Burger Chef (page 1)

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The first Burger Chef opened in Indianapolis, IN in 1958. By the 1960s, there were locations in 38 states and, by 1969, there were 1,000 locations. In the 1970s, under the ownership of General Foods, the company went into decline. Many became Hardee's outlets, some became Mr. Cook restaurants. The last operating Burger Chef closed in 1996. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The following pages of this section are organized alphabetically by state.

former Burger Chef
Dothan, AL
former Burger Chef [gone]
Montgomery, AL
The Burger Chef building and sign in Dothan were adapted by Plum's Lounge. [map]

The Burger Chef building in Montgomery last housed Vicki's Lunch Van. The building was demolished in 2023.

There was another Burger Chef in Montgomery which is still there but is greatly remodeled.

former Burger Chef
Little Rock, AR
This former Burger Chef has been here since at least 1965. The building is las housed a used car dealership. It was vacant in 2022. [map]

former Burger Chef
Fullerton, CA
2013: 2018:
This former Burger Chef now houses B&B Donuts. In 2014, the building was repainted. In 2016, the building was painted again and the donut sign was added. [map]

former Burger Chef
Yuba City, CA
This former Burger Chef was vacant when this photo was taken in 2015. The building housed the Teriyaki House earlier in the year. By 2016, the building was housing Antonio's Quick Lunch. [map]

former Burger Chef
Rialto, CA


This former Burger Chef housed Jim's Burgers for many years. In 2014, the building was given a makeover for an appearance in the Mad Men television show. The diamonds, red and white paint scheme, and interior were recreated. The restaurant is now known as Chris's Burgers. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

former Burger Chef
Anaheim, CA
Angelo's Hamburgers has adapted the sign and building of this former Burger Chef. [map]

former Burger Chef
Pomona, CA
This former Burger Chef has housed Samo's since at least the 1970s. The building is unrecognizable. The sign was either a very late design or, more likely, rebuilt to resemble the larger original. [map]

former Burger Chef
Fresno, CA
former Burger Chef
Antioch, CA
This former Burger Chef in Fresno now houses Speedy Zapatos Mexican restaurant. Speedy Zapatos was established in 1974 but this is not their original location. [map]

This former Burger Chef in Antioch has housed a Wienerschnitzel since around 2011. [map]

former Burger Chef
Redwood City, CA
This former Burger Chef has housed various used car lots in recent years. It was vacant in 2022. In 2023, the property was surrounded by chain link fencing. [map]

More California:
Canoga Park [vintage; gone]
Cupertino [gone]

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