It was Minnie Pearl.
And it was fifty years ago this month that Minnie Pearl’s Chicken held its Grand Opening at its location at 2130 Leavitt Road, near the intersection with W. 21st Street.
Above is the Grand Opening ad, which ran in the Journal on September 10, 1969.
Here are two more Journal ads from that time period.
|Sept. 18, 1969 ad|
|Sept. 26, 1969 ad|
|Vintage promotional postcard|
This is what a typical outlet and sign looked like.
Kentucky Fried Chicken) opened on Oberlin Avenue.
Not that it did much good. For a variety of reasons (which you can read about here), the Minnie Pearl’s restaurant chain failed very quickly. Then (as I pointed out here back in 2011) the shuttered restaurant on Leavitt became part of the Brady's Restaurant empire as Brady’s Chuckwagon Chicken House.
Today the location has been the longtime home of Marco's Pizza.
While preparing this post, I stumbled up the great movie poster below for Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar (1965). The cinematic country music jamboree featured a variety of stars, including Minnie Pearl, as well as two of my favorite comedians: Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall, the stars of the Bowery Boys movies mentioned on this blog so many times in the last ten years.
And here’s the trailer for the movie.