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Maryland Eateries

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former Circle Drive-in
Baltimore, MD
2004: 2010:
The building was constructed for the Circle Drive-in in 1947. It was still operating in the 1980s. In 1999, Petrucci's took over the building. The building later housed Joe's Italian Ices. In 2004, the Circle Drive-in Ice Cream Company opened in the building. The owners were talking about restoring the burger sign at that point. However, by 2010, the building was housing a used car lot office and the sign was gone. By 2012, the building was vacant. For more, see this website. [map]

Snow White Grill [gone]
Hagerstown, MD
2007: 2010:
former Snow White Grill
Frederick, MD
The Snow White Grill building in Hagerstown featured white porcelain enamel panels. Those panels had been there since at least the early 1940s when the building housed the Tommy Tucker hamburger shop. The Snow White Grill opened sometime after that. In 2006, the Bridge of Life Church purchased the building and the former Colonial Theatre next door. The church operated the restaurant at a loss until it closed in 2007. In 2014, the church removed the exterior panels and converted the interior into office space. The panels may still be in storage.

This Snow White Grill in Frederick was the first location. It opened in 1939 and closed in 2004. The interior was completely gutted and replaced. However, the exterior is pretty much intact. The building housed the Tajitu Ethiopian restaurant when these photos were taken in 2005. Since 2012, the building has housed Sabor de Cuba. The "Hamburgers" sign above the blue roof has been either covered up or removed. [map]

These buildings were part of the Snow White Grill chain. The location in Winchester, VA is still operating. There were also at least three locations in Baltimore, MD, one in Towson, MD; one in Martinsburg, WV; and another one in Frederick, MD. There may have been others as well. These buildings were produced by the Structural Porcelain Enamel Co. which also built the panels for Little Taverns, Tom Thumb shops, and A&W Hot Shoppes. For more, see this website.

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