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Biff-Burger and Kenney's Drive-ins

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The Biff-Burger chain was founded in Clearwater, FL in the mid-1950s. Biff stands for "best in food fast". There were hundreds of locations. Most of them were in the Southeast but there were plenty of others on the East Coast as well. Biff offered "roto-broiled" burgers and their buildings incorporated a W-shaped roof and red, yellow and blue diamonds. The chain folded in the mid-1970s and most of the locations had closed by the 1980s. Many of the closed locations were converted to Burger Kings. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Biff-Burger
St. Petersburg, FL
This is the only still-operating Biff Burger location. It was built around 1962 and still offers indoor dining and drive-thru service. Their sign features a Sputnik-type ball on top like those at several Stewart's Root Beers. Biff's is right next door to Buffy's BBQ which features an open-air dining area/bar. They are both popular places with bikers and on Fridays which is Cruise Night. For more, see this website. [map]

former Biff-Burger
Montgomery, AL
This former Biff-Burger was being converted into Uncle Peter's Seafood & Barbeque when these photos were taken in 2006. By 2014, the building was occupied by Import Center Automotive. The checkerboard pattern on the building has been painted over. The sign has been adapted. [map]

former Biff-Burger
Pittsburgh, PA

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2012:
This former Biff-Burger had the original diamond pattern on the front of the building back in 2007. Since then, there has been a showroom addition to the front of the building. The two original wings still protrude from the building. The sign is long gone. The building now houses the Pittsburgh Auto Depot. [map]

former Biff-Burger
Bristol, VA
This former Biff-Burger is home to Allen Hodge Motors. The building still has evidence of the diamond pattern above the entrance and the sign has been reworked. [map]

former Biff-Burger
Warner Robins, GA
This former Biff-Burger building was last used by Buck's Used Cars & Trucks. It has been vacant since at least 1973. Despite its neglect, this building is the most intact of all those that remain. [map]

former Biff-Burger
Concord, NC
This former Biff-Burger now houses Simmons Auto Sales used car lot. After Biff-Burger closed, the building was used as a Kentucky Fried Chicken location. This might explain the addition of the steeple on the roof. [map]

former Biff-Burger
Auburndale, FL
This former Biff-Burger had previously housed Richie's Northern Pizza when these photos were taken in 2009. By 2011, the building had been restored and reopened as Jay's Place. For more, see this website. [map]

Cinnamon Sticks Cafe
Inverness, FL
former Biff-Burger
Land O' Lakes, FL
This former Biff-Burger sign in Inverness had adapted for the Cinnamon Sticks Cafe when this photo was taken in 2009. The building was an ordinary-looking rectangular box. By 2013, the sign had been adapted for a pawn shop. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Biff-Burger building in Land O' Lakes was moved here from Brandon, FL around 1976. It housed Smitty's restaurant until the mid-1980s. It then operated as Pogo's Drive-in from 1985-1987. The Biff-Burger diamonds still remained on the building until a used car business moved in and painted over them. This photo is from 2009. The building now houses Amazing Deals Auto, a used car dealer. [map]

former Biff-Burger
Phenix City, AL
This former Biff-Burger canopy was originally located closer to the river. Sometime after the restaurant closed, the canopy structure that covered the building was moved here. It was installed facing backwards. I don't know what business it was used for at that point. As of this 2010 photo, the lot is unoccupied. The Phenix City location opened in Phenix Plaza in 1963. It later became a Beef Burger. [map]

former Biff-Burger (now Beef Burger)
Greensboro, NC
This former Biff-Burger was built in 1961. It is the only other survivor of the chain besides the St. Petersburg location described at the top of this page. This restaurant was renamed "Beef Burger" in the 1980s. [map]

More Biff-Burgers:
Haines City, FL [map]
Waynesboro, VA [vintage]

Kenney's Drive-in
Lexington, VA
This Kenney's Drive-in location opened in the early 1960s. There was a Biff-Burger here originally and its 1950s building and sign were adapted. Kenney's was a Virginia chain that was founded in the 1960s. By 1980, all the locations were gone except this one. Not much has not changed inside or outside at this location and most of the original menu is still offered. The sign has been altered and it no longer has neon. The middle of the sign most likely read "Broiled Burgers 15". For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

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