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Dari-Delite

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Dari-Delite
Swissvale, PA
2006: 2012:

Dari-Delite [gone]
Lake Isabella, CA
Dari-Delite
Somerset, NJ
Garner Drive-in
Berryville, AR
Ohio City Ice Cream Co.
Cleveland, OH

Shari's Drive-in
Tucson, AZ
Dari-Delite
Hot Sulphur Springs, CO
Dari-Delite was apparently a nationwide chain with other locations near Pittsburgh (Trafford, Glassport, and Turtle Creek), as well as Clanton, AL), Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, and most likely other states.

The Dari-Delite in Swissvale is still in operation. These 2012 photos were taken when the stand was closed for the season. [map]

The Lake Isabella and Somerset Dari-Delites are other examples of this chain's signs. The Lake Isabella sign was painted over for another business sometime between 2008 and 2012. The Somerset building have been repainted red and yellow since this 2009 photo. [Somerset map]

The Garner Drive-in and Shari's Drive-in are also former Dari-Delites. The embossed lettering still shows through the repainted signs. The Dari-Delite in Tucson may have been built in 1953. Shari's closed in 2008. These photos are from 2012. The building was still vacant in 2016. The sign is still there but has been painted white. [Garner map]; [Shari's map]

The Ohio Ice Cream Co. opened in 2011. It was built around 1956 as a Dari-Delite. The Ohio Ice Cream Co. closed in 2013 and Mason's Creamery moved into the space. For more, see this website. [map]

I don't know if this Dari-Delite in Hot Sulphur Springs was ever part of this chain or if it just used the same name. [map]

More Dari-Delites:
Albany, NY [vintage]
Wilmerding, PA

I don't know if the buildings shown below were part of the same chain as the one described above. Probably not. The company, or one of them, was established by 1950, with headquarters in East Moline, IL. This advertisement from 1967 reflects the logo that was associated with this building style. [advertisement scan thanks Robby Delius]

former Dari-Delite
Chamblee, GA
former Dari-Delite
Decatur, GA
This former Dari-Delite ice cream stand in Chamblee now houses the Flower Craft florist shop. [map]

This former Dari-Delite in Decatur is mostly concealed behind strip mall false front. The weathervane appears to be original. [photo thanks Karen Griffin Dean] [map]

former Dari-Delite
Tyler, TX
This former Dari-Delite now houses a Star Donuts. The location features part of the rooftop weathervane and the bottom half of the original sign. [map]

former Dari-Delite
Burton, MI
This former Dari-Delite now houses Denam Auto Brokers & Trailer Sales. [map]

former Dari-Delite
Lakewood, CO
This former Dari-Delite now houses Angels with Paws, a rescue organization and animal shelter for cats. [map]

former Dari-Delite
Denver, CO
This former Dari-Delite now houses a Santiago's Mexican Restaurant. I believe this location was built in 1964. [map]

former Dari-Delite
Napa, CA
This former Dari-Delite is perhaps the best preserved location left. It has the plastic signs of the Dee and Dee-Dee on the building and the pole sign's frames are intact. The building now houses Big D Burgers. [map]

former Dari-Delite
West Sacramento, CA
former Dari-Delite
Fairfield, CA
This former Dari-Delite in West Sacramento now houses Salsa Tacos. It has been here since at least 1966. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Dari-Delite in Fairfield now houses the Latino Beauty Salon. [map]

former Dari-Delite
Linda, CA
This former Dari-Delite now houses Los Chiles. Until at least 2012, the building still had the Dee and Dee-Dee signs on the building. It was known as Big Lem's Bar-B-Q at that point. Those signs have been painted over. These photos are from 2015. [map]

former Dari-Delite
Yuba City, CA
This former Dari-Delite now houses the Taqueria La Grande. [map]

former Dari-Delite
Merrill, WI
This former Dari-Delite now houses the Parkside Pre-School Center. Part of the original pole sign is still there. [map]

former Dari-Delite
Point Pleasant, NJ
This former Dari-Delite housed Lenny's Pizza when these photos were taken in 2012. By 2014, the building was housing Point Pizza by Pudgy. [map]

former Dari-Delite
Phoenix, AZ
former Dari-Delite
Phoenix, AZ
The first former Dari-Delite shown above housed the Great Dane's Doghouse for at least 10 years. It was then vacant in 2016. Since 2017, the building has housed the 613 Grill. [map]

The second former Dari-Delite shown above has housed Salsita's Mexican Food since at least 2007. [map]

former Dari-Delite
Phoenix, AZ
former Dari-Delite
Mesa, AZ
This former Dari-Delite in Phoenix has housed Shoot the Bull since around 2000. [map]

This former Dari-Delite in Mexca now houses Los Picos Parrilla Restaurant. [map]

Dari-Delite
Taft, CA
This Dari-Delite sign looks close to the original design for this chain. However, the building is entirely different from the others. [map]

former Dari-Delite
Redding, CA
This former Dari-Delite now houses Dude's Drive Inn. It was built in 1965. I have never seen a Dari-Delite with a canopy like this. [map]

More Dari-Delites:
Hartselle, AL
Applewood, CO
Oakland Park, FL
Seymour, IN
Lewiston, ME
Rochester, MN

If you know of any others, I'd love to hear about them.

former Dairy Delite
Eagle Lake, TX
This former Dairy Delite was probably not related to either chain described above. The building housed a Chinese food restaurant when these photos were taken in 2011. After that, it housed Chavelita's Taqueria. I believe the building is vacant now. For more, see this website. [map]

There were also Dari-Delites built in Connecticut but I don't believe they were related to either of the chains described above.
East Windsor, CT
Meriden, CT

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