Mr. Swiss (page 1)

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Mr. Swiss is another A-frame style restaurant with a box in front. This advertisement shows what these buildings looked like originally. The Mr. Swiss company was based in Oklahoma City, OK. The restaurants sold soft-serve ice cream, hamburgers and other sandwiches. The chain was started in 1964 by L.J. Doerfler. By 1968, there were nearly 200 stores in 38 states. It appears the chain dissolved in the 1970s. By the late 1970s, there were hardly any locations left. Although there are no operating locations now, there are still many surviving buildings. If you know of any that still exist which are not represented here, I'd love to hear from you. For more, see see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Mr. Swiss
Cumming, GA
This Mr. Swiss opened in 1971. The large peaked roof in front of the A-frame is an addition. This location had the last known original sign. Shortly before these photos were taken in 2007, the sign was damaged and there was only a panel on the one side. Sometime in 2008, the other half was removed. In 2013, the restaurant closed after a fire. It reopened in 2015. The building appeared to be vacant in 2017. It still looked closed in 2019. For more, see this website. [map]

Swiss Inn
Lebanon, MO
The Swiss Inn is a former Mr. Swiss. This location opened in 1967. The name was changed to the Swiss Inn sometime in the 1970s. The V-shaped sign post is original. [map]

Van's Vans [gone]
Webb City, MO
Van's Vans occupied a former "Mr. Swiss" burger stand when this photo was taken in 2005. By 2010, the building was gone.

former Mr. Swiss
Claremore, OK
2011: 2019:
This former Mr. Swiss was occupied by C&A Paint & Remodel when this photo was taken in 2011. The building previously housed an Enterprise car rental office and a restaurant. Since around 2014, it has housed a beauty salon. [map]

former Mr. Swiss
Joplin, MO
former Mr. Swiss
Bolivar, MO
The former Mr. Swiss in Joplin was built in the 1960s. The building housed Sheppard Auto Sales when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2015, the building was vacant. By 2016, it was housing another used car dealership. [map]

There is a second former Mr. Swiss in Joplin.

The former Mr. Swiss in Bolivar now houses Master Wong's Chinese restaurant. [map]

former Mr. Swiss
Buffalo, MO
This former Mr. Swiss housed Buffalo Burger when this photo was taken in 2010. The sign still uses the original V-shaped pole and has similar Swiss-looking lettering. In 2014, Buffalo Burger closed. The building now houses Brick House Smoked Meats. [map]

former Mr. Swiss
Springfield, MO
This former Mr. Swiss now houses a Brown Derby liquor store. [map]

former Mr. Swiss
Richmond, VA
This former Mr. Swiss now houses a used car dealership. [map]

former Mr. Swiss
Jacksonville, NC
This former Mr. Swiss housed the Your Way Cafe when these photos were taken in 2008 and 2010. In 2014, the Gourmet Grill opened in the building. By 2015, it housed Mama's Cafe. In 2017, it was housing Marjorie's Kitchen. [second photo thanks Robby Delius] [map]

former Mr. Swiss
Flint, MI


This former Mr. Swiss was morphed into a Dairy Queen at some point with a split-roof addition to the front of the building. The drive-in canopy was added later when the business became a "Jr. Varsity Root Beer" (hence, the "V" sign in the top photo). That lasted about ten years. After that, the building housed a pizzeria and then "Maria's Mexican". In 2006, the building was being fixed-up for another fast food operation. The "Old A Drive-in Diner" opened here around 2010. By 2015, the building housed Da' Red Wagon BBQ & More. It's possible that the "V" sign or its frame was flipped upside down and adapted for the "A" that is on the building now. [map]

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