Virginia Drive-ins

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Wright's Dairy-Rite Drive-in
Staunton, VA
Wright's Dairy-Rite Drive-in began as a custard stand in 1952. The restaurant added car hops in 1954 and still has them. The original "Servus-Fone" speakers for placing orders are still in place. This sign was built in 1964. The panel beneath the "Curb Service" panel originally advertised for Kentucky Fried Chicken. The bottom panel has always been a message panel. [map]

Doumar's Cones & BBQ
Norfolk, VA
Doumar's Cones & BBQ first opened in 1907 at the Ocean View Amusement Park. That building was destroyed by a hurricane in 1933 and they reopened here in 1934. Today's building and canopy designs reflect a 1954 renovation. [map]

Doumar's claims to have invented the waffle ice cream cone (Abe Doumar sold them at the St. Louis Fair in 1904). They still use the cone-making machine and offer carhop service. Doumar's once had a Detroit location and another in Fort Lauderdale, FL from 1950-1962. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

More Virginia:
Hob-Nob Drive-in (Gate City) [map]
Burroughs' Drive-in (Norfolk) [vintage; gone]

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