Zesto Drive-ins (page 2)

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former Zesto Drive-in (now Cookout)
Ponce de Leon
Atlanta, GA
Zesto Drive-in
Moreland Avenue (Little Five Points)
Atlanta, GA
Zesto Drive-in
Piedmont Rd.
Atlanta, GA
The Ponce de Leon location was built in 1954. The sign references the date of 1949 which was when the first location, not this one, opened in Atlanta. The original building at this location was built in 1954. It was replaced with this one in 1991. It was definitely the flashiest Zesto of them all. These photos are from 2010. This location closed in 2014. In 2015, the building's new occupant was Cookout. The signs have been replaced. For more, see this website. [map]

The Moreland Avenue location opened in 1955. The neon sign is from the mid-1980s. It was originally installed at the Piedmont Rd. location. The pole sign was built in 1997. For more, see this website. [map]

This Piedmont Rd. location was built from 1969-1970. This location and the one in Tyrone, GA also features Burrito Brothers' menu. [map]

There are a few other modern Zesto locations not shown here in the Atlanta area. For more, see this website.

Zesto [gone]
Mitchell, SD
Lincoln, NE
Dick's Zesto Drive-Inn
Fremont, NE
Omaha, NE
This Zesto in Mitchell had been located here since the early 1950s. In 2014, this Zesto moved to a new location. The sign is gone now and a peaked roof was installed on top of the building.

This Zesto in Lincoln is one of two in town. The other is modern and part of a strip mall. I believe this location opened in 1950. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Dick's Zesto Drive-Inn features a plastic sign with colorful balls. I don't know of any other Zesto location that has this. For more, see this website. [map]

This Zesto in Omaha has the older, classic rooftop sign. [map]

former Zesto [gone]
Omaha, NE
I assume this Zesto in Omaha must have either rebuilt or remodeled their building extensively. The sign is the classic rooftop design but it was moved to a pole. I believe this location's roof design and interior tilework is unique. These photos are from 2009. This location closed around 2012. The building was still vacant in 2018. The neon sign was removed in 2018 and is now in a private collection.

Alliance, NE
This Zesto is an early location with its original glass block walk-up window. The neon rooftop sign is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

former Zesto [gone]
Scottsbluff, NE
This Zesto had been remodeled quite a bit but the rooftop sign was still nicely maintained when these photos were taken in 2012. The building appeared to be vacant. In 2015, Midwest Slingers moved into the building but closed soon after that. The rooftop sign was covered up. In 2016, the building was demolished.

former Zesto Drive Inn [gone]
Brookings, SD
Zesto Shop
Pierre, SD
The Zesto Drive Inn in Brookings apparently replaced its sign at some point. This location opened in 1950. This photo is from 2008. In 2009, this Zesto moved to a modern mall location. By 2011, this building had been remodeled for the Backyard Grill and the Zesto signs were gone.

The Zesto Shop in Pierre has the classic curved rooftop sign. I don't know if the checks on the blue background were original or added later. This business is seasonal. [map]

Zesto Drive Inn
Watertown, SD
The Watertown Zesto was built in 1953. The business and this rooftop sign were moved to the current location in 1965. The pole sign was either the only one built like this or it is the only one left. The rooftop sign is about 15 feet long and was built by the Bob Smythe Sign Co. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The ice cream is outlined with white and yellow neon. The Zesto text is lit in red. Originally, the curved panels were outlined with blue. That tubing is missing now. [map]

Sno-White Drive-in
Madera, CA


I believe this Sno-White Drive-in opened as a Zesto around 1955. There were about 200 Sno-White Drive-in locations in California at the chain's peak. As far as I know, this is the only Sno-White that moved into a Zesto building. I don't know of any other Zestos built in California. The horizontal panels on the sign were probably added when this business became a Sno-White. In 2009, the building and sign were repainted bright yellow. Sometime after 2011, the rooftop sign was painted blue. In 2015, the front of the building was badly damaged by a two-car collision. In 2019, the windows were still boarded up and the business was closed. [map]

Zesto's Burger
& Fish House [gone]
Seattle, WA
Penguin Zesto
Winona, MN
The Zesto's Burger & Fish House opened in 1952. It was the last of seven Zesto locations in Seattle. The Zesto's part of the sign revolved. The building is unremarkable. These photos are from 2008. In 2012, Zesto's closed and RoRo BBQ moved into the space. Since 2013, the building has housed the El Camion Adentro restaurant. The Zesto's sign is gone.

The Penguin Zesto was once part of the Zesto chain. I don't know if this cute barn-like building was built when it opened or if it came later. [map]

S&I Ice Cream
Concord, NC
S&I Ice Cream was originally a Zesto Drive-in which opened around 1965. S&I Ice Cream was at a previous location before moving into this building. [map]

More Zesto Drive-ins:
Wichita, KS [vintage; gone]
Bartlesville, OK [vintage; gone]
Anderson, SC [map]
Knoxville, TN [vintage; gone]
Provo, UT [vintage; gone]

There are other Zestos out there that I don't have photo references to yet. If you know know of other locations or have photos of them, I'd love to hear from you.

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