Texas Eateries

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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 due to highway expansion. It's not known if it will be reinstalled later. 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]

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]

Runaway Train Cafe
Brownwood, TX
The Runaway Train Cafe opened in 2005. It is housed in a former railroad car. [map]

Jim's Restaurant #1
San Antonio, TX

Jim's Restaurant #3
San Antonio, TX

Jim's Restaurant #4
San Antonio, TX
Jim's Restaurant #6
San Antonio, TX
Jim's Restaurant #10
San Antonio, TX
Jim's Restaurant #14
San Antonio, TX
The Jim's Restaurants chain traces its origins to a hamburger stand which opened in 1947. G. "Jim" Hasslocher's stand grew to become the Frontier Drive-In. Apparently, Jim's Restaurants originated in the 1960s. Jim's #6 opened in 1971. There are now 15 locations in San Antonio, three in Austin and one in Helotes. The locations shown here appear to be from the 1960s. For more, see this website. [#1 map]; [#3 map]; [#4 map]; [#6 map]; [#10 map]; [#14 map]

Earl Abel's Restaurant
San Antonio, TX

2006 [demolished location]:

2011 [new location]:
Earl Abel's Restaurant opened its first drive-in in 1933. Soon, there were a total of seven locations. During World War II, Earl Abel sold off all of them except this location. This one had opened in 1940 and offered drive-in service with car hops as well as indoor seating. In 2006, the restaurant closed and the building was demolished. In 2007, the Earl Abel's name and recipes were sold and the restaurant reopened a couple miles away. The neon sign was restored and reinstalled at the new location. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

More Texas Restaurants:
Taco Loco Wagon (Dallas)
Krispy Chicken (Waco)

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