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A-Frame Chains & Other Eateries (page 1)

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Der Wienerschnitzel was founded in Wilmington, CA in 1961. The company claims to be the "world's largest hot dog chain". Now known simply as "Wienerschnitzel", they have over 340 restaurants in 10 states. In 1962, their distinctive building was introduced: a giant red-roofed A-frame pierced by a drive-thru window. There are hundreds if not thousands of these buildings left across the country - most of them housing other businesses. I'm only including a few examples here. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

For more about Der Wienerschnitzels and other A-frame style food chains from the early 1960s, see Chad Randl's book A-frame.

Der Wienerschnitzel
Wilmington, CA
This Der Wienerschnitzel is the company's original location. It was built in 1961. This is the original building which featured both walk-up and drive-thru service from the beginning. There was originally nothing on the roof. The signs have been updated. For more, see this website. [map]

Der Wienerschnitzel [gone]
Salt Lake City, UT
former Der Wienerschnitzel
Denver, CO
This Der Wienerschnitzel retained its original A-frame building when this photo was taken in 2006. Somewhere along the line, Wienerschnitzel painted the red roofs yellow. I believe this building is gone now.

This former Der Wienerschnitzel now houses Hot Chick-a-Latte. The drive-thru in the middle of the building is still in use. An addition has been added to the back of the building. [map]

former Der Wienerschnitzel
Las Vegas, NV

2006:

2014:
In 2006, this Der Wienerschnitzel was vacant. It had been "Straight from Philly Steakout", part of a steak sandwich chain. In 2007, the building was repainted and became the Llantera, a Mexican take-out restaurant. This business was short-lived and the building became vacant again. It was still vacant when the photo above was taken in 2014. It was still vacant in 2016. [map]

former Der Wienerschnitzel [gone]
Hampton, VA
former Der Wienerschnitzel
Los Angeles, CA
former Der Wienerschnitzel
Burbank, CA
This former Der Wienerschnitzel in Hampton was built in 1968. The building housed The Dog House when this photo was taken in 2010. The building was still there in 2012 but gone by 2015.

The former Der Wienerschnitzels in Los Angeles and Burbank now house Original Tommy's Hamburgers locations. [Los Angeles map]; [Burbank map]

Der Wienerschnitzel
San Jose, CA
Der Wienerschnitzel
Pomona, CA
These Der Wienerschnitzels in San Jose and Pomona are examples of the early, smaller buildings. They have doors in the middle of the buildings instead of drive-thru lanes. The signs had been updated and reflect the company's dropping of the "Der" part of the name, as well as the company's association with Tastee-Freez. The San Jose location closed in 2015. By 2016, the building was housing the Flying Falafel. [San Jose map]; [Pomona map]

Der Wienerschnitzel
San Jose, CA
Der Wienerschnitzel
San Jose, CA
Der Wienerschnitzel
San Jose, CA
The first two Der Wienerschnitzel locations above are very similar to those shown in the row above but with the roof pinched at the top. I have not noticed this design used anywhere else but San Jose. Note that the first location has a drive-thru in the middle of the building while the other does not.

The third Der Wienerschnitzel location above is the more common, larger building design with the non-pinched roof and the drive-thru lane through the building. [Story Rd. map]; [4th St. map]; [Santa Clara St. map]

former Der Wienerschnitzel
Baldwin Park, CA
former Der Wienerschnitzel
Alameda, CA
This former Der Wienerschnitzel in Baldwin Park housed Tono's Taco when this photo was taken in 2012. By 2014, the building was housing 626 Hawaiian BBQ & BOBA. This was another of the earlier, smaller buildings without a drive-thru in the middle. [map]

This former Der Wienerschnitzel in Alameda was vacant when this photo was taken in 2014. By 2016, it was housing the Vietnam House. For more, see this website. [map]

Der Wienerschnitzel
Sacramento, CA
This Der Wienerschnitzel was built as #263 in the chain. [map]

former Der Wienerschnitzel
Fresno, CA
former Der Wienerschnitzel
Sacramento, CA
This former Der Wienerschnitzel in Fresno now houses Lola's Ricos Tacos. For more, see this website. [map]

There is also a still-operating Der Wienerschnitzel A-frame in Fresno.

This former Der Wienerschnitzel in Sacramento is an example of the chain's non-A-frame design. These buildings still had a drive-thru in the middle of the building. I'm told there were also hot dog shaped door pulls. The building previously housed Miyako Teriyaki Bowl. Since about 2014, the building has housed La Favorita Taqueria. [map]

More former Der Wienerschnitzels:
Flagstaff, AZ [map]

Heap Big Beef was a nationwide, late 1960s roast beef chain. Although the company is long gone and none of the locations are still operating, many of the buildings still around. For more, see this website.

former Heap Big Beef
Tampa, FL
former Heap Big Beef
Greensboro, NC
former Heap Big Beef
Rumford, RI
This Heap Big Beef in Tampa now houses Nick's Gyros & Subs. [map]

There is another surviving building in Tampa which now houses a used car dealership.

This Heap Big Beef in Greensboro has housed Ghassan's restaurant since 1975. [map]

This Heap Big Beef in Rumford now houses Lovely Nails. [map]

former Heap Big Beef
Youngstown, OH
former Heap Big Beef
Millbrae, CA
This Heap Big Beef in Youngstown now houses Joe Restaurant. [map]

This Heap Big Beef in Millbrae was built in 1968. It has housed El Super Burrito since 1977. This adapted sign is the only one that I know of that still exists. [map]

former Heap Big Beef [gone]
Westland, MI
former Heap Big Beef
Marlow Heights, MD
former Heap Big Beef
Moline, IL
This Heap Big Beef in Westland housed the Village Place Coney Island when this photo was taken in 2009. I believe it closed after 2011. The building was gone by 2015.

This Heap Big Beef in Marlow Heights housed Jerry's Subs & Pizza when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2012, the building houses Mama's Soul Food. the building was vacant in 2016. [map]

This Heap Big Beef in Moline now houses Jack Chiropractic. [map]

former Heap Big Beef
Grand Rapids, MI
former Heap Big Beef
Oklahoma City, OK
This Heap Big Beef in Grand Rapids housed the Sunrise Restaurant when this photo was taken in 2011. The front part of the building was an addition to the original building. The "A Meal or a Snack" sign was probably not original either. I have not seen any Heap Big Beef advertisements or vintage photos with that sign or one shaped like that on the building. The Sunrise Restaurant closed in 2012. The building was still vacant in 2015. In 2016, the building reopened as a Grand Coney location. The "A Meal or a Snack" sign is gone now. [map]

This Heap Big Beef in Oklahoma City was vacant when this photo was taken in 2011. Since later that year, the building has been housing Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs. The previous tenant was the Sweet Tea restaurant. Before that, it was the Pho 2000 restaurant. [map]

More former Heap Big Beefs:
Gadsden, AL
Phoenix, AZ
Bloomington, IL [map]
Kenner, LA
Springfield, MO [gone]

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