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  • Robin

    You forgot my favorite. Herffys!

    • Mike

      I worked for one in San Jose CA. in the early 70’s! It was owned by Campbell’s (like the soup) I think.

    • PeaCat

      Herfy’s the Seattle chain?

  • pH

    Reminds me of a few chains in this area (from my younger days in the 60’s) – don’t know if they went beyond the metro here.
    One was Red Barn. Yep, barn shaped, bright red, and every bit as garish as then McDonalds. But they ran into student protests, accusing it of ramming said garishness into older business areas (ie, the same as other fast food chains). They eventually poofed.
    Another was the Quarterback Club (I think was the name). Their roof was in the shape of a half of a football. But I DO remember that the work uniform of the females was very skimpy. Hey, I was a young man then. Again, don’t know why they poofed.

  • Mar Lie

    A few Gino locations are back in business in Towson and Glen Burnie, Maryland.

  • oriole1952

    I believe Gino’s was first conceived as Ameche’s Powerhouse. There was one at Loch Raven Blvd and Taylor ave in Baltimore County. It was a drive-in with car hops. After Gino Marchetti retired he went into business with Alan Ameche. and the Ameche’s became Gino’s and the Ameche powerhouse burger became the Gino Giant. The Giant was sold in Baltimore before te big Mac and was more popular for quite awhile. I haven’t lived in the area for decades, but I’ve heard from friends one or two Ginos have been re-introduced. Almost all the Gino’s became Roy Rogers after the buyout and then Marriott killed Roy Rogers too. BAD move both times as Gino’s and Roy’s were better than many of today’s chains. Also Gino was the KFC seller in the middle Atlantic region..no KFC stores til Gino’s was gone.

    • Jim_L

      I went to Baltimore Polytechnic in 1962-1965 and there was a Gino’s across North Avenue on the corner of North Ave and St. Paul St. We used to go over there and get lunch and a cigarette. That’s when a burger, shake and fries were about $ .50 and a pack of smokes was a quarter. Of course gas was only $ .19 a gallon too.


    Never heard of let alone been to any of them and i’m over 60.

  • CoffeeGlss

    By the way, it wasn’t “triple threat” It was a triple treat.

  • ny2223jv

    White tower and Wetsons Also

  • olddude

    also forgot “Red Barn”. they made great chicken, the big barney, and the barnbuster.

  • Richard

    They forgot Westerns

  • fromphoenix

    Also forgot Wetson’s and Buddies Burger from New York.

  • Dave Cummins

    And, the Sambo’s in Dover, DE?

  • PeaCat

    Sambo’s was actually named after the tale “Little Black Sambo” a tale set in INDIA, not named after African American men! Do your research! The origins of the story and the chain got all muddled up in pre-political correctness and ignorant outrage prone professional victims took to thinking it was named for a stereotype of African Americans.

    • Tim O’hare

      No it was a composite of the two founders names.

      • Michael Roche

        The name Sambo’s may have been a combination of the founder’s names but the mascot/logo was of the “Little Black Sambo” character. I could be misinformed about the demise but I understood that Sambos and Village Inn merged.

      • belle

        The founders probably enjoyed all the attention. It might have even helped business because people were talking about it and debating the origin of the name.

      • dr.obvious

        yup . . .

    • Felecia L.S.

      A large mural of a child running around a tree with a tiger (if i remember correctly) chasing the child. Sambo went around the tree so fast and for so long, the tiger became melted butter. Is that correct?

    • dr.obvious

      Recently ate in the last remaining Sambo’s in Santa Barbara on Cabrillo Blvd – so it ain’t dead yet.

  • westvirginiarebel

    I remember Sambo’s from when I was little.

  • Rachettman

    you forgot about Jack in the Box

    • belle

      They also forgot about Taco Viva!

  • Tim O’hare

    They forgot RED BARN best fried chicken.

    • ReneeDiva Marrow Green

      wow Red Barn was my brother in laws favorite back in the day , yummy

  • Michelle Neff

    borden burger

  • ReneeDiva Marrow Green

    there are a few Roy Rogers in the VA area, my mother liked their chicken , my son would eat the burgers, but I remember going there on Sundays for brunch, in the 80’s

  • ReneeDiva Marrow Green

    it was Red Barn

  • Dennis R

    Gone, but not forgotten was Famous Recipe Chicken. There was one located in Clinton, Iowa. About two blocks away was a Minnie Pearl’s Chicken. Sad to say that they are now gone. ;-(

  • John M. Giovo

    anyone heard of Carrols

  • Felecia L.S.

    I live a few blocks away from Tommy’s near Franklin Village. Chili fries are still delicious and no one can forget the burgers. Yep. It’s still a great dive.

  • Felecia L.S.

    Arby’s are over salted. Way over.

  • Felecia L.S.

    Sambo’s located in Santa Monica California was always crowded. People were cheerful and happy. “Have a Nice Day” was always echoed when anyone left. Talk about a friendly place. Good times. Good Memories.

  • zev g

    wetsons was pre mac donalds. .big stores
    omner married margau hemmingway

  • belle

    Are there any White Castles left?

  • dr.obvious

    And Tommy’s has now expanded from their original Rampart and Beverly location all across the Los Angeles valley . .

  • dr.obvious

    Then there was Naugels (So Cal split from Del Taco), Farrells in So Cal (was an ice cream parlor that collapsed but has recently reappeared), Pup n Taco. and is Der Weinerschnetzel still around?

  • Joseph R Greco

    Don’t forget Carroll’s hamburgers, bought out by Burger King a long time ago.Their 49 cent Club burger was delicious and was huge.The Red Barn was another chain that was big in the seventies and dissapeared.

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