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A-Frame Chains & Other Eateries (page 1)

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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. By 2017, the building was housing Paisano's. [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]

The Pup 'n' Taco chain was established in Pasadena, CA in 1965. The majority of the restaurants were in Southern California. The chain folded in 1984 when Taco Bell purchased its 99 locations. Three locations in Albuquerque and one in Los Angeles survived and went by the name of Pop 'n' Taco. However, these locations have all closed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

former Pup 'n' Taco
Albuquerque, NM
2012: 2017:
This former Pup 'n' Taco in Albuquerque housed Piggy's Hot Dogs & Hamburgers when these photos were taken. The building housed the La Hacienda Express in 2008. By 2014, the building was housing Speedway Subs & More. By 2015, it was housing Blunt Bros. Coffee. [map]

former Pup 'n' Taco
Albuquerque, NM
This former Pup 'n' Taco was still operating as a Pop 'n' Taco in 2009. It closed around 2011 and has been vacant since then. These photos are from 2012. The building was still vacant and the sign was still there in 2014. However, in 2015, it was announced that the building would be demolished and replaced with a bank. The building and sign were still there in 2016. In 2017, the building had been demolished but the sign was still there. [map]

former Pup 'n' Taco
Los Angeles, CA
former Pup 'n' Taco
Los Angeles, CA
former Pup 'n' Taco
Westminster, CA
The first former Pup 'n' Taco shown above has housed El Compita since around 2008. [map]

The second former Pup 'n' Taco shown above housed King Burger & Carryout when this photo was taken in 2013. By 2015, the building was housing Philly Steak House. By 2016, the building was housing Pizza 7. By 2018, it was housing Grilled Fraiche. [map]

The former Pup 'n' Taco in Westminster has housed an Original Tommy's since at least the 1980s. [map]

former Pup 'n' Taco
Reseda, CA
This former Pup 'n' Taco housed Home Plate Burgers and Fatburger in recent years. The building had been vacant since at least 2014. In 2017, it began housing 102 Smog Check Center. For more, see this website. [map]

More A-Frames
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Chip's Der
Wienerschnitzel
Foxy's, Lodge Coffee Shops
& Hyatt Coffee Shoppes
Golden Point
Griff's
Burger Bar
International
House of Pancakes
Mister Swiss Village Inn
Pizza Parlor
Whataburger Woody's
Smorgasburger

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