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What Happened to Burger Chef? 8 Iconic American Restaurant Chains 2 days ago   14:18

Restaurant Rewind
Today we are taking a closer look at another fast food restaurant that with over 1200 locations at its peak, was poised to be at the top of the burger food chain. Burger Chef was an American fast-food restaurant chain founded in 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana by brothers - and inventors - Frank and Don Thomas, and a partner Bob Wildman. The chain featured several signature items, such as the Big Shef, the Super Shef, the Funmeal, and the Works Bar.

In this edpisode, we explore Burger Chef’s beginnings, its innovative mark in fast food, and finally the eventual buyout by Hardee’s.

REFERENCES
"Images of America - Burger Chef" - By Scott R. Sanders - https://www.amazon.com/Burger-Images-America-Scott-Sanders/dp/0738560987
"Flameout: The Rise and Fall of Burger Chef" by John P. McDonald - https://www.amazon.com/Flameout-Rise-Fall-Burger-Chef/dp/1456418637
JSF's BURGER CHEF Tribute Site - tons of details on Burger Chef history - http://jsfburgerchef.homestead.com/
The Burger Chef Reliquary - locations and discussion boards - http://www.thebawdycloister.com/reliquary/
Kyle's Burger Chef Memories Website - A great Burger Chef tribute site, fantastic vintage photos! - http://www.freewebs.com/burgerchef/
Lost Indiana: Burger Chef A page about Burger Chef in its home state. - https://lostindiana.net/2001/06/01/burger-chef-indianapolis/
Roadside Architecture: Eateries Photos of former Burger Chef buildings and signs. - http://www.roadsidearchitecture.com/

Comments 1204 Comments

Seth Thomas
Don't remember ever going to a Burger Chef. There was a Henrys in Cedar Falls, Iowa until the late 70's and a Mr. Quick in Iowa falls, Iowa until the early 80's
Karen Ballard
Years ago I used to go to Berger chef. Liked it alot better than Berger king. I wondered what happened to it. Also miss skippers seafood restaurant. Seems like every time I have a favorite place, it closes down. Makes me almost feel like I've jinxed the place 😖
John Cab
I kept a small collection of the fun meal boxes that were plastic and shaped like race cars. Came with stickers you could put on them! Can’t do that with a happy meal box.
Noah James Boyd
Fairhaven, Near my Hometown of New Bedford, had A Burger Chef before it became a Burger King
Michael Hall
I had forgotten about burger chef. But we always went there instead of McDonald's in Manchester Missouri in the 70s.
Kathleen Smith
Henry's was in cincinnati
David Jones
We had a Burger Chief in Bessemer Alabama, now an auto parts store. Hardees came a little later to this area. Many of the Hardees are now closed. A few new Hardees have opened in this area. I tired them but slow and poor service and the food not tasting as I remember has kept me from returning.
Brad Anderson
I always thought burger chef aka schroeder's was better than McDonald's their fries were always fresh
hoimerules
Burger Chef and Jeff!
M Math
Burger Chef and Jeff! I liked the works bar
jacqueliney32
Am I too young to remember remember this? Because I've never heard of Burger Chef before.
God has entered into my body, as a body of a ghost
the burger chef building in speedway, Indiana, where the employees, today, sits vacant. I was a get cash place for a long time, but right now its empty. it is on Crawfordsville road, in speedway, indiana
God has entered into my body, as a body of a ghost
I could buy a hamburger, and small French fries, for one dollar. that's what mom gave me for lunch, was a buck, and this bought my lunch
God has entered into my body, as a body of a ghost
I used to walk to burger chef, on west Washington street, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and eat lunch everyday, while in grade school. the food was identical to mcdonalds
Captin John
Man do I ever miss Burger Chef!! This place brings back a flood of memories. Like going to BC and loading up with burgers and fries and large drinks to go, then head'n to the River Road Drive In movies in Longview Tx. Man where's a time machine when you need one. 🍔
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Alice Milling
I always wondered what happened to Burger chef we had one I Lakewood NJ until around 1984 I think
I always loved the food there
The had great fish sandwiches too 😃👍
Cari D
What happened to the fast food chain “Minute Man”?
Scott Reed
One of the great business blunders of all time was the re-branding of Burger Chef to Hardees. Reallyl dumb.
Anonymous One
Wow a walk down memory lane.. I had forgotten all about Burger Chef. A place my family visited often some 40 years ago when I was a kid.
Kai Thongsavanh
Had a Burger Chef up the street where I lived. My best friends brother worked there and told me they mixed the tartar sauce by putting their bare arm into a huge bucket and mixing it “manually”. The kids meal was all I ever got, being a kid and all. You’d get a plain burger and go to the toppings bar and put whatever you wanted on your burger. I liked that restaurant
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8 Iconic American Restaurant Chains What Happened to Burger Chef? 2 days ago   01:07

From an unforgettable Mexican restaurant chain to the donut shop the U.S. forgot, we're asking the question: "What the HELL happened to these eight iconic Restaurants?" Dammit...I was really in the mood for that Monte Cristo sandwich and a pint of their finest ale...

Our list:

8: Bennigan's
7: Chi-chi's
6: The Ground Round
5: Kenny Rogers Roasters
4: Sambo's
3: Burger Chef
2: Mister Donut
1: Steak and Ale

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