Other Fast Food Chains (page 5)

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former Burger in a Hurry
Haltom City, TX

former Burger in a Hurry
Tuscaloosa, AL
The Burger in a Hurry chain was established in Birmingham, AL in 1961. There were several built in the Birmingham area, one in Tuscaloosa, AL and one in Hialeah, FL. There may have been others. There were plans to build other locations in Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA but I don't know if those were actually built. By the late 1970s, the chain was defunct. I don't know of any other surviving buildings other than these two. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

This building in Haltom City now houses a used car dealer. [map]

The building in Tuscaloosa has been covered up considerably with vinyl siding. It now houses the Tuscaloosa Drug Store. [map]

former Mr. Quick Hamburgers
Fort Worth, TX



former Mr. Quick Hamburgers
Tucson, AZ


The Mr. Quick Hamburgers chain was founded in 1962 in Moline, IL. There were at least 300 locations in about 13 states. There are a few still operating in Michigan. However, none of those have vintage signs or buildings. The building design was inspired by McDonald's restaurants.

This Fort Worth location was built sometime before 1972. Although a dining area box has been added to the front of the building, its original profile is intact. By 2014, the building housed Louisiana Seafood & Fish Market. [map]

The Tucson location had been abandoned for many years. The building may have housed a fried chicken take-out in the 1980s. The atom on top of the sign was part of the Mr. Quick design. There was also a two-dimensional atomic neon sign and a flat-roofed building design as evidenced by this Carthage, MO location which is gone now. In 2016, the Tucson building was adapted for a Domino's and the sign was removed. The atomic sign is now in storage at the Ignite Sign Art Museum in Tucson, AZ. The 15-cent round panel was restored and is displayed inside the museum. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

If you know of any other surviving Mr. Quick buildings, I'd love to hear about them.

The Ku-Ku drive-in restaurant chain had more than 200 locations in the Midwest by the mid-1960s. At that time, five Golden Point locations in Oklahoma had been adapted for Ku-Ku restaurants. By 1969, the chain had folded but a few locations operated independently after that. Ku-Ku refers to the restaurants' cuckoo clock theme. A bird installed over the roof once chimed every hour.

Waylan's Ku-Ku
Miami, OK
Eugene Waylan bought this location in 1973 and renamed it Waylan's Ku-Ku. It is the only operating location left. The building and sign are from 1965. The birdhouse on top of the sign advertised the burger price of 15 cents. Later, that was changed to 19 cents until the panel became blank as prices went up. Around 1977, Waylan added his name to the sign and the ice cream cone was installed. Sometime after that, the original red panels were painted green. The sign has always been maintained. The plastic cuckoo is backlit while the rest of the sign is lit with red, pink, and green neon.

The dining room in front of the building was not part of the original design. The first addition was made in 1977 and the second addition with the glass front is from 1990. There were no drive-thru windows originally. The two drive-thru lanes were added in 1977. The bird near the roof chirped once on the half hour and twice on the hour. It stopped working around 2015 but the owner plans to fix it. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Ku-Ku restaurant
Fort Smith, AR
This former Ku-Ku restaurant now houses the Beer Garden. [map]

former Ku-Ku restaurant
Kansas City, MO
This former Ku-Ku restaurant now houses a used car dealership. [map]

former Ku-Ku restaurant
Garden City, KS
former Ku-Ku restaurant
Bryan, TX
This former Ku-Ku restaurant in Garden City now houses Tacos El Tapatio. [map]

This former Ku-Ku restaurant in Bryan now houses the World Nail Spa. [map]

former Ku-Ku restaurant
Gibbon, NE
I don't know if there was a Ku-Ku restaurant at this location or if the sign was moved here from somewhere else. [map]

More Ku-Ku Buildings & Signs:
Chanute, KS [map]
Wichita, KS

If you know of any other surviving Ku-Ku buildings or signs, I'd love to hear about them.

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