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former Royal Castle
Cleveland, OH
former Royal Castle
Cleveland, OH

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former Royal Castle
Cleveland, OH
Theis Royal Castle building design was from around 1963, as evidenced by this patent. This vintage photo shows one being built. These locations closed in 1974. I don't know if there were any other locations built using this design. For more, see this website.

The first Royal Castle was built in Miami, FL in 1938. By 1960, there were 175 Royal Castles in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Ohio. Early photos of the Ohio and Florida locations show the same "Fit for a King" terrazzo floor. The first location in Cleveland opened in 1940. By 1947, there were four locations in town. By 1955, there were 15 locations. The mid-century modern locations in the South looked nothing like the Cleveland buildings shown here. The last operating Royal Castle location is in Miami, FL.

The location shown in the first row above operated as a CashSmart check cashing office for many years. The building was vacant in 2020. [map]

The location in the second row was a Donut Connection in 2007. By 2012, it housed Ace Cash Express. [map]

The third location shown above has been vacant for many years. This photo is from 2012. Around 2017, the building had been painted the same colors as the first location shown above. It was still vacant in 2021. [map]

former Whopper Burger
San Antonio, TX
The first former Whopper Burger shown here now houses Burger Boy. There were at least eight locations in San Antonio at one point. Burger King bought out the company in the mid-1980s and began building their own locations in town. Some of the old Whopper Burger locations were taken over by Murf's Better Burgers. As far as I know, there are only these three buildings left. [map]

former Whopper Burger
San Antonio, TX
This former Whopper Burger now houses Frontline Smokehouse. [map]

former Whopper Burger
San Antonio, TX
This former Whopper Burger has been vacant for many years. [map]

former Krystal
Hudson, FL
Krystal was founded in 1932 in Chattanooga, TN and developed into a Southeastern chain. This Hudson building is an early example, complete with the signature crystal ball over the entrance. The building now houses Big Fred's Route 66. The Krystal chain continues to expand and now has more than 400 locations. However, there are only a handful of these old buildings left. I don't believe any of them still house Krystal restaurants. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Krystal
Jackson, MS
former Krystal
New Orleans, LA
This former Krystal in Jackson now houses Taste of the Island Caribbean Take-Out. [map]

This former Krystal in New Orleans is now home to a Subway restaurant. [map]

Krystal
New Orleans, LA
H. Salt Fish & Chips
Sacramento, CA
I don't know when this Krystal opened but I'm pretty sure that it's modern. I'll include it for the simulated vintage exterior. [map]

The H. Salt Fish & Chips chain was established in 1965 with the first location in Sausalito, CA. There were about 500 locations around the country and Canada by 1969 when the chain was sold to Kentucky Fried Chicken. By 1987, the remaining 60 locations were sold to the franchisees. This Sacramento location was built in 1969 and is the best-preserved example of the surviving locations. Most of the other still-operating locations are in strip malls and don't have pole signs like this. The only other building that I know of that comes close to this is this adapted location in Chesapeake, VA. For more, see this website. [map]

former Hot 'n Now
Plainwell, MI
former Hot 'n Now
Marshfield, WI
The Hot 'n Now chain was founded in Kalamazoo, MI in 1984. By 1990, there were more than 150 locations in 15 states. After being acquired by Pepsi, the company went bankrupt in 2004. There is only one location still operating which is in Sturgis, MI. However, there are still many buildings left that have been repurposed or are still vacant. For more, see this website.

This Plainwell location had been abandoned for years. This photo is from 2011. By 2012, the building had been remodeled and was housing Taco Boy. By 2015, the building was housing Donk's Mexican Joint. By 2018, it was housing a Jimmy John's. [map]

The sign on the Plainwell building reflected the post-2000 Pepsi-redesigned logo. It would have originally looked like the one in Marshfield which was still open when this photo was taken in 2011. By 2015, the building was housing Papagalos: A Taste of Chicago. The building was vacant again in 2019. [map]

There is a former Hot 'n Now building in Toledo, OH. [map]

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