Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Burger Chef - Then and Now (Sort of)

A typical mid-1970's Burger Chef (Courtesy JSF's Burger Chef Tribute Website)
Way back here in 2009, I blogged about the Burger Chef at 28th Street and Broadway in Lorain.

Readers of this blog might remember that Burger Chef, at that location since September 1968, is where fellow blogger Alan Hopewell used to hang out and swill coffee with his buddies (read about those days right here in Alan's blog). It's also where my pal Debi used to serve up those hot, crispy, golden-brown french fries during the summer of 1977.

The restaurant later became a Hardee's in the early 1990's before eventually closing.

Anyway, I happened to drive by the former Burger Chef this past weekend and grabbed a shot. It's now R & J Southern Style Cooking (below).

Here's a link to their website.

I wish them the best of luck with their restaurant. Besides its unique concept, it's got a nice high-profile location with a lot of good Lorain food memories.


Visit JSF's Burger Chef Tribute website for some great Burger Chef memories!


Anonymous said...


As a Burger Chef, the place dates to 1968; I remember my brother Mike and I eating there then.

A soul food joint? YUM!

Dan Brady said...

Hi Alan,
I probably rely too much on City Directories and phone books for figuring out the years that things opened.

Hey, can you remember if the Lorain Burger Chef originally had that distinctive inverted V-shaped roofline design? I do remember the sign with the mustachioed chef.

-Alan D Hopewell said...

IIRC, it did; it was built on the site of the old Sealtest Dairy.

Looks like The Elves fixed the machine; hope it stays that way.

TenPoundHammer said...

After Hardee's, it was Rax for a while too.

Anonymous said...

It was one of the last Burger Chefs to close nationwide.