the time Depot Street was widened to four lanes from Deery Street to Germantown Road.
Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog.