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Giant Burger & Hot Dog Statues

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MacPherson's Drive-In [gone]
Long Beach, CA
Giant Burger [gone]
Max & Erma's
Pittsburgh, PA
Giant Burger [gone]
Max & Erma's
Columbus, OH
MacPherson's Drive-In originally had a giant burger over the roof. Later, when the restaurant switched to specializing in fried chicken around 1940, the whole building was covered with plaid. The name was also changed to MacPherson's Tom-O-Shanta.

The Pittsburgh Max & Erma's featured this giant burger above the entrance of the restaurant's downtown location. It was installed in 1998. This location closed in 2012 and the burger is gone now.

The burger in Columbus was installed on the back of Max & Erma's headquarters building in order to be visible from I-71. The company was bought out in 2010 and this burger is gone. I don't know of any other locations that have these giant burgers.

Giant Burger
Seymour, WI
Giant Burger
South of the Border
Dillon, SC
The Seymour Burger is a replica of the World's Largest Hamburger that was cooked here in 1989. The hamburger fed 13,000 people and was cooked on this 5,000 pound grill. I believe this statue was produced by FAST. Seymour is known as the "Home of the Hamburger" and a statue of its inventor, Hamburger Charlie, is just across the street. For more, see this website. [map]

The SOB Burger appears to be from the same mold as the Seymour Burger. It fits right in with all the other giant fiberglass statues, neon and carnival-like atmosphere of South of the Border. There are two giant ice cream cones nearby as well as a giant spark plug. For more about this place, see this page. [map]

63 Diner
Columbia, MO
Giant Burger
[gone?]
Suring, WI
Giant Burger
Waseca, MN
Giant Burger
Port Townsend, WA
The 63 Diner has a giant burger and fries displayed outside. This burger appears to have come from an A&W Family statue. The restaurant closed in 2015 and remains vacant. The burger and fries were still there in 2016. [map]

The fiberglass Giant Burger in Suring is located at Cool Twist Depot. I think this business and the burger may be gone now.

The wood-carved Giant Burger in Waseca is installed at Barney's Drive-in. [map]

The wood-carved Giant Burger in Port Townsend is located at Fat Smitty's restaurant. [map]

Giant Sandwich
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Norma's Burgers
Olympia, WA
The Giant Sandwich in North Myrtle Beach is installed on top of Oscar's sign. The 3-D sculpture features every imagineable sandwich filling. It is approximately six feet long. [map]

Norma's Burgers opened in 1993. This giant burger might have been installed then. [map]

EZ's Burger Deluxe
Wenatchee, WA
2008: 2016:
EZ's Burger Deluxe has been here since 1992. Between 2009 and 2012, the soft drink cup was repainted from Coca-Cola to Pepsi-Cola. The burger and fries were also repainted. For more, see this website. [map]

Major's Burgers
Yakima, WA
Major's Burgers
Union Gap, WA
These two Major's Burgers locations feature giant burgers, fries and cups on the restaurants' roofs. There was also a spinning plate of food at a location in Kennewick, WA. That location is gone now. The Yakima location opened in 2000. [Yakima map]; [Union Gap map]

Carnitas Michoacan #3
Los Angeles, CA
TV Cafe [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
Sam's Tacos
Los Angeles, CA
Carnitas Michoacan #3 features a giant burger, fries, drink and dinosaur on the roof. The place is closing in 2016 and will be replaced with a Panda Express. I don't know what will happen with the giant food. [map]

Sam's Tacos is just around the corner from Carnitas Michoacan #3. The burger, fries and drink appear to be the same design. The elephant and giraffe are probably the work of a different artist. [map]

This photo of the TV Cafe was taken in 2008. By 2012, the building was gone. The giant food and animal sculptures have enough variation that I don't think they are the same ones that are at Sam's Tacos. For more, see this website.

More Giant Hamburgers:
Burger Dive Burgermobile (Somerville, MA) [map]
Westport Flea Market Burgermobile (Kansas City, MO)
Burgermobile (near Riverhead, NY)
Hi-Way Drive-in (Carrington, ND)

Henry's Drive-in
Cicero, IL
Henry's Drive-in opened here in 1950. This hot dog sign was built in 1960. Just down the street from Henry's, there was another restaurant known as Bunyon's that had a Giant Man holding a hot dog. Bunyon's closed and the statue was moved to Atlanta, IL in 2003. For more, see this website. [map]

Fast Track
Chicago, IL
Pal's Sudden Service
Elizabethton, TN
Pal's Sudden Service
Bristol, TN
Fast Track features this giant hot dog sign. It may have been inspired by the Henry's Drive-in hot dog (described above) which is not that far away. For more, see this website. [map]

Pal's Sudden Service was founded in 1956 by Fred "Pal" Barger with a drive-in in Kingsport, TN. The company now has 18 locations in Virginia and Tennessee. In 1984, this drive-thru-only building was designed. The original napkin sketch included this stair-stepped front with the giant burger, hot dog, fries and drink. The first of these buildings opened in 1985 in Kingsport, TN and there are more than 15 of them now. For more about Pal's, see this website. [Elizabethton map]; [Bristol map]

Tail O' the Pup
Hollywood, CA
Top Dog
Portland, CT
The Tail O' the Pup is a 17 foot long hot dog. It was designed by architect Milton J. Black in 1938 and built in 1945. It was nearly destroyed in 1985 before it was saved and moved one block east. The original location had chrome bar stools in front. In 2005, the restaurant closed and the giant hot dog was put in storage. It was confirmed in 2013 that it is still in storage. In 2014, the structure was moved to Las Vegas where there were plans to restore it. At that time, the intent was to return the structure to the Los Angeles area where it would be used as a hot dog stand again. Ultimately, in 2017, it was donated to the Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth, CA and moved to storage in North Hollywood for now. It will be displayed at the museum after it is restored. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

This hot dog stand at Canobie Lake Amusement Park in Salem, NH was inspired by the Tail O' the Pup.

The Top Dog hot dog stand is a converted 16 foot long Airstream trailer. In 1981, when Andrea Spaulding fantasized about opening a restaurant, her husband bought this trailer and transformed it for her. Al also restored the 1972 Checker Cab which sits next to the trailer and tows it to state fairs and such. Although the giant weenie is topped with relish and onions, Andrea is famous for her two types of meat toppings. For more, see this website. [map]

Wienermobile
San Jose, CA
The first Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was built in 1936. The one shown here is one of the six modern models which was parked temporarily at a supermarket. For more, see this website.

Van Hanson's Meat Market
Shakopee, MN
The Van Hanson's Meat Market giant hot dog was built on a VW chassis. It was apparently inspired by the Wienermobile.

Giant Hot Dog
Hatch, NM
2012: 2017:
This Giant Hot Dog was installed on poles next to Franciscan RV in 2012. It advertised for Sparky's Restaurant which is located just a few blocks away. Both businesses are owned by Teaku Nunn who has many other fiberglass statues on display in town. By 2015, the Hot Dog had been moved to the nearby former Dairy Queen building and installed on the ground. It was advertising for Dragon City Fireworks which occupied the building at that time. In 2017, the building appeared to be vacant. However, the hot dog and Tyrannosaurus Rex were still there. [map]

Coney Island Dairyland
Aspen Park, CO

2004:

Coney Island Boardwalk
Bailey, CO

2012:

The Coney Island Dairyland hot dog shaped building is 42 foot long, 15 foot tall. It is made of concrete and steel and weighs 14 tons. It seats ten people at the stools inside. The stand opened originally in Denver, CO in 1966 as the "Boardwalk at Coney Island". The design was patented that same year with plans to open another 15 stands like it in Denver. However, I believe this was the only one that was built. This stand closed in 1968 and was moved to a mobile home park for a couple of years. It was then moved to Aspen Park, CO where it reopened in 1970 as the Coney Island Dairyland.

Around 2005, the land on which it stood was sold with plans to build a bank. In 2006, the building was moved to Bailey, CO where it was restored. In 2007, it reopened as the Coney Island Boardwalk. In 2015, the building and property were put up for sale for $1,495,000. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Between the Buns [gone?]
Orlando, FL
The Between the Buns hot dog stand was located at a Chevron gas station when these photos were taken in 2009. I believe it opened in 2005. The trailer transformation was done in Boston, MA. In 2010, the stand was put up for sale when the owner announced he was moving to Boston. I don't know if the stand is still there or if it has reopened elsewhere.

former Red's Hot Dogs [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
Taxi Dogs
Seattle, WA
Red's Hot Dogs moved into this building in the late 1990s and only lasted a few years. I believe Red's was the business that installed this fiberglass hot dog on the roof. Thai Town Express moved into the building in 2007 but had moved out in 2008 when this photo was taken. By 2013, the building had been demolished and this hot dog was gone.

Taxi Dogs is a food stand in Pike Place market. This giant hot dog is about six feet long. For more, see this website. [map]

Village Liquor & Market
Burbank, CA
2008: 2013:
This hot dog is installed on the roof of Village Liquor & Market. It is about six feet long. [map]

Giant Hot Dog
Lindstrom, MN
Giant Hot Dog
Minneapolis, MN
Hefty's Coney Island
Redford, MI
The Hot Dog in Lindstrom is installed on the roof of Deutschland Meats. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hot Dog in Minneapolis was located inside at the Gaviidae Common Food Court when this photo was taken in 2008. I believe the food court and this statue are gone now. For more, see this website.

Hefty's Coney Island has a rooftop giant hot dog. It appears to be from a 1960s International Fiberglass mold as featured in the company's catalog. [map]

Vicious Dogs [gone]
North Hollywood, CA
Tanner's Big Orange
Greenville, SC
Stuart's Hot Dawgs
Alderson, WV
Vicious Dogs opened in 2008. This hot dog and French Fry sculpture was about 15 feet long. It was installed over the restaurant's entrance. Vicious Dogs is still there but this sculpture was removed in 2016.

Tanner's Big Orange has been around since at least the 1950s. This sign, which includes a giant hot dog, looks like it's from the 1960s. The hot dog appears to be a match for the one at Hefty's described above. It was probably also produced by International Fiberglass. [map]

The giant hot dog at Stuart's Hot Dawgs was built from a canoe and some tubing. Stuart's opened in 2005 and is located next to the Greenbrier River. [map]

Giant Hot Dog [gone]
Aberdeen, WA
Giant Hot Dog
San Bernardino, CA
The Hot Dog in Aberdeen was located on the roof of the Dog House, a hot dog stand. The business closed in 2011 and the hot dog is gone. For more, see this website.

This Giant Hot Dog is located behind the Unofficial McDonald's Museum which also doubles as the headquarters for Juan Pollo restaurants. This photo is from 2013. This hot dog sure looks like it might have come from the stand in Aberdeen. If not, it must be from the same mold.

Jimmy's Hog Dog Company
Bisbee, AZ
The giant Chicago-style hot dog at Jimmy's Hot Dog Company is about 12 feet long. I believe the place opened in 2007. The giant hot dog was installed around 2010. [map]

Giant Hot Dog
Mackinaw City, MI
This Hot Dog is 60 feet long, making it the world's largest. It is installed on the roof of Wienerlicious which opened in 2014 in an adapted gas station. The hot dog is made of fiberglass over a steel frame. [map] [photos thanks Mark Comstock]

Pronto Pup
Rockaway Beach, OR
The Pronto Pup opened in 2016. It features a 30 foot long corn dog on the roof. There is also a mechanical, bucking corn dog. [map]

More Giant Hot Dogs:
Jimmy's Hot Dogs (Bisbee, AZ)
Griffin Dog House (Griffin, GA)
Hot Diggity Dogs (Medford, NY) [gone]
Waaa Daa Hot Dog Shoppe (Alliance, OH) [gone]
unidentified location (Holland, OH)

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