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Zesto Drive-ins (page 2)

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former Zesto Drive-in
Atlanta, GA

2010:

2021:
This Zesto Drive-in was built in 1954. The sign references the date of 1949 which was when the first location, not this one, opened in Atlanta. The 1954 building was replaced in 1991 with the flashy retro style building and signs shown above. This location closed in 2014. In 2015, the building began housing Cookout and the signs were replaced. For more, see this website. [map]

Zesto Drive-in
Atlanta, GA
2010: 2021:
This Zesto Drive-in opened in 1955. The neon sign is from the mid-1980s. It was originally installed at the Piedmont Rd. location shown below. This plastic pole sign was built in 1997. It was removed in 2019. This location was closed in 2021 when a tree fell on the building. For more, see this website. [map]

Zesto Drive-in
Atlanta, GA
This Zesto Drive-in was built in 1953. I don't know how much of the building is original or if it was completely rebuilt in a retro style at some point. The light fixtures inside are probably modern additions. [map]

Zesto Drive-in
Atlanta, GA
This Zesto Drive-in was built in 1959. [map]

Zesto Drive-in
Forest Park, GA
This Zesto Drive-in may have been built in 1974. [map]

There are a few other modern Zesto locations not shown here in the Atlanta area. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Zesto [gone]
Mitchell, SD
Zesto
Lincoln, NE
Dick's Zesto Drive-Inn
Fremont, NE
Zesto
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 this website. [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.

Zesto
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 Zesto Drive Inn was built in 1953. The business and this rooftop sign were moved to the current location in 1965. 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. The pole sign was either unique or it was the only one left. That sign was removed around 2018 and replaced with a backlit plastic sign and graphic display. [map]

Sno-White Drive-in
Madera, CA

2008:

2014:
This Sno-White Drive-in opened as a Zesto in 1950. The horizontal panels on the sign were probably added when this business became a Sno-White. The Zesto chain was introduced in California when the Lodi location opened in 1949. At that point, there were plans for about 40 locations to be built in Northern and Central California. At least five were built there with at least two in Southern California. By 1962, a few of these Zesto locations were sold to the Sno-White chain, while others went independent. There were about 200 Sno-White Drive-in locations in California at the chain's peak. In 2009, the Madera 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 2021, the windows were still boarded up and the business was still 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:
Lodi, CA [map]
Los Angeles, CA [map]
Tracy, CA [vintage; gone]
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 of other locations, I'd love to hear from you.

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