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Hut's Hamburgers
Austin, TX
Hut's Hamburgers was established at a different location in 1939. This building was constructed in 1939 for "Sammie's Drive-In". In 1947 and 1954, dining rooms were added. The building was used by "Eli's Lounge" and "Picante Mexican Restaurant" from 1964-1969. In 1969, Hut's Hamburgers moved here. [map]

Dot Coffee Shop
Houston, TX
The Dot Coffee Shop opened in 1967. The roofline and sign must have been modeled after Denny's restaurants. This sign was removed in 2017 during highway expansion. It was back in 2018. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Vick's Famous Hamburgers
Corpus Christi, TX
Burger Bar
Cleburne, TX
Vick's Famous Hamburgers was established in 1976. There are two locations but I don't know which one was built first. The peak on this roof is similar to Pizza Hut's buildings. However, the peak is too tall and the building too small. [map]

The Burger Bar opened here in the 1950s. The Coca-Cola bottle and hamburger signs cover up what is probably the former business' sign. Before Burger Bar opened, the building housed a taxi stand and a used car office. [map]

El Hut
El Paso, TX
former Wimpy's Hamburgers
Amarillo, TX
I don't know what restaurant the El Hut building housed originally. It housed the Caribe Mariscos restaurant until around 2015. This photo is from 2017. [map]

This former Wimpy's Hamburgers building was constructed in 1963. It now houses Gorditas El Comal. A very similar building houses a Wimpy's Grill in Durham, NC, now remodeled. [map]

Jack'n Jill Donuts
Temple, TX
There are Jack'n Jill Donuts stores all over Texas. This is the only one that I have seen in a building like this. It may not have been the original occupant. Most locations have 1960s/1970s plastic signs like this. I don't know when the location was established but I believe the only location with a neon sign is in Waco, TX. [map]

House of Pies
Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX
House of Pies
Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX
The House of Pies chain originated in Southern California in 1965. There are only three still-operating locations: one in Los Angeles and these two in Houston. The Kirby location opened in 1967. There are also two modern locations in Houston. [Kirby map]; [Westheimer map]

Williams Fried Chicken
Dallas, TX
The Williams Fried Chicken was established in 1987. This building was constructed in 1968. I don't know what restaurant was here originally. [map]

Star Burgers [gone]
Liberty Hill, TX
Fast Stop [gone]
Austin, TX
Dale's Grand Burger
Amarillo, TX
Star Burgers was built around 1980. I believe this was the only location. This photo is from 2011. The building was damaged by a fire later that year. It was demolished in 2012.

This Fast Stop gas station convenience store originally housed a Holiday House restaurant. It was there by 1963. This photo is from 2011. In 2013, the building and gas station in front of it were demolished. For more, see this website.

Dale's Grand Burger looks like it was built in the 1960s or 1970s. The roof is somewhat similar to those used by Fotomat but this roof is bigger and does not have the distinct three layers of shingles. [map]

Burger House
Dallas, TX
Burger House opened in 1951. There are seven other locations but this is the original one. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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