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]

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 looked like it was originally a restaurant. Does anyone know the building's history? This photo is from 2011. In 2013, the building was demolished.

Dale's Grand Burger looks like it was built in the 1960s or 1970s. [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]

New Clock Family Restaurant
El Paso, TX
The New Clock Family Restaurant sign looks a lot like this Bob's Big Boy. The "Coffee Shop" sign looks identical to the one at Mary Ann's Pig Stand in San Antonio. Records show that the building was built in 1957. Could this have been a Pig Stand or a Kip's Big Boy originally? Or could the New Clock have adopted a closed Pig Stand sign? The New Clock opened here in the 1970s. In 2011, the freestanding sign's circular panel was replaced with a clock graphic. The top row of photos is from 2008; bottom row from 2012. For more, see this website. [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]

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