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.

St. Petersburg, FL
The only still-operating Biff Burger location is in St. Petersburg. 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.

former Biff-Burger
Montgomery, AL
In 2006, this former Montgomery Biff-Burger was being converted into Uncle Peter's Seafood & Barbeque. I don't know if they are keeping the checkerboard pattern on the building or the framework of the old sign.

former Biff-Burger
Pittsburgh, PA


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.

former Biff-Burger
Bristol, VA
The 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.

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

former Biff-Burger
Concord, NC
This Concord Biff-Burger is now a used car lot. After Biff-Burger closed, the building was used as a Kentucky Fried Chicken location. This might explain the addition of the tower on the roof.

former Biff-Burger
Auburndale, FL
This Auburndale Biff-Burger most recently housed Richie's Northern Pizza. These photos were from 2009 when the building was vacant. In 2011, the building had been restored and reopened as Jay's Place. For more, see this website.

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

The Land O' Lakes Biff-Burger building 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. The building now houses JC Automax, a used car dealer.

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.

former Biff-Burger
now Beef Burger
Greensboro, NC
This Greensboro Biff-Burger opened 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.

More Biff-Burgers:
Haines City, FL
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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