Alabama Eateries

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former Jack's Hamburgers
Birmingham, AL


Jack's Hamburgers was a regional chain founded in 1960 near Birmingham. This building and sign are the only surviving examples of the chain's walk-up stand from the mid-1960s. It was very short-lived and closed before the chain redesigned their locations in the 1970s to include dining rooms. The signs were also redesigned in a lollipop style which is still used today. This building has been used for a variety of businesses in recent years. However, it was vacant in 2010 when these photos were taken. By 2011, the property was being used by Greg's Auto Sales & Detailing. The property now seems to be used for storing cars. The building and sign are still there. For more, see this website. [map]

White Palace Café
Gadsden, AL
Golden Rule Bar-B-Q
Hoover, AL
The White Palace Café is an Art Deco building faced with structural glass. It had been closed for many years before it reopened in 2010 as the White Palace on Broad. Since around 2011, the building housed the Twisted Ultra Lounge. It now houses Rock-N-Roll Sushi. For more, see this website. [map]

The Golden Rule Bar-B-Q features an interesting style roof. Although it somewhat resembles a Burger in a Hurry restaurant, it never was. In 2020, the name was changed to Archie's Barbecue & Burgers. [map]

Ed's Drive-in
Jackson, AL
Ed's Drive-in opened in 1964 and is still operating. [map]

Minnie Mae's
Jackson, AL
Minnie Mae's was previously known as Billy's Burger House. It became Minnie Mae's in 2014. This sign was built then. I'm told that this building and the Ed's Drive-in building were owned by two brothers. The smaller Ed's building was supposedly built first. Since 2021, this location has been known as B's Burger House. [map]

More Alabama:
Shamrock Drive-in (Dothan) [gone]
Frosty Mug Drive-in (Jasper)

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