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The first Burger Chef opened in Indianapolis, IN in 1958. By the 1960s, there were locations in 38 states and, by 1969, there were 1,000 locations. But in the 1970s, under the ownership of General Foods, the company went into decline. Many became Hardee's outlets, some became Mr. Cook restaurants. The last operating Burger Chef closed in 1996. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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Portland, OR
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Hazlet, NJ
The former Burger Chef in Portland was vacant when this photo was taken in 2008. It had been housing the 6th Avenue Deli. In 2011, the building was being used as a temporary office for a construction company working across the street. By 2014, the building was occupied by Mak's Mini Mart. [map]

The former Burger Chef in Hazlet and its sign were converted into Jim's Burger Haven. Although the building no longer resembled the original, a couple of old Burger Chef trash cans remained in use. In 2009, Jim's Burger Haven closed. In 2010, the building and sign were demolished.

More Portland Burger Chefs:
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Kenova, WV
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Albuquerque, NM
This Burger Chef in Kenova closed around 1985. The building now houses a Stewarts Original Hot Dogs. For more, see this page. [map]

The former Burger Chef in Albuquerque was occupied by Liu Chinese Fast Food when this photo was taken in 2012. The sign had been adapted. Since 2014, the building has housed the Central Grill and Coffee House. [map]

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Martinsburg, WV
This former Burger Chef in Martinsburg was vacant when this photo was taken in 2012. It previously housed Union Sales Dodge. [map]

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Pikesville, MD

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2005:
The Pikesville Burger Chef was home to the the Pikesville Home & Garden Center for many years. In 2005, the vacant building was used for a TV commercial for the Yellow Book phone book. The exterior had been painted and there was a mock-up counter in the interior. By 2007, the building and sign were gone. [2005 photos thanks Spencer Stewart]

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Baltimore, MD

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2010:
This former Burger Chef has been home to the Roost since 1974. By 2007, the sign had been artfully repainted. [map]

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Richmond, VA
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Emporia, KS
This former Burger Chef in Richmond appears to be owned and/or partially used by the auto repair business next door. The sign is gone. [map]

This Burger Chef building in Emporia was vacant when this photo was taken in 2010. It was still vacant in 2012. [map]

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Junction City, KS
This former Burger Chef still featured the original lights inside. The building housed Street Rods when these photos were taken in 2010. Around 2012, the building was demolished.

Schroeder's Drive-in
Danville, IL
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Conway, SC
Schroeder's Drive-in opened as a Burger Chef in 1960. The name was changed and sign adapted in 1992. The building looks nothing like the original. Schroeder's closed in 2014. I don't know what will happen with this sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The former Burger Chef in Conway is now used as Conway Ford's used car lot. [map]

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Petersburg, VA
This former Burger Chef now houses Sal's Pizza & Italian Restaurant. [second photo thanks Robby Delius] [map]

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Beaumont, TX
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Ocala, FL
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Springfield, MA
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Metairie, LA
All that remains of this former Burger Chef in Beaumont is what remains of the sign. When this photo was taken in 2006, the sign was advertising for Senor Toro's Mexican Restaurant. By 2011, the sign had been changed for $25 Optical. [map]

This former Burger Chef sign in Ocala has been adapted for Aunt Fannie's Restaurant. The building, if it is still original, has been drastically remodeled. [map]

This former Burger Chef sign in Springfield had been reworked for Dezi's Jewelry Exchange & Pawn. The building looks nothing like the original. This photo is from 2010. By 2013, the business had closed and the sign was painted white. [map]

The former Burger Chef in Metairie was last used as the Fun Arcade. It had the tell-tale roof arch and building style. The building was demolished in 2009 with plans to build a new restaurant on the site. The sign had been long gone.

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