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former Royal Castle
Cleveland, OH
former Royal Castle
Cleveland, OH

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former Royal Castle
Cleveland, OH
Theis Royal Castle building design was from around 1963, as evidenced by this patent. This vintage photo shows one being built. These locations closed in 1974. I don't know if there were any other locations built using this design. For more, see this website.

The first Royal Castles were built in Florida. I believe the company was established in the 1930s. One source says that, by 1960, there were 175 Royal Castles in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana. Early photos of the Ohio and Florida locations show the same "Fit for a King" terrazzo floor. The first location in Cleveland opened in 1940. By 1947, there were four locations in town. By 1955, there were 15 locations. The mid-century modern locations in the South look nothing like the Cleveland buildings shown here. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The location shown in the first row above is now a CashSmart check cashing office. [map]

The location in the second row was a Donut Connection in 2007. By 2012, it housed Ace Cash Express. [map]

The third location shown above has been vacant for many years. [map]

former Whopper Burger
San Antonio, TX
The first former Whopper Burger shown here now houses Burger Boy. There were at least eight locations in San Antonio at one point. Burger King bought out the company in the mid-1980s and began building their own locations in town. Some of the old Whopper Burger locations were taken over by Murf's Better Burgers. As far as I know, there are only these three buildings left. [map]

former Whopper Burger
San Antonio, TX
This former Whopper Burger now houses Frontline Smokehouse. [map]

former Whopper Burger
San Antonio, TX
This former Whopper Burger has been vacant for many years. [map]

former Krystal
Hudson, FL
Krystal was founded in 1932 in Chattanooga, TN and developed into a Southeastern chain. This Hudson building is an early example, complete with their signature crystal ball over the entrance. The building housed the Bowery Diner when these photos were taken in 2009. A Best of Philly is there now. The Krystal chain continues to expand and now has more than 400 locations. However, there are only a handful of these old buildings left and I don't believe any of them still house Krystal restaurants. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Krystal
Jackson, MS
former Krystal
New Orleans, LA
This former Krystal in Jackson now houses Taste of the Island Caribbean Take-Out. [map]

This former Krystal in New Orleans is now home to a Subway restaurant. [map]

former Hot 'n Now
Plainwell, MI
former Hot 'n Now
Marshfield, WI
The Hot 'n Now chain was founded in Kalamazoo, MI in 1984. By 1990, there were more than 150 locations in 15 states. After being acquired by Pepsi, the company went bankrupt in 2004. There is only one location still operating which is in Sturgis, MI. However, there are still many buildings left that have been repurposed or are still vacant. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

This Plainwell location had been abandoned for years. This photo is from 2011. By 2012, the building had been remodeled and was housing Taco Boy. By 2015, the building was housing Donk's Mexican Joint. [map]

The sign on the Plainwell building reflected the post-2000 Pepsi-redesigned logo. It would have originally looked like the one in Marshfield which was still open when this photo was taken in 2011. By 2015, the building was housing Papagalos: A Taste of Chicago. [map]

There is a former Hot 'n Now building in Toledo, OH. [map]

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