here, here and here), I've never had an actual date that the restaurant opened – until now.
The ad above ran in the Lorain Journal on Thursday, October 17, 1968 – 45 years ago today – and announced the restaurant's Grand Opening that weekend.
It's interesting that the restaurant's signature sandwich – the Big Shef – was spelled with a "S" instead of a "C." I wonder why?
The ad is also amusing how the photos of the hamburgers are lined up like so many yawning clams.
Anyway, although my friend Debi worked there in the summer after high school, I don't remember too much about Burger Chef except their TV cartoon spokespersons at the time, Burger Chef and Jeff!
And for the very best tribute website dedicated to Burger Chef – a website that recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary – click here.